Viola Davis Has One Rule For Her Daughter's Hair When It Comes To Playing Dress Up

Katie O'Malley
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty


As the only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, and the only black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting (Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award), it's safe to say Viola Davis knows a thing or two about making a mark on the world.

With unforgettable roles in blockbusters such as The Help and Fences, the 52-year-old has shown her determination and resilience in communicating gritty, untold and real-life stories to audiences across the world.

And, who can forget the tear-jerking speech she delivered during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards when she said: 'The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity'?

So, it comes as no surprise the South Carolina-born star hopes to pass on a few nuggets of wisdom to her six-year-old daughter Genesis Tennon when it comes to dressing up as her favourite film characters.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Style, the actress said the only thing she wants to see from her daughter is her natural hair.

Vegas baby!!! ❤❤

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:37am PDT

'I really push it. I push it,' Davis admitted.

'I say, "You gotta wear your hair exactly the way it is. You can be Wonder Woman, but you gotta be Wonder Woman with your hair. You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair".'

Genesis at 2 almost 3. She wanted to keep her fro. #WonderWoman! We're ready!!! #TBT

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Jun 1, 2017 at 12:05pm PDT

She added: 'You can do all of that stuff if you start with the palette of loving who you are.'

Has there ever been a more beautiful message?

You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair

The How to Get Away With Murder star also revealed that she tries to reinforce the message with the children's books she chooses for her daughter, including there likes of I Love My Cotton Candy Hair and I Like Myself!.

Recalling her childhood, Davis said that she wishes someone had told her that 'I am enough'.

When you realize you only have TWO days left to catch up on #HTGAWM... #TGIT

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Sep 26, 2017 at 11:51am PDT

'If someone had told me that just time and time again…oh, my God! I would've had a completely different childhood,' she revealed.

'And my childhood was good, even with all the pain and poverty. But it would've been even better.'

Well, it certainly sounds like Davis' daughter is receiving a wonderful education about life and beauty from her inspirational mother.

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