Tony Award-winner and Golden
Globe-nominee Viola Davis shines on the cover of Essence’s October issue. In the mag she opens up about her struggles
with self-esteem and natural hair.
Davis says she struggled with
accepting her own beauty as a result of her mother’s struggles with self-esteem.
“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.”
Viola on society’s view of hair:
“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. I
am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.”
For the full interview with Viola, be sure to pick up October’s Essence to get the full scoop!
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