<p class="body-text”>It’s not often you get to share a room with Viola Davis, but when you do, you know something big is happening. This week, I got to watch in awe—standing just a few steps away from the 54-year-old Oscar-winning actress—as I learned she had been named the new face of L’Oréal Paris.
<p class="body-text”>You’ve seen Davis star in award-winning films like Fences and The Help, and stun us all in her bone-chilling role in ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder. She does not take her responsibility as an actress lightly, and uses her platform to be a force for representation.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” Davis told the room, with conviction in her voice. “What we have found in history culturally is that women, but especially women of color, have been considered less-than and not as beautiful.
This has permeated in every aspect of our culture, including the entertainment industry. In the past, there’s been limitations on how we’re seen.
I see myself as a person who can be an instrument of change.”
‘ I have spent the greater portion of my life looking at so many images of women who did not see their worth. So, I mirrored their behavior until I hit a wall and realized that I lived half of my life like I didn’t have value.
<p class="body-text”>That’s why Davis is so proud to join a brand that champions for women‘s worth and amplifies diverse perspectives. “You were born worthy, and there’s nothing you have to earn to be worthy,” Davis reassured the room.
<p class="body-text”>After being asked what this big step into the beauty world means to her, the actress said: “I feel like my life has come full circle. Before turning 54, I didn’t know that I had the power to reject everything that the culture has dictated about me.
At 54, I feel like I’ve been reborn. I fought and survived a really dramatic childhood.
I’m getting better and better.”