Viola Davis is a trailblazer in Hollywood — and not just for her ground-breaking roles. Authentically embracing herself at all times, the actress has been instrumental in redefining beauty standards in a male-dominated, predominantly Caucasian industry. And now she’s hoping to instill that same sense of self in her 6-year-old daughter, Genesis.

Davis is all about encouraging women to love themselves and accept their natural beauty with her inspirational words. The 52-year-old mother says she understands that young girls look to Disney princesses or comic book superheroes as role-models, but she wants to make sure her daughter doesn’t lose sight of her own identity while emulating these often white characters.

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Davis told Yahoo Lifestyle that when she was younger she found herself wanting Oprah’s hair and Diana Ross’ body so she is teaching Genesis not to “grow up wanting someone’s everything.” But when Genesis’ favorite Disney princesses or superheroes don’t look like her, Davis finds it challenging to ensure her daughter continues to love herself just the way she is.

The Oscar-winning actress does so by encouraging Genesis to always wear her hair natural when dressing …read more


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