Viola Davis Talks Beauty And Growing Up With White Kids Calling Her Ugly In Essence

September 5, 2013  |  


The beautiful Viola Davis is on the cover of Essence Magazine’s October issue!

Essence‘s editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush  interviewed Davis, who will be appearing in a new film called Prisoners on September 20. During their intimate conversation, they spoke on all things hair, beauty and motherhood- a role which Davis has recently taken on and is mastering. At 48 years old, Viola Davis describes simultaneously how precarious and joyful parenthood  can be, saying parenting is:

“five hundred million joys and a hundred million heartbreaks every single day.”

During the interview Davis  reflects on her  relationship with her mother, who she says did not help nurture her 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.”

By  identifying   the flaws of  her childhood relationship with her mother, Viola Davis holds herself accountable to a particular standard while raising her two-year old adopted daughter, Genesis. The most important lesson she wants to instill in Genesis’s life is to embrace her 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.”

In Essence’s  full interview, Viola Davis discusses how fans suggests what types of roles and movies she should audition for, what keeps her  humble while her success continues to grow and how she met her soulmate.

The October edition of Essence is out on newsstands now. Get your copy!


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