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.
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.’”