We sat down with the "How to Get Away with Murder" star to get the scoop.
Amid nationwide protests over racial inequality, a 2018 interview with Davis talking about being called a "Black Meryl Streep" has resurfaced. So has an old interview with Sandra Oh talking about racism in the entertainment industry.
"Viola Davis wearing an elegant gown with sneakers on is what I live for."
Viola Davis has overcome plenty of obstacles to achieve success as an African-American actress in Hollywood. And now she is challenging all of the industry’s outdated conventions around race and age.
At the Oscars on Sunday night, we got an eyeful of the trendy shades of spring — pastels and nudes — adorned with ruffles, lace, and fringe, as there were stars whose sequins and jewels shone as brightly as the show’s bedazzled stage. But the women we often couldn’t take our eyes off were the ones in bright reds, deep blues, stark whites, and one bright Barbie pink — all bold shades worn by actresses over 40. The reason behind this wise choice is a hot tip we might all want to remember.“We were aiming for bold, proud, strong, happy!” stylist Elizabeth Stewart tells Yahoo Style about Viola Davis’s sequined pink gown from Michael Kors Collection. “And not conforming to Oscar red carpet expectations and norms.”Pink was an unexpected choice, but choosing to emphasize color is not, according to style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, founder of Glam4Good. The red of Meryl Streep’s plunging custom-made Christian Dior and Allison Janney’s Reem Acra, and the blue of Jennifer Garner’s Atelier Versace and Nicole Kidman’s Armani Privé, were calculated moves by red carpet veterans, she says.“These women all look fresh because they kept it clean and simple and all used color and shape for drama,” Stephenson says. “If you have too much going on — the over-the-top hairdos, tons of jewelry and tons of adornment on your dress — it actually ages you.”After years of awards shows and premieres, there’s probably no cut, style, or designer these actresses haven’t tried. They no longer need to experiment, and they know exactly what fits on their body.“They know that fit is everything at the Oscars,” Stephenson says. “You can have the most stunning dress, but if it doesn’t fit you right, you’ll be attacked. It won’t work.”This doesn’t mean actresses over a certain age need to wear the same style over and over. Rather, they can choose to make statements that emphasize their best assets, as Jane Fonda did in her figure-hugging white Balmain gown with its strong shoulders and edgy neckline.Younger stars have extra pressure to prove themselves in the fashion world, Stephenson explains, which is why they go in for the dresses straight from the runway. “Some of the younger women are vying for attention from fashion houses to get ad campaigns, or they are in ad campaigns,” she says.Those of us (of any age) watching from home who won’t be hitting the red carpet anytime soon can learn something important from this: When in doubt, choose color.“The truth is that often nude and those kind of colors don’t do much for skin like red or blue does, or even white,” Stephenson says. Or even, if you dare, Barbie pink.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Women of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds working alongside one another is essential for the progression of any movement.
"You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair," Davis tells her daughter, Genesis.
It was yet another star-studded evening in California on Sunday, as the industry’s most respected entertainers stepped out for the 21st annual Hollywood Film Awards. Taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the ceremony benefitted the Motion Picture & Television Fund — a charitable organization dedicated to providing various resources amongst the entertainment community — and was hosted by James Corden for the third year in a row.Stars like Angelina Jolie, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mary J. Blige were recognized for their work onscreen. But the standout moment of the night was totally candid took place between actresses Kate Winslet and Allison Janney. The two shared a kiss during Winslet’s acceptance speech for the Hollywood Actress Award, where she shared her adoration of the Emmy winning comedienne with the audience.And while Winslet and Janney certainly stole the spotlight, nearly all the attendees slayed the red carpet. From Viola Davis to James Franco, here are all of the looks that caught Hollywood’s attention.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Jane Fonda, 79, works the off-the-shoulder look on the red carpet• Millie Bobby Brown, Kristen Bell, and more celebs who can’t get enough of this unexpected fall lipstick color• Michelle Kwan on her rule-breaking figure skating style: ‘I was the first person to wear jewels on the ice’Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
The annual Time 100 Gala celebrates the 100 most influential people in the world.From world leaders to activists and A-list talent, the 2017 event wasn’t short of a few notable names. Actors including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Margot Robbie took to the red carpet — looking amazing, of course — while the heads of the Women’s March were also honored.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty.
Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performances in “Fences” at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Viola Davis isn’t blinded by the glamour and the flashing bulbs at major events like the Oscars. “Right now, I see the red carpet as a challenge in remaining my authentic self and trying the best I can to enjoy it and get through it,” the Academy Award winner told Yahoo Style. While the Best Actress in a Supporting Role posed for pictures at first wearing red Stuart Weitzman platform pumps, she quickly switched into shoes that wouldn’t give her blisters.
Davis grew up poor in Rhode Island, studied drama at Rhode Island College and the Juilliard School, and is open about the hardships of her upbringing and the lengths she went to to fill that empty belly.
Viola Davis proved she doesn't care what anyone thinks by wearing workout clothes to a Sirius XM appearance promoting her new film Fences — and we love her for it.
While we already knew for a fact that Viola Davis was many things — strong, well-spoken, a humanitarian, Emmy award-winning, trail-blazing — we had no idea she was also a closeted beauty junkie.
From the “Suicide Squad” cast’s stunning red carpet looks to Diane Kruger’s cutout dress, click through the slideshow above to see who we think deserves this week’s Best Dressed title. Don’t agree? Let us know by tweeting @YahooStyleCA.
Viola Davis has opened up in an interview with 'Essence' about her frustrating experiences with hairstylists handling her hair incorrectly.
Dewan left little to the imagination in her black mini, showing off her assets in a sheer top and super short hemline.Source: Yahoo Magazines PYC