Viola Davis: My Husband Encourages Me to Go Wigless

02/24/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

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Daughter Genesis is still getting used to seeing mom Viola Davis without her wigs, but the actress is covering up less and less these days, thanks to some encouragement from her husband.

Speaking to during a private dinner party in Los Angeles recently, Davis recounted a message from hubby Julius Tennon. “He 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,'” she said. “It’s a very powerful statement.”

Davis, who went au naturel recently for the Los Angeles Times magazine, said she’s not sure if she’ll revert back to wearing her fake hair anytime soon. “We’ll see,” she said. “I think I’ll change it up every once in a while. It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.” Tell us: Do you think Davis should go without her wig on Oscar night?


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Danielle on

She has beautiful eyes and face…..I love the idea ….. wigs are never the best way ……you will look more elegant with the features God gave you…..!I hope more people realize that…..natural is more beautiful than anything fake….!

anetha jaye on

i think au naturale is the way to go

ellie on

She is very beautiful and doesn’t need more hair. She’s beautiful with the wig too but to me less is more.

tcvajv on

She is stunning this way..hope she doesn’t go back to wigs.

jennrae on

She is gorgeous with a killer body and talent to spare. Her smile! She has such a sweet disposition but you can tell she is not someone you want to screw with (if you’ve seen her on any number of Law & Order’s you know what a badass she is). I’m thrilled for her that she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves. Broadway is great, but it’s not nearly as far-reaching as movies. Now we can all enjoy her.

PS, I can’t wait to see what she wears to the Oscars!

boke7 on

She’s beautiful, talented and a joy to watch. She could be bald or have hair down to her knees and it wouldn’t change any of that. I look forward to more of her fantastic work.

Sarah on

Harmless question, the majority of black women do not wear wigs. There are a few, and those who do, that do not have a medically issue, usually have a low self esteem when it comes to their natural hair. So they feel better about wearing hair from little Indian girls… any black female offended, I would also say the same about white women who dye their hair blonde every month and don’t feel happy with their mouse brown hair color, and the same for asian people who get nose surgery and eyelid surgery.

((not including women who self diagnosis and claim androgenic alopecia when really it is negligence, weaves, and chemicals, other forms of traction alopecia))

Patty on

Dr. Martin Luther King advocated focusing on character and integrity. Not external facial and hair features. While I applaud Viola’s husband for supporting his wife, let’s be clear that we are not our skin, hair or eye color. We are the sum total of our values, mores and decisions.

J on

I think she looks totally different wig less but she is beautiful either way! If every woman felt comfortable in her own skin and her own hair the world would be much happier from the women’s side. I am glad she is talking about it publicly I know a lot of people who hide behind their hair and make up

KB on

She looks absolutely stunning!

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