Viola Davis is radiant on the October Cover of Essence Magazine. Viola Davis is one of my favorite natural hair beauties. She won me over when she said “I felt like I was apologizing” [by wearing a wig.] She has become an unofficial spokesperson for true natural beauty. Davis first revealed her natural hair on the Red Carpet for the Oscars. And of course she received some backlash; Wendy Williams being the most vocal. Williams didn’t feel natural hair was formal.
Davis addresses hair, beauty, and self-esteem in her interview with Essence Magazine. “There’s not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we’ll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks,” Davis told Essence. “I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.”
But Davis knows all too well that self-esteem does not come easy.
“My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty,” Davis said. Full interview is available in Essence Magazine October Issue.