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Viola Davis Reveals Her Longtime Struggle with Alopecia



The Oscar nominated actress and star of the newly debuted Shonda Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that she has endured an ongoing battle with alopecia areata since the age of 28.

“I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head,” she says. “I was like, What is this?”

The actress stated the ailment caused her to lose half of her hair and forced her to wear wigs regularly.

“I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement … I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful. I had to be liberated from that [feeling] to a certain extent.”

Davis first revealed her natural hair on the Academy Awards red carpet in 2012 and noted, although it was not exactly an easy path to reach, she’s overcome insecurities to fully embrace her whole being.

‘The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.’ I am telling you, I have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore.”

Now that’s a mantra we can get behind! We love you, Viola!

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