Tracy Ellis Ross has been teasing her instagram followers all weekend about a secret project that was underway. Ross finally revealed what the project was, and it was a pleasant surprise. The actress decided to recreate her mother’s music video for the classic hit “Work That Body.”

In the video, which premiered on Ross’ website first, we see the actress dancing in different colored leotards, copying Diana Ross’ moves, with images of her mom thrown in. When Ross was explaining to fans about why exactly she made this video, Ross said even though her then 36 year old mother was making those booty shaking moves for the camera, it didn’t have the same objectification seen in most videos today. She went on to say:

“I know it was a different time, it was the 80’s, but still, it didn’t feel like she was dancing as a presentation of herself, or like she was offering up her bits, which I feel like most videos are these days. Often in today’s images, we are being objectified or we are objectifying ourselves. I think it is meant to be an empowered act, a reclaiming of our bodies. But that is not always what it feels like to me. I am not intending to judge, just exploring with curiosity.”

Ross realized because her mother was confident, it showed in the video to the fans and she hopes to inspire women all over to do and feel the same. She also said:

“And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video. 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.”

Check out Tracee the comedian below as she recreates her mother’s hit “Work That Body.”

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