Viola Davis covers Essence’s October issue and opens up about her personal issues with self-esteem and natural hair. The Tony Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee 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.”
This revelation explains why Davis finds embracing her natural hair so important. She unveiled her natural hair on the red carpet of the 2012 Oscars, and quickly gained support from the African-American community.
“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,” Davis told Essence. “I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.”