For the August 2011 issue, ESSENCE Magazine stepped out of the box by tapping Hollywood actress, Viola Davis for the cover. The Help star, who boasts flawless dark skin and a mega-watt style, is an undeniable beauty on the cover in a halter black and white polka dot dress and strappy stilettos.

The issue features advice for living fearlessly, tips on buying a car within your budget, a guide to finding jeans for your curves and an update on the “new ‘fro” which we can guess is ode to beautiful, billowy natural hair ‘fros.

What do you think of Viola Davis’ cover? Will you pick up the new issue of Essence?

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