Back in 2014 award-winning actress in films such as The Help, Viola Davis revealed to the world something that she had been battling with secretly for years. The actress opened up for the first time about her long struggle with Alopecia Areata.
In the interview, Davis revealed she had struggled with the emotionally draining ordeal of losing must her hair at the age of 28 years old due to stress. At the time, Davis was a struggling actress trying to solidify her place in the world. Naturally dealing with alopecia wasn’t the most glamorous thing for Davis, who resorted to wearing wigs to feel comfortable.
Davis shares, “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head. I was like, ‘What is this?’ Until I found out it was stress related. That’s how I internalized it. I don’t do that anymore. My favorite saying in the world is, ‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.’ I am telling you, I have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore.”
She goes on to reveal how she became super dependent upon wigs. “I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement … I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful. I had to be liberated from that [feeling] to a certain extent.”
However a pivotal turning point for Davis came at the 2012 Oscars when versus wearing a wig to celebrate the big night, she rocked her natural hair versus the hairpiece she had long relied on. Read the full article HERE
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