I almost didn't recognize Oscar contender Viola Davis ('The Help') without her head full of weave. The critically acclaimed actress posed natural for a beautiful cover of the LA Times Magazine. Her dress was designed by one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers, Jason Wu.

I am hoping this signals the beginning of a trend for black woman to return to our beautiful roots again. It's disenchanting to see so many beautiful black women walking around looking like Korean Barbie rejects, wearing the same, lame straight black hairstyle.

From Madamenoire.com:

VOGUE: On using real-life experience to draw on for her role in the The Help:
VIOLA DAVIS: “I have stories of being spit on. You have to realize I was in a predominantly white culture … And third grade was the worst because every day after school I would wait at the door and the bell would ring. And as soon as the bell rang I ran as fast as I could from the front door to my house, which was at least a mile away, because I would have eight to nine boys with sticks, bricks, anything they could find, who were ready to kill me.”

On what her mother told her about bullying:
“She said, ‘Viola, I want you to take my crochet and needle and you put it in your pocket and if they stop you again you tell them you’re gonna [stab] ‘em.’”

On how her life defined her career:
“Having it hard made me build so much character … You have to actually say, ‘Is the world going to define me or am I going to define myself.’”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcDvEbep4Sc lashellebelle

    You is kiiiiiiind.
    You is smaaaaaaart.
    You is impor-TANT!

  • NaijaGal

    Viola looked fierce with her natural hair...simply gorgeous

  • Hershey

    Damn they couldn't have put a lil gloss on her lips, they look painfully dry. But kudos to her she's an outstanding actress. That last picture with her sitting, the dress is GAWJUSS! :love: it

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    She looks GREAT and really sexy on that cover

    Happy Monday SR :yahoo:

    Mommas moving on up!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3bQrYBIp_0 LaTechGrad02

    Stunning!

    Now us regular folks can rock Jason Wu, Target is carrying his line! :cheer:

  • NaijaGal

    Choco :yahoo: your ear better hun?

  • The Makeup Maven

    I think she looks FAN-TAB-U-LOUS! :yes:

  • Ty

    Auntie I've been asking for a Viola post for over a week :applause: Next time give us a Viola post instead of Halle and her nanny. Viola is actually making moves and shyt. Dont forget about Octavia :yes:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Naija
    Yessss :2dance: thanks BABES

  • EssenceofU

    Viola looks beautiful in her natural hair! Prayin' she wins that Oscar! @Sandra, I don't think she wears weave, but wigs and some ugly ones at that! Like she's secretly sayin,"Im going to wear this bish cause y'all asked me too, but I dont' give a damn what this shyt looks like!" LOL!

  • EB

    Beautiful

  • Lala11_7

    I think it's wonderful that Viola can wear her hair...or weave...or WHATEVER!!!

    To me...that's a woman's perogative!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcDvEbep4Sc lashellebelle

    @ Ty

    Get that crack outta here! :rofl:
    But Sandra put up an Octavia post last week (or so). UNFORTUNATELY, the headline was about her weight instead of her talent.

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    I'm loving these pics. Gone head Viola. :claps:

  • Eazy

    Wow, wouldnt have recognized her either! She looks stunning with her natural hair. Go Viola!

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    I hope she keeps this look for the Oscars too. :yes:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    She looked SOOOO hot at the SAG Awards!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcDvEbep4Sc lashellebelle

    Hey Fe Fe & Yso

    :hug: :heart:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    @lashelle

    :love:

  • Ms. Everything

    That pic is gorgeous :thumbsup: It highlights how beautiful she really is, that wig does her no justice... but on the natural topic, I'd love to see women embrace who they are naturally but it's also a matter of being comfortable and doing what works for you. I just wish we could go back to the days when women at least attempted to make their weaves, wigs, hair colors look like it was their own hair instead of these cookie cutter, badly positioned lace fronts, crayola colored hair colors, and hair to the bottom of their asses

  • http://www.philly.com/ Jay Bee

    Natural is sooo sexy... Go Natural my sisters

  • lovezoe

    She is a very beautiful woman. I hope she wins an Oscar.

  • caligirl

    LaTechGrad02 says:

    Stunning!

    Now us regular folks can rock Jason Wu, Target is carrying his line!
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    Ditto!!! :heart: the look. Love her as actress as well. As far as weaves, does it really matter as long as it makes the person feel good.

    #naturalandIloveit.

  • http://dawnsheen.blogspot.com/ Dawn Sheen

    First let me start by saying koudos to ALL the positive words... goes to show we aren't always mean and can give credit were credit is due. Ms. Davis is clothed and beautiful so see Sandra we aren't always mean in here. I agree with you, I long for the day women are proud of there black. I miss the 70-80's...

    Nevertheless I have about 10 months worth of new growth I am about to let out this week...

  • indsopblkwom

    @Tatted: I asked you before but forgot what post I asked you on. Would you give me some tips on makeup please. Let me know how to contact you.
    Thanks.

  • Ty

    lashellebelle says:

    @ Ty

    Get that crack outta here!
    But Sandra put up an Octavia post last week (or so). UNFORTUNATELY, the headline was about her weight instead of her talent.
    ________________________
    :rofl: Auntie put up a post about Octavia and didnt mention her award :cuss:

  • Ty

    EssenceofU says:

    Viola looks beautiful in her natural hair! Prayin’ she wins that Oscar! @Sandra, I don’t think she wears weave, but wigs and some ugly ones at that! Like she’s secretly sayin,”Im going to wear this bish cause y’all asked me too, but I dont’ give a damn what this shyt looks like!” LOL!
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    :rofl: She does have that look sometimes. Like she is thinking "I cant wait to get this shyt off me"

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    LASHELLE!! :pacifier: <---For brown.

    @MS. E

    That's my only problem with wigs/weaves. Used to be you actually wanted strangers to think all that was growing out you own scalp. Now, it's like folks don't care if it looks like they are still 5/6 playing with mop heads and sht. :nono:

  • The Makeup Maven

    indsopblkwom says:

    @Tatted: I asked you before but forgot what post I asked you on. Would you give me some tips on makeup please. Let me know how to contact you.
    Thanks.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    mzvidales1@ :yahoo: (dot)com

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcDvEbep4Sc lashellebelle

    @ Yso

    THANKS!!! :biggrin: I MISS HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • prynsexxx

    I LOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE those natural pics of her. She looks more like a model than actress. :thumbsup:

    Afternoon EVERYBODY. :hi:

    @Tatted :2dance: <------- the bow is really the Superbowl championship ring.

  • GAGIRL87

    I like Viola I have nothing else :yawn:

  • Ms. Everything

    :cosign: @Yso. Back in my weave wearing days (over a decade ago) I made sure my ish was done and looked natural now though :no: It's almost like these girls/women want to see who can look the most ridiculous in public

  • MissHarlem

    She looks soooo much better with her hair :love: it

  • lady_cn

    Maybe it's the makeup and whatnot but she looks much younger in the natural hair pics. She looks beautiful. :yes: :thumbsup:

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    She looks beautiful!

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Pryn :2dance: <--- the bow really a whole palette of MAC eyeshadow!

  • Strawberrys and cream

    lady gaga wears ass on her head I dont see nobody complaining about her :coffee:

  • prynsexxx

    @strawberry

    NOBODY cares about Gaga.

  • Hershey

    @ Pryn them :gay: kids care about her weird azz, she just looks so filthy

  • Strawberrys and cream

    @Prynxxx Why :coffee:

  • http://youtu.be/hsYI8CPUQsc YSoSrs

    I liked Gaga during her first album. Now though, while I still feel she has a lot of natural talent, she spends too much time and energy being extra. :no:

  • kahmmillion

    Had to drop by to say:

    My God this woman is beautiful without that weave. Beautiful black woman!!! They have the nerve to say darkskinned women are ugly, well this proves all of them wrong.

  • Ms.Fashion

    I love this woman!!!

    Intelligent, Speaks well, and Humble.

    Her skin is beautiful and so is she!!!

  • Ms.Fashion

    kahmmillion says:

    Had to drop by to say:

    My God this woman is beautiful without that weave. Beautiful black woman!!! They have the nerve to say darkskinned women are ugly, well this proves all of them wrong.

    ____________________
    In my modest voice.....

    I prove them bastards wrong everyday all day!!!! They know it and can't help but to say it!!!

  • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    :applause: she looks stunning!!! from what i gather she's not the only natural celeb hiding under wigs/weaves. sometimes u gotta be IN the game to change the rules, yall feel me? ;)

    #dont judge a book
    #teamnatural :cheer:

  • pyt4lyfe

    I like the pics... Reminds me of India Arie. Speaking of India, where is she hiding?

  • PurpleYodaGirl

    I actually like her better with the natural look...it makes her look younger but she is a beautiful woman.

  • VDot

    She looks beautiful! I wish she would take her wigs off too. They don't do her justice.

    I just wish we could go back to the days when women at least attempted to make their weaves, wigs, hair colors look like it was their own hair instead of these cookie cutter, badly positioned lace fronts, crayola colored hair colors, and hair to the bottom of their asses .

    :thumbsup:

    I don't like this influx of weaves/wigs except during role playing . 95% of the time they don't look good and people tend to look a hell of a lot better without them.

  • http://myspace.com/foxybrown411 LADYWOODS

    She looks gorgeous natural!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get it girl!

  • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

    She looks fab! Go Viola!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2zEWXxKsrU datsmdubya2u

    Wow she looks younger and has more swagga with her natural hair. With that wig she just looks like the lady at works at the water department downtown.

  • Ms.Fashion

    datsmdubya2u says:

    Wow she looks younger and has more swagga with her natural hair. With that wig she just looks like the lady at works at the water department downtown.

    ________________

    You Gon Stop it!!! :hahaha:

    Actually, She favors Lauren Hill in these pics...

  • Ididntreallymeanit

    She looks pretty

  • West Coast Chick

    She's trying to expand her brand..I Aint mad at her either :claps:

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    Those pics are over the top gorgeous. The photographer, stylists and makeup crew deserve high honors for this. She is downright beautiful with her natural hair.

  • 3halos

    She looks 1 million percent better. Classy on the left. Cleaned-up-Hookerish on the right.

  • kamadiva

    I love this look on her! I always thought she had a bad weave job...no matter what movie, red carpet, etc., she was on! She is simply gorgeous here! But I know this look will never go over good in "Hollywood"!