ESSENCE October Cover-Viola Davis

Timeless. That’s the only word I can think of to describe Viola Davis’ breathtaking cover of Essence Magazine. Fittingly, the actress discusses celebrating her own natural beauty inside the issue as well as her life as a working mother and her journey to find happiness.

Her quote about taking her wig off is especially poignant. She says: “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.”

The issue also includes the stories of the women activists during the March on Washington, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett’s take on putting an end to domestic abuse and features on Taraji P. Henson, Lala Anthony, Condola Rashad and more.

What do you think of Viola Davis on the cover of Essence Magazine, Clutchettes?

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  • leona bell

    mrs. viola davis thank you for confirming this beautiful black skin in the south, you know the stigmaed quote about dark skin girls in the south. people like you are my underdogs if I can say that. we beat alllll of the odds stacked up against up even if it means taring down the scared cows in our own community. I love you and am so proud of you. I’ve followed you every step of the way up to this point the cover of essence magazine never looked so good and tell your husband jullius and the baby I said hello.