Words by Amber McKynzie
Diana Ross may have initiated the family name, but her children have surely continued its legacy. While the Motown best-selling artist entered the music world in the 1960’s with the Supremes—and later parted ways to embark on her solo career—her five children, Ross, Rhonda, Tracee, Chudney and Evan, have found multiple ways to continue the legend their mother started more than 50 years ago through the realms of television, film, fashion, education and more.
From Chudney and Rhonda’s top-tier collegiate education and choice careers to match to Evan and Tracee’s life on the big screen and Ross’s adventurous lifestyle celebrated through photography, the Ross coterie has found a way to expand their name’s reach and become a multi-arena conglomerate. When you’re a Ross, you know there ain’t no mountain high enough; now that’s a family business motto to live by.
The Face of a Legend
Diana Ross became a global phenomenon as a solo artist the moment she left her 1960’s group, The Supremes, to pursue her own vocal talent and life on Broadway. Over her career she’s become worth a $160 million, and she has Motown to thank for it.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Tracee Ellis Ross has become a successful television and film actress with a look just a striking as Diana’s. Aside from her talent on the screen, Tracee’s wild mane and engaging eyes are a replica of of none other than her mother’s.
While Chudney Ross may be Diana Ross’s youngest daughter, she has the ambition and business mindset reflective of her parents. The 38-year-old appeared in a number of ad campaigns and made several TV appearances, but after graduating from Georgetown University, Chudney went on to teach in Washington D.C.’s inner-city school district. Using her surname for good, she’s now a published children’s author and mentor.
The Soul of Her Mother
Rhonda Ross Kendrick is the love child of her famed mother and Motown founder, Berry Gordy. Like her sister Tracee, she took on the acting world and starred in films such as The Last Dragon (1985) and The Temptations (1998), and made cameos on Cosby, Girlfriends and Another World. Knowing that music is in her blood, Rhonda married jazz musician Rodney Kendrick, and now owns a real estate brokerage firm in New York.
The Baby of the Family
Everyone remembers Diana’s youngest child, Evan Ross, from the moment he stepped onto the big screen alongside T.I. as his younger brother in ATL. Since then he’s acquired a number of movie roles over the years, most recently appearing in Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) and Mooz-Lum (2011). In 2010, he took on a recurring role as Charlie Shelby on 90210.
Adventure & Beyond
Ross Naess is the eldest Ross sibling. Ross will always be a part of the family business, but unlike his brothers and sisters he didn’t follow the show biz route. Following in the footsteps of his father, Arne Naess, Ross went on to discover the world and eventually turned to photography to express his love for adventure. And at heart, he’ll always be a mama’s boy.
Tracee & Diana in the Famed Mother/Daughter Picture
Tracee has been one with her mother since the public can remember. The Girlfriends’ actress most closely resembles her mother more than any other sibling, and this classic mother/daughter picture shows nothing but love.
While Chudney, Tracee and Evan have created their own lanes in business and entertainment, they have no problem coming together to take the spotlight in as a family.