She’s No Longer Apologizing for Who She Is

“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned Black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am…”—Viola Davis, ESSENCE

Where will Viola Davis be next? By year’s end, she will have appeared in five films. Here, the Oscar-nominated star talks to ESSENCE about beauty, creative freedom and the evolution—both inside and out—that finally helped her get to happy.

The October issue of ESSENCE hits stands on 9/6. For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com.

ESSENCE October Cover-Viola Davis

What do you think of Violas quote!?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Terilyn Hoke

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Annise

    i have much respect for Viola Davis. She is one of the few intelligent, confident and conscious women of color in the Entertainment Business.

  • boazwife

    I admire her quote and her hair is gorgeous, simply gorgeous!!!

  • TaSchema Hopkins

    Awesome!!! Love her work.

  • charris829

    Whats funny to me is…i’m so in love with who I am and my natural aesthetic…that women who AREN’T doing what Viola is doing…looks some kind of weird to me!

  • http://www.chicfromhair2toe.com/ NERLINE GERMAIN

    I love her skin!

  • Tracey

    I’m going to make sure I buy this issue. Viola is my shero!

  • queenbee9

    I am a bit perplexed by the idea that any woman has to “defend” herself. I have been a Hershey colored sista all of my life and have never felt the need to validate, apologize for or defend myself. I always knew who I was and as long as I maintain my own sense of self and the standards for myself–I will bow to no man or woman.