ESSENCE October Cover-Viola Davis

Timeless. That’s the only word I can think of to describe Viola Davis’ breathtaking cover of Essence Magazine. Fittingly, the actress discusses celebrating her own natural beauty inside the issue as well as her life as a working mother and her journey to find happiness.

Her quote about taking her wig off is especially poignant. She says: “I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned Black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”

The issue also includes the stories of the women activists during the March on Washington, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett’s take on putting an end to domestic abuse and features on Taraji P. Henson, Lala Anthony, Condola Rashad and more.

What do you think of Viola Davis on the cover of Essence Magazine, Clutchettes?

  • paintgurl40

    She looks FABULOUS!!!!! I’ll pick up an issue when it comes out.

  • DC

    Stunning with a capital S! Imagine if the celebrity world were filled with more Violas, Kerrys, Michelles, Oprahs, & Janelle Monaes.

  • _passionandlove

    She looks gorgeous! Kudos for her. I hope more of Hollywood celebrities take note from this. *cough* Sheryl Underwood *cough*

  • Steppa

    That’s a lovely cover.

  • Dalili

    She’s beautiful!

  • Velociraptor

    Her skin is flawless.

  • nononsense57

    I absolutely love her.

  • Deb

    Y’all I stopped in my tracks when I saw this in the grocery store. SHE. LOOKS. STUNNING. I might buy it just for the cover. I love everything about her and that she’s so vocal about her hair journey.

  • StrangerDanger

    Viola looks absolutely stunning! Now if only the content inside the magazine was as fabulous as its cover, Essence could be on its way to a comeback. .

  • CAsweetface

    Her skin is divinely radiant! Stuffing cover!

  • gsutiger

    Stunning – loves her!

  • Knotty Natural

    Like soft velvet!

  • lynn

    How wonderful to such see a beautiful, dark-skinned natural-haired woman on the cover of Essence. I may actually buy this issue (something I haven’t done in about ten years).

  • Amor

    Yes she is so radiant!

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  • Amor

    It was about time that she got on the cover…she now needs to be on more covers!!!!

  • Amor

    So true!

  • Amor

    She is so beautiful. It is sooo refreshing in this day and age to see women of darker complexion also covering the front pages of magazine covers.

  • binks

    Viola is gorgeous and that cover is a classic for sure. Her skin is everything and I honestly can’t remember what Viola look like when she did wore wigs…lol

  • Girl CJ

    Beautiful cover. She looks wonderful.

  • GlowBelle

    WOW! Viola looks sensational! I think this is the best photoshoot/magazine cover I’ve seen of her. She is a stunning person inside and out, I just love her!

  • BeanBean

    I’m going to be broke this month! All these beautiful black women on magazines, you know I have to buy them. She looks amazing, her skin and hair are flawless. Those wigs she used to wear aged her so much. She looks so young and fresh with her natural hair out.

  • Nadell

    This cover is like vintage Essence! Back in the day when they featured natural beauties!
    Love it! Viola is beautiful!!!

  • SayWhat

    She is glowing.

  • SMH

    She looks amazing!

  • jamesfrmphilly

    she be pretty…….

  • Rakel

    She is stunning.

  • Ms. Information

    I havent bought Essence in awhile…I will be purchasing this copy asap.

  • MommieDearest

    Thank GOODNESS Essence has stopped recycling the same 7 or 8 celebs for their covers.

    Viola is a vision of loveliness. I honestly can’t remember the last time I purchased Essence, but I will have to buy this issue on GP alone.

  • Cali

    looove Viola, & she looks a million times better wearing her own hair :)

  • justanotheropinion

    AIrbrushing and makeup aside (don’t hate, all publishers do it), Viola is a BEAUTIFUL woman. This article proves that she’s got it inside AND out. I don’t like the mag, but will purchase this issue only to show support for Viola and the fact that it’s not the usual recycled tired celeb on the cover.

  • Travis

    Damn she fine!!! So chocolate um hungry. Thanks Mrs. Davis for being honest. So many black women engage in self-hating behavior only to pretend that it’s not what it so obviously looks like.

  • Lola

    A bit off topic but in Devious maids, Marisol’s lawyer is a black woman and she rocks a short afro. She is gorgeous btw. I am pleased to see a natural being cast to portray an educated, professional, elegant woman. I think it’s a small step in the right direction for “nappyphobic” Hollywood.

  • Margery

    I’m thinking the same thing. I guess I’ll have to come out the pocket on this one as I only view essence when I occasionally flip through the magazine at the bookstore. Viola looks gorgeous.

  • trueletterson

    One gorgeous looking women, eye candy and easy on the eye, more power to you sister!

  • L

    She is beautiful and I love this cover. Those wigs/weaves she used to wear really aged and hid her beauty. This natural style suits her much better. Go Viola!

  • Knotty Natural

    That’s because in her wigs, she was forgettable! Now, she turns heads because we can finally see her!

  • geenababe

    I love the cover it really captures the headline.

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  • ruggie

    Beautiful cover and statement from Viola!

  • Starla

    This cover has done her justice! Such a gorgeous woman, and fantastic actress.

  • sparkle86

    From the movie roles she’s played over the years, you would never know she was beautiful. Too bad.

  • Erin

    She is breathtakingly beautiful!

  • leeannd

    Beauty, beauty, beauty. I love this woman. Was so sick of that Gabby Sidibe who is kind of cocky. Viola is the one. She is my fave actress.

  • Anthony

    Confidence is beautiful. I want to see more Black Women who feel confident enough not to wrap their heads in other women’s hair.

  • Bells&Whistles

    Absolutely gorgeous! Next step- wearing her natural hair in her movie roles.

  • CAsweetface

    ugh… *stunning not stuffing! Days later correction!…lol iphones and the autocorrect feature are so fun…:)

  • Lyssa

    wow V!

  • Sean

    I that wig very much! Amazing design.

  • leona bell

    mrs. viola davis thank you for confirming this beautiful black skin in the south, you know the stigmaed quote about dark skin girls in the south. people like you are my underdogs if I can say that. we beat alllll of the odds stacked up against up even if it means taring down the scared cows in our own community. I love you and am so proud of you. I’ve followed you every step of the way up to this point the cover of essence magazine never looked so good and tell your husband jullius and the baby I said hello.

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