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Uwila Woman of the Month: Viola Davis

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Viola Davis is the kind of woman who excels at everything she does: acting, speaking, loving, learning, and using her abilities to tell the world stories they might have otherwise never known. She is a vivacious, intelligent and exceedingly talented woman who inspires us to aspire to great things with not only her words and performances, but her entire life. 

Portrait of Viola Davis for her Time Magazine's 100 most influential people cover.

Who Is Viola Davis?

If you haven't been lucky enough to watch Viola in her most well-known roles as either Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder or Aibileen Clark in The Help, you might just know her as a well-known black actress and producer in Hollywood.

While she is most well-known for her roles as Keating and Clark, her work spans a number of mediums and genres, not a few of which have won her awards (including an Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Fences).

Davis has been nominated by Time Magazine as one of the most 100 influential people in the world (twice!) and has donated millions of dollars to charities for causes such as women's domestic abuse, child hunger, rape and assault survivors and poverty alleviation. 

Viola Davis in a campaign for Hunger Is, a charitable program aimed at building awareness and fundraising in an effort to end childhood hunger in America

Davis is widely recognized not only for her acting talents and humanitarian efforts, but also her humor, tenacity and willingness to talk about issues that face minorities and women in Hollywood and the world--all while openly praising her husband, Julius Tennon, and adopted daughter, Genesis.

3 Reasons We Love Her

  1. When it comes to actors, Viola Davis is as humble as they come. Though her success is hard-won, Davis often comments that she “can’t believe her life” and “just wanted to be good at something.” Viola considers it a miracle she’s done this well—even though everyone from the her everyday fans to Meryl Streep herself realizes just how phenomenal an actress she is. 

 

  1. Viola is more than just the queen of the screen—her presence, eloquence and candor and wit live in every word she speaks. Viola is never afraid to tackle tough topics, and spends her time discussing not only the problems Hollywood has with diversity, but even the effects of sexual assault on women and their communities. Even her speeches are enough to make us cry, like her acceptance for her 2017 Academy Award:

 

  1. Simply put: she's a damn warrior. From growing up in poverty to building an empire that few other woman could be the helm, we love how dedicated Viola Davis is to not only her family, but every cause she puts her name towards. She is a woman for women--not just in name, but in every action and word she speaks.

Little Known Fact About Viola Davis

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for her acting work. Davis won the first of her trio with a Tony for her work in “King Headley II” (2001)—followed by another in 2010 for the Broadway production of “Fences,”) and a 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “How to Get Away with Murder.”

Davis’ Academy Award win for the 2016 film “Fences” makes her the 23rd person ever to complete the coveted “triple crown” of acting—bringing her to the ranks of actors including Helen Mirren and Al Pacino (even Meryl Streep hasn’t completed the trio). You go Viola!

Our Favorite Quote

"I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. And I've spent far too long apologizing for that—my age, my color, my lack of classical beauty—that now at the age of, well, at the age of 46, I'm very proud to be Viola Davis, for whatever it's worth."

— 2012 acceptance speech accepting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film

Why Viola Davis Would Love Uwila

As a woman devoted to the causes of women and self-love, we think that Viola Davis would appreciate the heart and soul that goes into everything Uwila has to offer. We also think she would enjoy the seamless but glamorous simplicity of our happy seams underwear--especially in dubarry (we know how good Viola looks in red).

 We’ve spent time designing our high-tech fabric in the same way Viola has brilliantly designed a career and platform for herself and the causes she supports--which we think is one of the most important parts of what makes Viola Davis one of the most amazing women we know of.

Words By: Joanna A

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