Viola Davis says her entire life has been a protest. Plus, why her Vanity Fair cover is a big moment

accreditation
Viola Davis is the cover star for Vanity Fair's July/August issue. Photo: dario.studio/Instagram
Viola Davis is the cover star for Vanity Fair's July/August issue. Photo: dario.studio/Instagram

The award-winning actress insists that there are many aspects of her life that have felt like a protest for the rights of black women and men.

Meanwhile, Viola was eager to protest against the killing of George Floyd recently, but due to the current health crisis, she felt isolated from the movement because she wasn't able to go out and protest straight away.

She is quoted on Vanity Fair saying: “My entire life has been a protest.

"My production company is my protest. Me not wearing a wig at the Oscars in 2012 was my protest. It is a part of my voice, just like introducing myself to you and saying, ‘Hello, my name is Viola Davis.'"

Viola Davis covers the July/August 2020 Vanity Fair issue, which has been a great talking point.

And this is why:

This Vanity Fair cover was photographed by Dario Calmese - the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the early 40-year existence of the publication. 

The cover also referenced a historical photograph of an enslaved man with whipping wounds on his back.  

Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones says the magazine cover is "a re-creation of the Louis Agassiz slave portraits taken in the 1800s - the back, the welts. This image reclaims that narrative, transmuting the white gaze on Black suffering into the Black gaze of grace, elegance, and beauty".

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24’s newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaway.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What's your favourite winter style staple?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Outerwear - coats, jackets
28% - 46 votes
Knits
19% - 31 votes
Boots
21% - 34 votes
Sweats and hoodies
28% - 46 votes
Turtlenecks
5% - 8 votes
Vote