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Viola Davis Goes Natural For "LA TIMES" Magazine & Talks To Andre Leon Talley For VOGUE

Academy Award front-runner Viola Davis covers the February 2012 issue of LA TIMES Magazine with a photoshoot that shows a drastically different side of the actress.  See the pics inside and get highlights of the interview she did with Andre Leon Talley for "ET."

The Help star Viola Davis, pictured directly above in a Jason Wu sculpted dress and a Costume National fox fur poncho, has pretty much cleaned up at all the shows for awards season, so it's only natural that she is expected to win this year's Oscar for Best Actress. 

In the latest issue of LA TIMES Magazine, the actress rocked a photoshoot that highlighted her gorgeous features.  She looks fab!

In a Theirry Mugler lace with velvet trim suit

In a Marchesa long sleeved lace and high neck dress with organza flower detail

Here's a few of the highlights:

On liking characters that are underrated, slow burners: “Human life is about a culmination of moments, and 99 percent of those are quiet but powerful. I am always interested and intrigued with watching that.”

On nurturing her craft from a young age: “Even back when I was 11, I knew that Isabel Sanford from The Jeffersons came from the stage. I never watched the Oscars, but I watched the Tonys every year. I wanted to be onstage. I wanted to be like Colleen Dewhurst or Jane Alexander—one of those great ladies of the theater, doing Ibsen and Shakespeare.”

On the need for young people to be mentored to aspire to something fulfilling: “I am doing this out of necessity. If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”

  

And in other Viola news....

She recently talked to Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley for an upcoming issue.  And a part of his chat aired on "Entertainment Tonight".  Here are the highlights:

On using real-life experience to draw on for her role in the The Help.

"I have stories of being spit on.  You have to realize I was in a predominantly white culture ... And third grade was the worst because every day after school I would wait at the door and the bell would ring. And as soon as the bell rang I ran as fast as I could from the front door to my house, which was at least a mile away, because I would have eight to nine boys with sticks, bricks, anything they could find, who were ready to kill me."

On what her mother told her about bullying

"She said, 'Viola, I want you to take my crochet and needle and you put it in your pocket and if they stop you again you tell them you're gonna [stab] 'em.'"

On how her life defined her career

"Having it hard made me build so much character ... You have to actually say, 'Is the world going to define me or am I going to define myself.'"

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Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Any more questions?
Anonymous's picture

Eh? I am Nigerian too,

Eh? I am Nigerian too, Calabar, Cross River State...which kind oyingbo people you dey meet? And your people dey stand dere dey look? Dem never born the white person wey fit do dat kind ting in Efikland NEVER! I have never heard of such a thing happening in Nigeria and I lived there all my life.
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Adele's picture

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola!

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola! Give em all of that Natural Swag!..... Do it, girl! :)
KiKi's picture

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola!

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola! Give em all of that Natural Swag!..... Do it, girl! :)
KiKi's picture

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola!

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola! Give em all of that Natural Swag!..... Do it, girl! :)
KiKi's picture

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola!

Simply gorgeous!! Go Viola! Give em all of that Natural Swag!..... Do it, girl! :)
KiKi's picture

She's gorgeous! She really

She's gorgeous! She really needs to consider modeling. The natural hair suits her and her skin is impeccable!
Jayrock's picture

She actually looks better

She actually looks better w/her natural hair, like a high fashion model wow, beautiful!
Anonymous's picture

She actually looks better

She actually looks better w/her natural hair, like a high fashion model wow, beautiful!
Anonymous's picture

She actually looks better

She actually looks better w/her natural hair, like a high fashion model wow, beautiful!
Anonymous's picture

She actually looks better

She actually looks better w/her natural hair, like a high fashion model wow, beautiful!
Anonymous's picture

Wow how stunning she looks

Wow how stunning she looks like a piece of art and she looks like a stone cold super model in that Jason Wu dress....She needs not never, ever...ever wear that horrible old lady Stone Street Baptist Church wig anymore. Mrs. Davis PLEASE rock your "own" hair!
AnonymousFORAREASON's picture

LOL @ Stone Street Baptist

LOL @ Stone Street Baptist Church wig
AngieBee's picture

She looks soooooo beautiful

She looks soooooo beautiful with the natural look. I hope when she wins her Oscar she can write her own ticket and play roles that allow her to wear her natural look and be who she truly is.
LA girl too's picture

Stunning!

Stunning!
Special K's picture

That damn wig really takes

That damn wig really takes away from her features. I love her short natural look. The wig makes her look like an old maid... no pun intended.
SMDH's picture

When we embrace ourselves

When we embrace ourselves more, white folks will get used to it. Whites say and do what they do because they clearly see that we lack confidence in our black skin, hair, lips, body, etc. Viola Davis looks beautiful. Her skin is just glowing.
rj's picture

Viola Davis and is an

Viola Davis and is an extraordinary beauty.
Taj's picture

I meant to add that the last

I meant to add that the last pic of her sitting down she looks like an angel.
Mika's picture

I have always thought she was

I have always thought she was beautiful and these pics let's me see her beautiful another way. Proud of you Ms. Davis, you are a true lady.
Mika's picture

OMG absolutely stunning. Who

OMG absolutely stunning. Who knew under those wigs, there was a natural beauty hiding. Wigs and weaves for some odd reason allow black women to hide. Nothing wrong with wearing them . But they just do that . She is always gorgeous. But these photos are stunning........
Anonymous's picture

Amazing, stunning. Beautiful

Amazing, stunning. Beautiful woman. Dark skin, natural hair, all black, I absolutely love it. God and art at its best (in its natural state)!
jennifer10's picture

These pictures are

These pictures are EVERYTHING! Simply gorgeous!
Anonymous's picture

Oh my goodnes, I can not take

Oh my goodnes, I can not take it. The woman has been ridiculously beautiful, but with the short natural hair!? Girl, has no right to be so gorgeous.
Anonymous's picture

Classy & Amazing black woman.

Classy & Amazing black woman. We really need more dark models because they are just as beautiful or more than the light skin females. We the black race come in different shades and it seems like for years that our dark sisters are getting a bad rap. There are white magazines that would only use very light skin black women. When I frist saw this picture it brought tears to my eyes. Looking at this picture you can see her inner & outer beauty Love it
Anonymous's picture

Her skin is beautiful!!! How

Her skin is beautiful!!! How old is she? She looks way younger without the wig
Anonymous's picture

Viola is stunning! No more

Viola is stunning! No more wigs, lady...you don't need it.
GIMMY's picture

Black is beautiful:) all

Black is beautiful:) all shades
AnonymousBrittbrat's picture

F A B U L O U S ! ! Simply

F A B U L O U S ! ! Simply beautiful!
burito9245's picture

She looks amazing. I love he

She looks amazing. I love he hair color.
NikNak's picture

She looks great. She could

She looks great. She could be a real model omg. somebody give this lady a contract. God this is beautiful. love it
Anonymous's picture

This photo shoot was amazing!

This photo shoot was amazing! She looks absolutely wonderful, gorgeous, and beautiful! Love the natural hair...she looks like a fashion model.
Fefa's picture

Ms Davis is absolutely

Ms Davis is absolutely gorgeous in her natural hair. I've always thought she was a beautiful sister but, her beauty is raised exponentially with natural hair. I almost didn't recognize her.
Anonymous's picture

Tres magnifique!! If I see

Tres magnifique!! If I see her in those wigs again, my soul will weep. She looks so majestic, natural and so much younger! Love it!
Itty Bitty Pig(let)'s picture

Ms. Viola is simply FIERCE

Ms. Viola is simply FIERCE all the way around. From her looks to her intelligence to mastering her craft. This is the kind of woman--a woman with SUBSTANCE--the media needs to highlight more often.
Anonymous's picture

She looks..........SO MUCH

She looks..........SO MUCH BETTER WITH NATURAL HAIR!!!
U laid it low and Spread it Wide.....mama Braxton's picture

She is sooooooo super....i do

She is sooooooo super....i do love her...all black people should love her...
Anonymous's picture

She looks nothing short of

She looks nothing short of AMAZING! The natural look is definitely for her... love it!
Anonymous's picture

Somebody need to let Trina

Somebody need to let Trina know this hairstyle is hot. Not what I seen ye sterday, wig falling off her dame face. Pure foolery!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Absolutely Positively

Absolutely Positively Fabulous!!
Realist's picture

Black is Beautiful (In all

Black is Beautiful (In all shades).
Penabutta's picture

Everything and Everyone has

Everything and Everyone has beauty, but not everyone can see it.Viola is beautiful she may not be the standard of beauty that does not mean she is ugly. Am not trying to uplift her( she does not need it ) am just pointing out the truth.
Anonymous's picture

I had to go back and read the

I had to go back and read the headline again, I didn't know that was Viola Davis! She looks wonderful. I love these looks on her, very different.
Anonymous's picture

I had to go back and read the

I had to go back and read the headline again, I didn't know that was Viola Davis! She looks wonderful. I love these looks on her, very different.
Anonymous's picture

I LOVE this spread, she looks

I LOVE this spread, she looks like such a model. LOVE the short, natural do, she looks like a completely different person. Jadore!
BlackVesper's picture

It is so amazing how taking

It is so amazing how taking of a wig/weave will just reveal your face's natural beauty...I'm so proud of her...if only she'd let THIS be her statement at the Oscars. She would have won whether or not she takes home the gold...
Anonymous's picture

Absolutely love her natural

Absolutely love her natural look! Beautiful beautiful beautiful woman! Viola u inspire me!
Tia's picture

Loves Viola's look! She;s no

Loves Viola's look! She;s no different from many of us.. she throws the wig on to fit in and get roles. But let;s be real, she would have never won an oscar had she worn this look from the beginning because whitey need to see something european to recognize us. Whitey would have been too threatened by her. Fck whitey, do you... chic looks hottt!
Anonymous's picture

Although black women might

Although black women might get mad at you for getting on they white man, i agree with you!!!White man knows his time is up, if black women on a large scale embraced they cultural look, the white man would be out of luck...Look at the 70's .....Blaxploitation was WHAT MADE HOLLYWOOD AS BIG AS IT IS TODAYYYY!!!!LOL PEOPLE CAN SAY IT DIDN'T.... BUT I BELEIVE THOSE Blaxploitation MOVIES GENERATED AND MADE THE MOVIES IN AMERICA MORE WATCHABLE AND ENTERTAINING. Black people came out with the natural , looking sexy and shit you had your entertainers and black people with they own movies and custom natural looks. It was a beautiful thing And it made whites feel like damn these black people arent looking at them as the standard of beauty anymore... Niggas had the little afrosheen and soul train commercials lol doing it bigggggg. White man was like iight we gotta stop this shit, 80's came they started promoting the Jerry-Curl , Ronald Reagan, Corny ass Hip-Hop and Pop music , And some Crack .....And black people went down hill from there Black people gotta start loving themselves man...Or else we fuck it's getting worse for us out here
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