By Alexandra Whittaker
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 @ 7:05 pm
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What do you wear to an award show when you're as fabulously fashion-forward as Tracee Ellis Ross? Whatever happens to float your boat that day, that's what.

Ross is one of the few celebrities who could get away with pretty much anything on the red carpet, but for the 2018 Emmys, she chose to go bolder than ever with a little help from Valentino and Tamara Mellon. 

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The actress — who is up for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series tonight — dazzled in a showstopping pink cloud of a Valentino couture dress and Tamara Mellon shoes, keeping her makeup just as bubblegum-colored, and her hair slicked back.

Ross is no stranger to going bold when the situation calls for it (which tonight obviously does). She's a star we can count on to play with her fashion, but also recognize the industry for what it is.

"Fashion can be judgmental. It can be elitist. It can be exclusionary. But the opportunity is for it to be used as a tool to connect, to include, to empower, and to bring joy," she told InStyle earlier this year.

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"The business of fashion has the power to shift culture the same way that the practice of style has the ability to empower an individual. So I hope that we all can go out there and know that we're not just making accessories, we're not just making clothes, but we actually can include and then change our world and shift the way we see each other and how we perceive each other."

Wise words — and we hope to hear more from her tonight. 

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