Not sure how we missed this one (and kudos to for post­ing the clip!) but back in Sep­tem­ber while she was a guest on Ander­son Live (and dur­ing the height of Gab­by Dou­glas hair fever) Vio­la Davis spoke on her deci­sion not to wear a wig to the Oscars. Among oth­er things, she said she felt she was apol­o­giz­ing for her skin col­or and hair tex­ture. Click below for the pow­er­ful video snip­pet and to share your thoughts. 

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58 Comments on "Actress Viola Davis: “I Felt Like I was Apologizing for Being a Dark Skinned Woman With Very Curly Hair”"

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Vio­la Davis is stun­ning; and I’m proud that she took a stand to “come out” as her nat­u­ral self. She came out unashamed and is tru­ly beau­ti­ful in her own hair and skin.

As black wom­en, we should not have to “hide” our­selves or apol­o­gize for being UNIQUELY us. We are “fear­ful­ly and won­der­ful­ly made” and we are the only racial group on earth with our hair tex­ture. You can­not get any­more “unique” than that! ;-)


I know that’s right! Our crown is the ‘PROOF’that we tru­ly are ‘fear­ful­ly and won­der­ful­ly made’ =)


Vio­la is such a beau­ti­ful lady, and an absolute­ly fan­tas­tic actress to boot. Pure class!


””(0_0)””’ Chills… I mean, the pow­er of what she said! What a beau­ti­ful way to express our pain of sup­pres­sion. That is why I am a fan!


vio­la does look great. but we still have much more work to do.
vio­la is NOW wear­ing her hair, no wigs or weaves,now that she is estab­lished and has been nom’d twice, and has meryl streep singing her prais­es. if she was just break­ing in she would be wigged and weaved up.


While I was glad to see Vio­la on Anderson’s show, I couldn’t help but feel humil­i­at­ed for her that she has to be account­able for her nat­u­ral hair. When we used to sing ‘We Shall Over­come’ back in the 60s, it real­ly meant all of us, includ­ing Hol­ly­wood. Guess that’s why I nev­er went into act­ing despite inter­est and encour­age­ment. On a side note, did you check out the body lan­guage of the wom­an sit­ting to Viola’s left? Looked like she was pulling away from Vio­la.

If Vio­la feels “humil­i­at­ed” for feel­ing she has to be “account­able” for her hair and skin, she has no one to blame but her own inse­cu­ri­ties. Whoopi Gold­berg has been rock­ing black,dark-skinned and nat­u­ral for decades and NOT ONCE has she apol­o­gized for it! And plen­ty of black ppl have vil­i­fied her for doing so. God, I’m sick of black wom­en cry­ing foul every time Hol­ly­wood rears its ugly head. Hol­ly­wood dis­crim­i­nates again­st EVERYONE: gay, the dis­abled, fat peo­ple. How many lead­ing Chi­ne­se wom­en can you name that have come close to match­ing the suc­cess of Whoopi? How many lati­nas? And… Read more »
I have 2 say that that speech is great but eas­ier said then done. Whop­pi is one in a hun­dred blk actress­es who’s tak­en on hol­ly­wood beau­ty stan­dards. She strug­gled for her choic­es but let’s speak truth.she lost plen­ty of movie oppor­tu­ni­ties bc she chooose not to change &was out­spo­ken abt the prej­u­dice and I applaud her. But we wouldn’t get to see the violas,regina kings,nia longs, tarajis,etc of the world if theyd all stood up ear­ly on & said no thanks to wigs n weaves. Some­time u got­ta get ur foot in the door b4 u can make change.she… Read more »

Sim­ply put and well said. Very classy lady :0)


She’s real­ly pret­ty and has love­ly hair,i’m glad that she embraced her nat­u­ral hair.

Its a twofold truth. Main­stream white amer­i­cans in business&entertainment have man­aged to DEFINE. Our beau­ty and they clear­ly draw the line at HAIR.U CAN’T HIDE OUR SKIN BUT U CAN TUCK AWAY THE ONE THING NATURE GAVE US THAT SETS US APART. On the oth­er hand there are plen­ty of blk wom­en that don’t like their nat­u­ral hair& they r fine relax­ing it or weav­ing or wear­ing wigs and that’s fine.but when we are told our hair some­how plays a major part in a char­ac­ter or a socalled pro­fes­sion­al appearance…that’s when I call BULLSH*t! We know many might like 2… Read more »

[…] daugh­ter Gen­e­sis rocked short fros while enjoy­ing the ani­mals at the Geor­gia Aquar­i­um. Davis has spo­ken in the past about how she went nat­u­ral to ful­ly embrace her aes­thet­ic as a black wom­an, and it’s great to […]


this was won­der­ful.


this was won­der­ful.


[…] Davis is look­ing absolute­ly stun­ning on the Octo­ber issue of Essence Mag­a­zine! Since wear­ing a short, curly fron on the 2012 Oscar’s red car­pet the 48-year-old actress has been vocal about her jour­ney to accept her nat­u­ral beau­ty. In the […]

Youngin girl
She’s a Classy, stun­ning and tempt­ing wom­an. I tran­si­tioned because I want­ed to not because I was try­ing to prove some­thing to soci­ety but because I embrace what I have. I didn’t have a hate or love thing for weaves, nat­u­ral or perm. I didn’t have a prob­lem with any tex­ture the way oth­er peo­ple do. I didn’t feel I need­ed to con­front some­one for being who they are. I thought it was hair to me. I think the rea­son why some wom­en nev­er over­came the prob­lem of sup­pres­sion is because they nev­er real­ly got around to lik­ing them­selves. If… Read more »
Aliyah Morrison

I’m so glad she is embrac­ing her hair i want to see her with long gor­geous hair in about 3 or 4 more years .


I would love to see more stars embrac­ing their nat­u­ral hair. Our young girls are look­ing up to them and it is more than “just hair”!