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 October Cover-Viola Davis

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