"I cook naked, and I walk around naked," Tracee Ellis Ross tells PEOPLE

By Gabrielle Olya and Emily Strohm
Updated December 08, 2020 10:41 AM
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Tracee Ellis Ross has no reservations about her body, so when she’s at home, she’s often in the nude.

“I cook naked, and I walk around naked,” the black-ish star, 43, tells PEOPLE. “I’m very comfortable with my body.”

Gaining body confidence was something that came with time for the actress, who posed for PEOPLE’s “Not a Drop of Photoshop” spread. When she starred in Girlfriends in the early 2000s, Ross was hard on herself when she put on some weight.

“It frightened me,” she says.

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Ross has now come to a point in her life where the focus of her diet and exercise regimen is her health, rather than her appearance.

“How I looked was important, but my health was more important,” she says.

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Ross swears by the Tracy Anderson Method to keep her toned – she’s been adhering to the dance-based workouts for the past five years. And while she’s not in perfect shape, she’s totally fine with that.

“I’m toned, but I’m not cut,” she says. “I like a little jiggle!”