Ross, who helped found Hollywood’s gender-equality movement Time’s Up, is known for her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” and for playing Joan Clayton on the long-running hit series “Girlfriends.”
She is an executive producer on the ABC comedy show “Mixed-ish,” and recently wrapped production on the Focus Features comedy “Covers,” alongside Dakota Johnson, which is set for a May 2020 release.
In April 2018, Ross opened the TED Conference, the first black woman to do so.
In September, the actress/producer/comedian/activist unveiled her move into beauty with Pattern, a hair-care brand for the underserved curly, coily and tight-textured community. Ross is the founder and chief executive officer of the brand, which was 10-plus years in the making.
As reported, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Loewe are among the names competing for brand of the year at the London awards this year, along with Prada and Jacquemus, while Alessandro Michele, Daniel Lee, Jonathan Anderson and Kim Jones are all nominees for the accessories designer prize.
Michele, Lee, Anderson, Jones and Miuccia Prada will also compete for the designer of the year prize.
More special recognition awards will be revealed prior to the event and celebrated on the night.
The Fashion Awards is the largest fund-raiser for the British Fashion Council’s talent initiatives and programs, and the money goes toward supporting students and young talent.
In 2018, the BFC raised more than 2.3 million pounds for its charities and business support initiatives and allocated 1.1 million pounds directly to scholars and designer businesses.