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Viola Davis: I was made to wear designer frock

Viola Davis wasn't allowed to wear the dress she liked during award ceremony season because it wasn't designer.

The 46-year-old star was told she had to grace the red carpet in a gown by a major brand, despite choosing a dress that appealed to her most.

Viola - who won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in the film didn't specify which film ceremony, but revealed she was advised against a dress she chose.

"Recently I chose a dress and I thought, 'I like this dress, it's cute and it doesn't make me feel big'," she told British magazine Hello!

"And someone said, 'Yeah, but to this event you have to wear something by a major designer.'"

Viola added she felt she had lost some of her anonymity since competing against Meryl Streep and other major actresses at the BAFTAs and Oscars where she was nominated for her role as Aibileen Clark in acclaimed drama The Help.

"This self-promotion thing has thrown me for a loop," she smiled.

Viola plays an African American maid in the film, set during the Civil Rights era in the early 1960s.

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