For me, the highlight of the 2012 Oscars was when I saw Viola Davis walking the red carpet sporting her natural hair - going wig-free. I don’t know if the Oscars were just really boring, or if I’m too obsessed with hair since that was my favorite moment of the night. I had never heard of Viola Davis before seeing the movie The Help, but I admired her performance in the movie, and I’ve enjoyed seeing her all glammed up in her various appearances since the movie came out. I didn’t even notice what her hair looked like in the movie (I was too focused on the horrible curly wig they put on Emma Stone).
So why am I writing about Viola Davis’ hair? After looking at photos of her throughout the years, it appears she always wear wigs. For celebrities that perennially wear wigs or weaves (Wendy Williams, Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Cher, and other wig-wearing celebs), going sans wig seems like a sort of big deal – especially since our society is so fricking hair conscious. No matter what race you are, having hair that meets certain beauty standards is rewarded and revered. I love that Viola Davis went without a wig to the Oscars (the biggest night in Hollywood) and let the world see her real hair. But I’m also envious that Viola has a nice full head of hair to show off! It’s ironic that African-American women are encouraged to wear wigs, even if they don’t have hair loss, yet women of other races are ridiculed if they’re caught wearing wigs. But God forbid any women walk around with a balding head.
I wish I could cut my hair super short like Viola’s and wear different wigs every day. Well my first wish would be to have my real/bio hair back and never have to worry about my hair falling out for another day in my entire life. But my second wish is that it was acceptable for me to wear wigs every day, and not have it be some huge deal that I’m wearing a wig to cover up my bald spots. I know I can do whatever I want, but it would take a lot of guts to show the world I’m wearing a wig – just like it took Viola a lot of confidence to prove she doesn’t need a wig to be beautiful in Hollywood. And finally I wish I had enough self worth to just shave my head and give up on hair altogether, but I don’t see myself going that route.
Here’s a full-length picture of Viola Davis at the 2012 Oscars. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
This is a recent photos of Viola Davis sporting her bio hair.
Viola wearing a wig in an Oprah style.
Cute picture of Viola with straight hair.
Cute wig, but the part is unrealistic. Does that even matter?
Short haired wig on Viola.
This is the hairstyle I want for myself (but a little longer).
Another cute wig, but again the part doesn’t look that real.
I picked these photos because I like Viola’s hair in all of them. She’s worn her hair in all sorts of other hairstyles throughout the years. And now I’ll be a hypocrite and say I actually like her hair better with bangs (more so than the hairstyle she wore at the Oscars). So you can’t win – no matter how you wear your hair, someone is going to judge you – even a girl that hardly has any hair;) Would you feel comfortable wearing different wigs every day, and in essence telling the world you’re sporting fake hair? What was your favorite moment at the Oscars?