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A Viola Davis We Rarely Ever Get To See... (Pics)

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 4, 2012 3:16 PM
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I normally wouldn't bother with stuff like this, but this just had to be posted for what should be very obvious reasons. 

Photos taken for a piece in the Los Angeles Times (courtesy of EverythingYNTK). No commentary necessary...

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  • Juavon | February 27, 2012 12:44 AMReply

    Viola you are the reason my heart will forever beat for a Black Queen. Thank you for showing the world that beauty knows no race and reminding black woman that they deserve to be praised!
    - a black man

  • shelita | February 12, 2012 12:37 PMReply


  • YR | February 10, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    She looks like and exotic beautiful bird. Just beautiful. And that skin...flawless.

  • Robyn | February 9, 2012 11:15 PMReply

    It's refreshing to see how beautiful Viola is; I saw her on I think it was the "Today" show and she was naturally beautiful. But the glamour shot is awesome too and takes the stereotypical role least for a moment.

  • Dionne | February 9, 2012 10:22 PMReply

    Isn't she lovely! :-)

  • Melissa | February 9, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    She looks great, but looking great or stunning has never helped black actresses in Hollywood. In my opinion if you're not 'the chosen one', you're not 'the chosen one'. And that's that. No matter how good you look. Actually you're likely to get more roles if you look homely.

    That's what needs to change!!

  • Nee Nee | February 9, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    WOW!!! She looks wonderful!!! I was distracted by the bad wig during her SAG acceptance speech. She has always been beautiful, but these pictures take her to another level.

  • Richard Carter | February 9, 2012 6:48 AMReply

    There's nothing like beautiful chocolate !

  • Lavinia | February 8, 2012 9:04 AMReply

    She is so beautiful!!!

  • Te | February 7, 2012 9:54 PMReply

    Black beauty.

  • urbanauteur | February 7, 2012 9:11 PMReply


  • Linda Fulton | February 7, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    Beautiful, just beautiful......this look works for her.

  • Haqi | February 7, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    WOW, is this really Viola Davis? SHe's fine as HELL!

  • Nadell | February 7, 2012 11:17 AMReply

    WOW! Eye-gasm!
    She's gorgeous! And her hair.....loves it!!! Her skin is so rich & radiantly beautiful! FLAWLESS!
    She certainly can model -- she'd be the first 45+ model in the industry!

  • Marlen | February 7, 2012 8:12 AMReply

    WOW!!! Beautiful you certainly are.

  • Susie | February 7, 2012 12:18 AMReply

    Wooohooooo! Thankyou Viola for letting all the Dark cherries see naturals truly gorgeous.

  • Justin D. | February 6, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    She's so hot.

  • MsWilliamsWorld | February 6, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    I need new words because stunning/dynamite/gorgeous/beautiful/fierce/captivating are not enough.

  • Jackie | February 6, 2012 3:37 PMReply

    "This" Viola is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  • Akelah | February 6, 2012 2:29 PMReply

    I heard a white anchor woman on one of those entertainment shows say "she was so brave for taking those picture without her wig" Brave?! Its a shame that is how Hollywood's standards of beauty view being seen in your natural hair.

  • Trishla | February 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    LOL! That was quite dumb, yes. And what's a shame is that they don't even realize they're being offensive!

  • Akelah | February 6, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Wow sometimes wigs can really hurt you more than help you (no pun intended) I think she looks years younger and gorgeous as always. Her real life story is inspiring as well, I wish her all the continued success she deserves.

  • CJ | February 6, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    She looks beautiful! I always thought she was very attractive, weaves, wigs, or what have you. She looks like the star that she is!

  • Quinnette | February 6, 2012 12:34 PMReply

    I fell in love with Viola the first time I saw her! I have always been a fan of most of the sistas in Hollywood, but I have a special soft spot for the dark skinned sistas. Being dark chocolate myself, I was always shocked when my skin color was an issue, not from the Whites in the South but from the Blacks. Viola is not only beautiful, but intelligent and warm. Viola if you read this I LLLOVE that you used the word "Joog"(sp) on national tv! Now THAT is real!

  • Lavetta | February 13, 2012 3:11 PM

    I first saw Ms. Viola in Antwone Fisher and she was even beautiful in the role she played. I have been following her roles ever since...... Extremely awesome actress!
    You're sharing your gift with the world even if you don't ever get THAT shot!
    You're an awesome representative!!!

  • Joshua | February 6, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    She is serving it for the kids.

  • Monique Lawrence | February 6, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    "WOW" is right! She looks absolutely Gorgeous!

  • pearl cleage | February 6, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    beautiful woman/beautiful photos. now all we need is more films/plays where she gets to look like this while she does the amazing acting she's known for in every part!! lovely, lovely, lovely!

  • Mirian | February 6, 2012 9:11 AMReply

    Viola is one of the most beautiful women in the world!!! She radiates warmth! She is enchanting! She is talented, intelligent, and amazing! I can only imagine these gorgeous photos above... posted on the walls of young girls who will dream and wonder...and hope someday to be...and look...just like her.

  • Tosh | February 6, 2012 8:56 AMReply

    Simply beautiful!

  • Keneesha | February 6, 2012 8:13 AMReply

    Simply beautiful

  • Renee | February 6, 2012 7:07 AMReply all I can say!!! This is the eptiome of beauty...In the beginning.... there was you.

  • Danielle | February 6, 2012 7:04 AMReply


  • Jai | February 6, 2012 6:54 AMReply

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  • tiffni | February 6, 2012 4:13 AMReply


  • Raven | February 6, 2012 3:38 AMReply


  • Joy D. :-) | February 6, 2012 3:34 AMReply

    Love ur pics, beautiful inside & out... Now this is what real beauty looks like!

  • Kim Coles | February 6, 2012 3:26 AMReply

    Soooooooooooooo beautiful!

  • cherry | February 6, 2012 3:16 AMReply

    this is what i call a beautiful woman!

  • sandra | February 5, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    @INEZ I did not see this level of beauty in her past performances or even the red carpet. On the red carpet she is pretty. This spread takes things to a whole other level. I'm seeing bold, serene, sexy, classy, adventurous, flirty, glamorous,... and the natural hair is so organic and chic. We rarely get to see black women with their nature assets (natural hair and nose). So yeah..I am pleasantly surprised.

  • Kela | February 5, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    She is DIVINE!

  • T'Challa | February 5, 2012 8:02 PMReply

    More proof that weaves, & ridiculous wigs have an "uglyfi-ing" effect on sistas.. just let the natural beauty that you were created with shine through...

  • JustMe | February 5, 2012 7:50 PMReply

    She is stunning!!!! We are beautiful people.........

  • Cathi Young | February 5, 2012 7:08 PMReply

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Inez | February 5, 2012 7:00 PMReply

    Anyone who couldn't see Viola's beauty before this is definitely biased. I always knew she was beautiful and that people only looked at her complexion, never fully apprecating how incredibly beautiful she is. As a dark skinned woman, I was told as a young child that "I would be pretty if I wasn't so dark". I never let this stop me and as a adult I have been acclaimed by everyone who meets me as being a beautiful woman. I have appeared in Essence Magazine and in my local newspapers more than once, recognized for not only my beauty but for my sartorial splendor as well.

  • Catina | February 5, 2012 6:38 PMReply

    Viola looks absolutely beautiful!!! I love these photos!!!

  • jalisia | February 5, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    Man, she looks great without those old lady wigs! Do it Viola!

  • Shevah | February 5, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    Viola who..Viola What..can somebody say ..."DAMN"... beautiful black woman woman!!!
    Last pic reminds me of the singer Ledisi

  • jmac | February 5, 2012 5:14 PMReply

    Nice photos and they got rid of those puffy eyes.

  • lamar | February 5, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    abosolutely stunning! too bad Hollywood will never see the beauty i see in these pics. do it, Viola!

  • Me | February 5, 2012 4:42 PMReply


  • africa | February 5, 2012 4:22 PMReply

    what you say now!!

  • Lisa | February 5, 2012 4:20 PMReply


  • Margo | February 5, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    Doesn't she look absolutely stunning! And those die for min!!

  • Judy | February 5, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    WOW!!! Viola you are beautiful

  • Lynn | February 5, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    I literally have tears forming. Viola!!, you are stunning!! I can't believe how hollywood can't see this!!!!! Black Beauty, hide no longer!!!

  • BONDGIRL | February 5, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    Viola is giving me Diana Ross in these photos. The 60's look fits her so well, and her hair is so beautiful! As for the wigs, well...let's be honest. She can wear whatever she likes at an award show, but has opted for wigs and style of dress that don't compliment her. So it's not just Hollywood putting her in those God-awful looks, it's her glam squad who should be fired today for letting her down the red carpet. I hope she hires he team that worked this LA Times layout, because finally she actually looks her age.

  • sandra | February 5, 2012 2:56 PMReply

    I believe it was Sergio who first posted an Essence spread with her so this is not totally shocking to me. She is simply gorgeous and regal.

  • Shanea | February 5, 2012 2:01 PMReply


  • Tabor | February 5, 2012 1:29 PMReply

    Dang she is black she knock the color black out of bussness !!

  • naija chick | February 5, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    Oh wow! she looks amazing...unrecognizable
    hope she wins the oscar

  • Geneva Girl | February 5, 2012 12:21 PMReply

    I didn't recognize her at first. She looks awesome, especially in the picture where she's wearing sunglasses and smiling. We never see enough of her wonderful smile.

  • writer | February 5, 2012 12:14 PMReply


    I agree, with the comments below. She looks 10 years younger without the wigs.

    Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing this version of Viola in a Hollywood flick anytime soon.

  • Teddy | February 5, 2012 4:28 PM

    She absolutely looks 10 years younger, she should ditch the wigs and give this look a try on screen! Beautiful.

  • misha | February 5, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Ditch that wig, Viola!

  • Linda | February 5, 2012 11:44 AM

    YES...her face, her beautiful mahogany skin, her bone structure absolutely gorgeous...that wig hides all of that

  • Adell | February 5, 2012 11:21 AMReply

    My goodness! She is fierce. How beautiful!!!!!

  • denise | February 5, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    I am speechless - she is absolutely beautiful in these pictures. I am just thinking how seeing this picture will have such a postitive effect on a young African American girl in regards to what is considered beautiful. I know it took my breath away and I felt just that much more beautiful after seeing this pic!

  • Tamara | February 5, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    STUN-NING. That is all.

  • shine | February 5, 2012 10:14 AMReply

    She's SO beautiful! *wow

  • kk | February 5, 2012 8:00 AMReply

    Absolute beauty!!!! Period.

  • Huewilly | February 5, 2012 3:30 AMReply

    Beauty redefined!

  • Solaam | February 5, 2012 2:59 AMReply

    I hope we see her in a movie with her hair like this.
    She looks delicious. I've always thought she was beautiful.

  • margaret hurley | February 5, 2012 1:28 AMReply

    This is why I quit wearing a wig. They look so fake on black women. She is beautiful without the wig. vjm

  • Ray | February 4, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    Damn! I didn't even know her hair was that short... looks amazing, Im a HUGE natural hair fan! Wish she could rock it in her movies, but Hollywood prob ain't having that shit! smh

  • Anthony D. | February 4, 2012 11:21 PMReply


  • Sha'ahn | February 4, 2012 10:26 PMReply

    She reminds me of Ms Lauryn Hill in the first pic

  • blackyogis | February 4, 2012 9:37 PMReply

    Stunning...and she's 47!!! She needs to dump the weave. Her beauty shines with a short natural. They always make her look old and "Plain Jane-ish" in the movies.

  • TheFabGirls | February 4, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    We are the internet’s new blog for African American tweens and teens, The Fab Girls. Female and Black=FAB! Visit us at Follow us on Twitter @thefabgirldaily!
    We are left without words. She is giving face. Her legs are outrageous. She is such a truly, stunning woman and I will be sharing this on The Fab Girls blog! She epitomizes everything FAB!

  • T. G. Hebert | February 4, 2012 7:53 PMReply

    UTTERLY, unquestionably beautiful...STUNNING...need to see more of her like this! OFF the chart!

  • Kris | February 4, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Holy smokes! Amazingly beautiful.

  • Ade | February 4, 2012 7:46 PMReply

    She is simply stunning!

  • simone | February 4, 2012 7:21 PMReply

    simply beautiful.

  • Ife | February 4, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    what a natural beauty with out the additives!

  • politicallyincorrect | February 4, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    Viola looks younger and sexier w/o the wigs. She serves hot love interest w/ the natural do

  • Nicole | February 4, 2012 6:56 PMReply

    You could put any one of these pictures in Vogue, Vanity Fair or Elle. Especially the one with the sunglasses.

    I could totally see her playing some bad assassin in a Bond movie or MI5.


  • Eve | February 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    You're right Nicole. That's a movie I would definitely pay to see!

  • Bemused Observer | February 4, 2012 6:13 PMReply

    Loving it....she's simply beautiful!

  • Laura | February 4, 2012 6:11 PMReply

    Is it a bird? NO. Is it a plane? NO. It's Superdiva. No doubt she has the entire package. The looks, the chops, the IT factor. To bad they cain't RECOGNIZE. Like Carolyn said I hope she gets independent and foreign film roles to showcase her full range.

  • Carolyn | February 4, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    Absolutely stunning...maybe she will consider more independent and foreign films that will showcase her natural beauty!

  • Cynthia | February 4, 2012 5:57 PMReply

    And THIS is why we need this emerging and thriving black indie film scene, so we can see what so many of our great actors + actresses across the diaspora have to offer. Simply stunning!

  • Chelle Barbour | February 4, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    OMG. I had the opportunity to meet Viola this year and thought she was absolutely stunning. Without the wig, she outrageously beautiful. Never being one to buy into the manufactured hair (i.e. braids, wigs, weaves, or perms) I can say that I prefer Ms. Davis' natural hair texture. Wow, she is definitively one hot commodity, more so than Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett, and every other light complected black woman that Hollywood perceives as "exotic". The 100 mile difference is Viola is brilliant, self assured, analytical and will not select a role that compromises her (or a black woman's) integrity. She proved that you don't have to accept roles like Monster's Ball to win an Oscar. I love this woman, and it is she who might influence Hollywood to reassess what a black beauty looks like. You're right Dianne Daniels, this beauty is fierce. Perhaps this is Viola's big reveal to fully separate her screen characters (with wigs) from the real deal. Love it.

  • Swank Tony | February 4, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    I always suspected Viola Davis had an undercover hotness thing going on. Now her pulchritude is clearly exposed and apparent in its full and regal splendor in these exhibits. Leading lady loveliness; my suspicions are confirmed. What a comely woman!

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