When I saw the new cover of Essence magazine it gave me a tingly feeling inside. It felt good to see Viola Davis’ sweet smile on the October 2013 issue. I recently started to slack off a bit on my skin care routine, but after seeing Viola’s smooth rich complexion and perfectly applied Fall make-up, it influenced me to want to continue with my beauty regiment, the right way, so I can look gorgeous like her. Even though I know magazine covers are touched up, it was just her presence that had a strong impact.
So after reading the headline regarding her feature, I was curious about what she had to say on “…Owning Her Natural Beauty…” I did notice she let her afro grow, and had the sides shaped up, plus the color changed from the fire-like red (the color she sported on the red carpet at the Oscars) to a dark healthy black which suited her skin tone perfectly.
With a jar of hair elixir on hand to touch up her natural curls (for a date with her husband) during the interview with Essence, Viola spoke about the spark of conversation and effect she had on women of color when she took off her wig.
“I understand how we view our hair. Our hair is a symbol of something much larger, much deeper. When I took my wig off, it had been a long journey. It didn’t just culminate in the night of the Oscars.”
How she came to accepting her natural curls.
“Sometimes you have one foot in your old life, where someone always told you you’re not good enough, you’re too Black, you’re too dark, you’re not classically beautiful. And the other foot is in your new life where you understand that’s a lie.”
“…I had to defend myself as an artist, and through that, I found myself defending myself as a Black woman, a dark skinned-Black woman, in front of people who did not know my life…”
“…And through that fighting, what emerged was that I needed to take my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am. So I did and felt very comfortable in doing that.”
Roles she is being offered since she removed her wig.
“…With a wig or without a wig, I’m still going to look the way I look. I think I was trying too hard to make people see me. And it didn’t work that way. So I said, Let me take my wig off and be who I am. Once I did, what was left was this image of me and my natural hair… The one thing I feel is lacking in Hollywood today is an understanding of the beauty, the power, the sexuality, the uniqueness, the humor of being a regular Black woman.”
The Oscar-nominated actress for The Help also mentioned the lessons she will teach her 2-year-old daughter Genesis about being a Black woman.
“Well, you know, I am not going to traumatize her about her hair. That is number one…”
Well said Mrs. Viola!