Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Viola: Hair isn't everything

Viola Davis

Viola Davis thinks American women give their hair "too much value" and neglect the impact it may have on their children in the future.

The Help actress shows off her glamorous pompadour style on the cover of October's Essence magazine. Although she likes to take care of her appearance, Viola thinks ladies neglect other aspects of their lives to focus on their stylish locks.

She also worries people are easy to criticise mothers according to what their child's hair looks like.

"There's not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value," she admitted. "We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we'll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child's hair looks."

The 48-year-old actress doesn't want her own daughter Genesis, who she raises with her husband Julius Tennon, to be wary about her looks as she gets older. She hopes to set a good example for her two-year-old by sharing her own confidence.

"I am not going to traumatise my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair," she insisted. "My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young white kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty."

However, it seems Viola doesn't have to worry about that. The raven-haired star feels at her best when at home spending time with her daughter and listening to her comments.

"You're the best mommy! You're amazing! You're exquisite!" Viola smiled as she recalled some of Genesis' compliments.

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