One of the most important things about being a kid is using your imagination, whether it’s to tell stories or play pretend. However, another crucial part about growing up is learning to love yourself, and to believe that you can do everything others can do. Viola Davis is helping her six-year-old daughter Genesis learn to do just that by making sure she sees herself in the stories she loves. How? She lets her dress up as much as she wants, but only if she wears her natural hair.
Davis recently told Yahoo Lifestyle that when Genesis wants to dress up as a white Disney princess or comic-book character, it can be hard to dissuade her from using wigs to cover her natural hair, but she says, “I really push it. I push it.” She told Yahoo Lifestyle about dressing up as other characters, “You can do all of that stuff if you start with the palette of loving who you are.” Davis has gone through her own hair journey, and wore her gorgeous natural hair on the 2012 Oscars red carpet after encouragement from her husband.
Now, when Genesis wants to dress up, Davis lets her, but with one caveat. “I say, ‘You gotta wear your hair exactly the way it is. You can be Wonder Woman, but you gotta be Wonder Woman with your hair. You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair.’” Davis told Yahoo Lifestyle she wishes someone would’ve told her she was enough, just as she is, when she was younger. She said, “If someone had told me that just time and time again…oh, my God! I would’ve had a completely different childhood. And my childhood was good, even with all the pain and poverty. But it would’ve been even better.” Though it’s never too late to start believing it, the earlier the better.
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