Viola Davis for Vanity Fair Magazine

Posted on July 14, 2020

Viola Davis covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine photographed by Dario Calmese and styled by Elizabeth Stewart.



On protesting and her voice: “I feel like my entire life has been a protest. My production company is my protest. Me not wearing a wig at the Oscars in 2012 was my protest. It is a part of my voice, just like introducing myself to you and saying, ‘Hello, my name is Viola Davis.’”

On how differently the industry treats men and women: “We know as women, when you speak up, you’re labeled a bitch—immediately. Unruly—immediately. Just as a woman. As a woman of color, there is very, very, very little you have to do. All you have to do is maybe roll your eyes, and that’s it.” In moments like that, she feels that post-traumatic slave syndrome once again: “Negro, you do as I say, when I tell you to do it.” Later, she’ll tell me, “If there is a place that is a metaphor for just fitting in and squelching your own authentic voice, Hollywood would be the place.”



Style Credits:
Cover: Coat Dress by Max Mara | Earrings by Pomellato
Image: Jacket by Lavie by CK | Earrings by Mounser

Hair by Jamika Wilson
Makeup by Autum Moultrie
Nails by Christina Aviles Aude

Styled by Elizabeth Stewart


[Photo Credit: Dario Calmese/Vanity Fair Magazine]

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