We wrote a piece on Urban Gyal that said she should not feel offended, because she was not casted to be classically beautiful. Like her, many of us are not classically beautiful, and that is perfectly OK.
Viola’s response was :
“Being a dark-skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb,” said Davis. “And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you.” “I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said, ‘Why not?’ That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective,”
Now feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but there are many of us that still have a ton of insecurities based on the color of our skin, and the appearance of our hair. Viola is not much different; alopecia made things even more complicated for her, so she felt that she needed a wig* to feel beautiful. Her insecurities might also make her feel insulted when described as anything less than beautiful as she should.
Everyone is beautiful in their own right, but the features that you have to have to be described as classically beautiful are not evident for every woman on the planet, and that’s just the truth.
Viola has been casted as a strong, sexy, smart, slightly flawed black woman by Shonda, and that represents a huge sector of women who may never be considered classically beautiful, but still lead bountiful lives.
As a woman who is overcoming traction alopecia, and who used wigs* as a crutch, I would say that she came a long way. Viola is definitely more comfortable wearing her natural hair, and though she wears wigs on the show, I think she looks amazing with her own hair.
I hope Viola keeps talking about how she feels about herself, as she is probably at one of the highest points in her career – so a lot of us are listening. It is good to know that there are people out there with some of the same insecurities we have, who have alopecia, and are struggling with trying to be beautiful, while fighting the disease.
My humble advice: do what you have to do, because no-one can tell you how to handle Alopecia comfortably – so if wigs* are the answer while you are undergoing treatment, then wigs are the answer. However, if there is something deeper than just Alopecia, then you will have to tackle that at some point. For Viola, her time is now!