Tracee Ellis Ross Recreates Work that Body Video

Tracee Puts Her Spin on Her Mom’s 1981 Work that Body Video

work that body videoTracee Ellis Ross has recreated the video for Work that Body, the 1981 single recorded by her mother Diana Ross.

Those of you old enough will remember the early 80’s as the absolute height of the aerobics fitness craze. It gave actress Jane Fonda a much needed career boost, and spawned such iconic tunes as Olivia Newton John’s Physical.

Diana’s Work that Body video, recorded when she was 36 and already the mother of three, added to the craze, as well as spawning another hit for Ross to add to her ever-expanding collection.

Tracee said she’s always been fascinated by the video, but only recently discovered why. It was when she had the answers that it dawned on her to recreate the visual as a tribute to her mother. TRACEE ELLIS ROSS WORK THAT BODY VIDEO

“And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video,” Tracee wrote on her site. “I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, “this is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME”!”
Below you can check out Tracee’s 2015 version of Work that Body, and of course under that is Diana’s original version.

The original