Viola Davis showed that she meant serious business when she stole a win at the Critics’ Choice Awards from Meryl Streep, and a few weeks later infamously did the same at the SAG Awards, delivering a stirring acceptance speech in the process, that included the powerful mantra ‘Dream big and dream fierce’. Now the multiple Tony Award-winning actress has ensured her place as the clear favourite to win ‘Best Actress’ at this year’s Oscars for her heart-wrenching performance in ‘The Help‘, which would make her only the second African-American actress to do so in the 83-year history of the awards.
The 46-year-old celebrates black beauty, with her natural short nappy hair and sensual dark complexion, on the cover of the February issue of the LA Times magazine. Photographed by Ruven Afanador, Viola dons a Marchesa longsleeve high-neck re-embroidered lace dress with organza flower shoulder detail.
Viola discusses with the magazine how it is like to be an actress of colour in Hollywood.
“That really is our plight, especially as women of color. You can have all the training in the world, come from a respectable background and yet never get that big opportunity that breaks you out — Never… You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie [Doubt] with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there”, Viola points out to the LA Times.
Head below for a look at Viola striking some supermodel-worthy poses in her gorgeous editorial.