In a recent article with Refinery29.com, Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis opened up about how she dealt with makeup and hair sessions being canceled because she was black actress and teaching her daughter about beauty.
Having hair and makeup sessions get canceled because she was a Black actress:
“At first I was just quiet because I felt I had to be or I’d lose the job. But now I’m at the point that I can’t let people off the hook with that. You just have to learn how to do my hair. It’s different, it requires different products. I’m not trying to insult you. I’m not calling you a racist. But when I’m sitting in your chair, I have a different set of requirements than a Caucasian woman or an Asian woman.”
Teaching her daughter that beauty can stem from failure and insecurities:
“I don’t care how stereotypical it is, beauty has got to come from the inside. It’s got to come from owning her story — all of it. Her failures, her insecurities, her strength, her joy, all of it. There’s not one she can leave on the side of the road and not claim. That’s all I want for her.”
Why women should prioritize self-care:
“…we are usually the caretakers of everyone except for ourselves. If I don’t take care of myself and I’m taking care of my daughter or my husband or whatever — I’m running on fumes. I have nothing left to give. Nothing. But when I take the time to take care of myself, to go to the doctor, go to a spa, get a deep tissue massage, get adjusted by chiropractor… I feel like I can face life with a renewed vigor and renewed passion.”
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