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Viola Davis Embraces Her Beauty After Going Natural

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Viola Davis is an Academy Award nominated actress who became a household name after appearing in the film, The Help.  She now graces the screen in the movie Prisoners. She recently sat down with Essence Magazine and shared her struggle with accepting herself, including her own definition of what it means to truly be beautiful.

“I have never felt pretty,” she told Essence editor-in-chief, Vanessa K. Bush.

Davis went on to describe a community where she felt alienated and isolated because of her skin color and looks. Unfortunately, she internalized the opinions of others and began to think negatively about  herself.

“In fact, I embraced being ugly,” she said.  Yet, she never let that deter her from wanting and believing in more. “Without hope, I would be dead” she added.

Rather than honing in on external factors that she could not control, she decided to look inward and work on improving her overall attitude and outlook on life.  Acting became cathartic and a way for her to truly express her innermost gifts and talents.

“My career has gotten to a certain point where I have a certain semblance of power. That power has allowed me to work through it,” she said.

One of the outward signs of that internal acceptance was Davis fully displaying her natural hair. In an industry that is full of extensions, weaves, wigs and buns, Davis realized that she could no longer hide who she really was and wanted to be.

“I was begging to be loved, [and] got tired,” she said about the wigs. She noted that she had a  “jacuzzi wig” and “post-jacuzzi wig” which ultimately “came to be seen as a crutch.”

In a society that seems to embrace that which is superficial, it is refreshing to see a star of Viola Davis’ magnitude open up about the reality of Black beauty.

6 Comments

  1. Lady

    October 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    She has ALWAYS been a beautiful woman to me. We share the same skin tone and the same struggle. I’m happy that she is happy and comfortable with her natural beauty.

  2. Read and think!

    October 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Yes! we MUST like and love self. Our true G-d DIDN’T our skin. LIKE AND LOVE THE SKIN U HAVE. G-d is great and remember that all humans left Africa. All the prophets had African Blood and the woman did too. I love my skin. It’s original ask G-d. He will tell you the same. The first HUMAN BEING had your skin sister. Accept you and like, love you. Peace Queen. I like me ……. I love me and should too. It’s easy. Reject the lies and accept SELF. PRAISE G-d.

  3. Read and think!

    October 13, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Correction. Our true G-d didn’t curse our Skin. A gentile Lie.

  4. Yepyep

    February 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    She is beautiful and I know what she mean about being told your ugly our own race of people are so fukn superficial it no wonder we have self esteem issues and our black race is fkd up and need to get their shat together and embrace their own natural beauty. We didnt make us God did but we sure can learn to love who we were borne to be human beings with compassion and respect lets get it together folks

  5. Eromal

    February 20, 2014 at 3:56 am

    “Be Beautiful Inside & Out” Yeah, I’d like to see… Literally, I have day-dreamed about, licking Viola Davis since the first moment I gimpsed my eyes on her. The hair on her Head doesn’t matter at all, she’s too beautiful for me to care.

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