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Viola Davis: My Husband Encourages Me to Go Wigless

02/24/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

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Daughter Genesis is still getting used to seeing mom Viola Davis without her wigs, but the actress is covering up less and less these days, thanks to some encouragement from her husband.

Speaking to InStyle.com during a private dinner party in Los Angeles recently, Davis recounted a message from hubby Julius Tennon. “He said, ‘If you want to wear it for your career, that’s fine, but in your life wear your hair. Step into who you are,’” she said. “It’s a very powerful statement.”

Davis, who went au naturel recently for the Los Angeles Times magazine, said she’s not sure if she’ll revert back to wearing her fake hair anytime soon. “We’ll see,” she said. “I think I’ll change it up every once in a while. It gives me flavor. It makes me feel like I’m spicing up my life a bit.” Tell us: Do you think Davis should go without her wig on Oscar night?

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Alicia on

She is such an inspiring actress. She makes you feel her pain, tears, tears. Beautiful and very modest. I wish you nothing but great success. God Bless.

JLC on

Hubby called this one right–she has a beautiful face, and her short hair suits her and looks gorgeous!! Appearance changes for acting roles are one thing, but otherwise, just BE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SELF, VIOLA!!!

Guest on

Wow! I”ve always thought she was gorgeous, but without the wig she’s stunning! Positively regal…

Mary E McKelvey on

I agree with her husband. Lose the wig. The wig just fits in to white stereotypes of beauty. Viola is a natural beauty.

Chipperchick on

I have a lovely African American friend who recently decided to stop wearing wigs and weaves and she looks BEAUTIFUL. Good for Viola for embracing her natural beauty!!

thetruth on

That’s the best advice anyone can give. You will feel so much better about yourself, emotionally and physically…..By the way, Viola you look gorgeous.

AMASS2 on

I AGREE WITH ALL THE POSITIVE COMMENTS.. EITHER WAY SHE IS BEAUTIFUL… LOVE HER SMILE. GO VIOLA!!!!!!!!

holly on

i think it looks really great and refreshing, i’m so tired of seeing all of these beautiful black women with wigs or weaves, ugh, and how uncomfortable after awhile

shrimperdan on

she is beautiful and does not need a wig….

La Vie en Rose on

What a cutie. Throw away the wig please you look better with your short hair.

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