Recently in an interview Viola Davis said in no uncertain terms that she will not hire a stylist again who does not understand or ‘honor’ black hair.
Remember the post we had a month or two ago when black actresses called out Hollywood for not having stylists that can care for black hair? Read that here! This is just an extension of that!
This is what Viola said via the New York Daily News:
“That has not been my narrative lately in terms of hair because I refuse it. I reject it,” the “How to Get Away with Murder” star said in a recent video interview.
The Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winner said she specifically only hires people who are well-versed in African-American hair and hairstyles.
“I don’t think that people understand our hair…they don’t understand that we’re different, and yet, the same,” Davis said. “What I find is hair is something that a lot of people don’t honor when you do film.”
In 2016, the usually red-carpet ready actress bravely bared her soul on primetime television when she removed her wig, make-up and jewelry for an intense scene of the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC drama. Phoebe Robinson called it “The Single Greatest moment in Black-Women Television History” in an article for “The Cut.”
Davis, who has worn natural hair styles at glitzy events and in magazine photo shoots, explained that even if Hollywood doesn’t respect black hair, she and her production company, JuVee Production, do — and will continue to do so with the hairstylists they hire.
Congratulations Viola for setting the bar with your own production company and for controlling your own narrative.