*The lovely Tracee Ellis Ross sat down with Essence magazine to talk about her new role on a BET comedy called “Reed Between the Lines.” And it’s definitely been a long while since we’ve seen the actress apart from her role as Joan Clayton.

“On Girlfriends I had become a woman, but it wasn’t until three or four years later that I really began to embody who I had become,” she told the magazine.

The actress will be on the cover of Essence September fashion issue, which is prefect because she’s a woman with a sense of style and class.

She graces the cover in a chic dress and warms the inside pages with a beautiful smile and her story about her transformation.

The issue goes on sale, August 12.