Fans of the hit FX drama “Pose,” whose second season starts this week, may know Angelica Ross as Candy Ferocity, the show’s brash but sensitive house mother, but Angelica is as active off camera as she is on.
The founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that helps empower trans and gender nonconforming people, Angelica is a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. In her latest creative endeavor — in which she does double duty as an Executive Producer and a cast member — she’s bringing the story of a black, trans woman in New Orleans in the week before Hurricane Katrina to the screen. That new web series, “King Ester,” is currently on the festival circuit.
A true multi-hyphenate, Angelica sums up the connective tissue between her work with elegant simplicity: “I am a humanist. The work I do is all about empowering people and moving humanity forward, regardless of identity.”
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Sagittarius.
ON A SCALE OF 1 (INTROVERT) TO 10 (EXTROVERT): 5, because I often find myself at the extremes, but I constantly seek balance.
AGE YOU FEEL: I feel like I’m in my early 20s.
HOMETOWN: New York City.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Racine, WI.
HAIR COLOR: Dark brown.
FIRST SCREEN NAME: Black TS Angel.
FAVORITE SCENT TO WEAR: Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb.
FAVORITE SCENT TO SMELL: Men’s pheromones.
FIRST CD: “I Wanna Be Down” by Brandy.
GO-TO KARAOKE SONG: “More than Words” by Extreme.
PARTY HAIR: Sleek ponytail.
SUNDAY HAIR: Freshly washed curls.
RIDE-OR-DIE BEAUTY PRODUCT: Hair Milk from Mizani.
MANTRA: Never give up.
1. James Anthony 2. A New Earth 3. Queen Aurora Sexton 4. “The Read” 5. Flowerbomb 6. Candy Ferocity
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MAGIC 8 BALL OR OUIJA BOARD: Magic 8 Ball.
SUNRISE OR SUNSET: Sunrise.
NEW MOON OR FULL MOON: New moon.
SWEATPANTS OR CAFTAN: Sweatpants.
HIGH PONY OR MESSY BUN: High pony.
1. Angelica in a Wildform ponytail 2. LGBTQ+ activists 3. Spa facial 4. “King Ester” 5. Brandy 6. Mizani Miracle Milk
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: Buddhism and people who reflect concepts that move our society forward.
INDIVIDUAL YOU ADMIRE: Raquel Willis. Despite the daily challenges of being a young Black trans woman in today’s society, she is an example of how to not just survive, but to THRIVE.
1. NYC 2. Magic 8 Ball 3. Atlanta 4. Candy Ferocity 5. Buddha 6. Racine, WI
FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING: Chant Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō.
LAST THING YOU DO AT NIGHT: Skincare routine and brush teeth.
FAVORITE BEAUTY RITUAL: Spa facials with an esthetician.
REMEDY FOR A CREATIVE BLOCK: Taking a long walk.
HOW YOU GET CHILL AF: Listening to podcasts and/or meditative music.
FAVORITE METHOD OF TRANSFORMATION: Concealer and chanting.
1. Raquel Willis 2. India Arie 3. “The Way We Were” 4. Mary Jane Paul 5. Michael Costello 6. Sagittarius 7. Extreme
__ BLANK SPACE __
I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT ____ real friends.
I PROBABLY HAVE TOO MANY ____ beauty products.
WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE ____ a professor of life studies.
IN MY NEXT LIFE I’LL PROBABLY COME BACK AS ____ another strong black woman (if I’m lucky).
MOVIE: “The Way We Were.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: James Anthony.
DESIGNER: Michael Costello.
ARTIST: India Arie.
PODCAST: “The Read.”
SONG: “Sacred Space” by India Arie.
BOOK: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
FICTIONAL CHARACTER: Mary Jane Paul from “Being Mary Jane.”
TROUBLEMAKER: Candy Ferocity.
SHAPESHIFTER: Queen Aurora Sexton
UNSUNG HERO: LGBTQ+ activists. The work is unpaid and unrecognized, and yet, they do it tirelessly, day in and day out.