Natural at the Oscars…Viola Davis Ditches the Wig

Natural at the Oscars..Viola Davis Diteches the WigNo girl can appreciate a nice wig as much as I can.  Wigs allow us versatility in our hairstyles and hair colors.  However, I must admit, it does feel nice to wear your own natural hair from time to time.  I guess Viola Davis is now beginning to discover that same feeling of freedom in wearing your own hair.  The actress recently sported her own natural hair to The Oscars after deciding to fore go wearing  a wig.  Ms. Davis is known not only for her acting skills, but for her many different hairstyles as well….courtesy of a wig.  Why is this a big deal?  Actresses wear weaves and wigs all of the time, right?  Well, it is a huge deal because she had never worn her own hair in public before the Oscars.  It is so refreshing to see a black actress deny the industry standards of how she should look and choose not to wear a long flowing weave, lace front, or another wig style.  Instead, she chose to wear her God given hair and show pride in her natural beauty.  We all know that the Oscars is one of the biggest nights of the year for celebrities and there is always a lot of talk about what they will wear to the Oscars, who will be best and worst dressed, etc.  Fashion critics wait for the Oscars each year to critique the fashion choices of all of the celebrities.
According to Viola Davis, she was originally planning to wear a wig, just as she always has, but it was her husband who encouraged her to attend the Oscars wearing her natural hair.  Julius Tennon, Viola’s husband, said, “If you want to wear it for your career,that’s fine, but in your life, wear your hair.  Step into who you are.”  (This is what she said in an interview with People.)  Wow.  Those were very powerful words from her husband and it fueled her decision to sport her short natural.  It proved to be a wise decision because even though Meryl Streep beat her out for the Best Actress award, Viola Davis has been the talk of the web, print, and other media for choosing to wear her natural hair to the Oscars.  For African American women, it is a bold statement, confirming that we will not be bound by conventional standards on what beauty is or who we should wear or not wear our hair.  I’m sure because she is an actress with a demanding schedule, we will see her in a wig again, but for now, her statement at the Oscars proves that you don’t have to constantly cover up your own hair as if it is not desirable or stylish.  As Black women, we reserve the right to look how we choose without any pressure of conforming to others’ view of how we should look.

Natural at the Oscars....Viola Davis Ditches the Wig

Author: Nicolle

Nicolle is a hair enthusiast that has always enjoyed reading hair care books and Black hair style magazines and likes to stay informed on the latest fashion trends. She has been natural for several years and loves the versatility of natural hair.

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