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Viola Davis Goes Natural For "LA TIMES" Magazine & Talks To Andre Leon Talley For VOGUE

Academy Award front-runner Viola Davis covers the February 2012 issue of LA TIMES Magazine with a photoshoot that shows a drastically different side of the actress.  See the pics inside and get highlights of the interview she did with Andre Leon Talley for "ET."

The Help star Viola Davis, pictured directly above in a Jason Wu sculpted dress and a Costume National fox fur poncho, has pretty much cleaned up at all the shows for awards season, so it's only natural that she is expected to win this year's Oscar for Best Actress. 

In the latest issue of LA TIMES Magazine, the actress rocked a photoshoot that highlighted her gorgeous features.  She looks fab!

In a Theirry Mugler lace with velvet trim suit

In a Marchesa long sleeved lace and high neck dress with organza flower detail

Here's a few of the highlights:

On liking characters that are underrated, slow burners: “Human life is about a culmination of moments, and 99 percent of those are quiet but powerful. I am always interested and intrigued with watching that.”

On nurturing her craft from a young age: “Even back when I was 11, I knew that Isabel Sanford from The Jeffersons came from the stage. I never watched the Oscars, but I watched the Tonys every year. I wanted to be onstage. I wanted to be like Colleen Dewhurst or Jane Alexander—one of those great ladies of the theater, doing Ibsen and Shakespeare.”

On the need for young people to be mentored to aspire to something fulfilling: “I am doing this out of necessity. If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”

  

And in other Viola news....

She recently talked to Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley for an upcoming issue.  And a part of his chat aired on "Entertainment Tonight".  Here are the highlights:

On using real-life experience to draw on for her role in the The Help.

"I have stories of being spit on.  You have to realize I was in a predominantly white culture ... And third grade was the worst because every day after school I would wait at the door and the bell would ring. And as soon as the bell rang I ran as fast as I could from the front door to my house, which was at least a mile away, because I would have eight to nine boys with sticks, bricks, anything they could find, who were ready to kill me."

On what her mother told her about bullying

"She said, 'Viola, I want you to take my crochet and needle and you put it in your pocket and if they stop you again you tell them you're gonna [stab] 'em.'"

On how her life defined her career

"Having it hard made me build so much character ... You have to actually say, 'Is the world going to define me or am I going to define myself.'"

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Viola looks fabulous but her

Viola looks fabulous but her talent surpasses looks. She has got to get some more great roles, cause maid or no maid she can really act! I LOVE LOVE LOVE real actors and will spend my money on them. So Hollywood, if you want to make money then give us talent! And for anyone who has not seen THE HELP, you will be moved, go see it.
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Wow.... she's truly a queen!

Wow.... she's truly a queen! She looks even better with out weave. ALSO....people on here talking about natural hair this and that trying to "look like Europeans...." "Afro this and that" PUH-LEASE stfu! I'm all natural but I still like to wear my hair straight but my edges are a pain. All the pomades and jams could even hold these b-d-b's back. Then I work out for 3 hours everyday which means more wear and tare on my hair if I have to fix it. NOW ALL of what I just said has NOTHING, I REPEAT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this "European" stuff everyone is preaching. It has everything to do with MY LIFESTYLE... and how you style weave as well bc it can look natural too. I LOVE MY HAIR AND I LOVE WEAVE TOO AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! There!! I said it and meant it!!
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Looking at these pictures

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Viola looks absolutely

Viola looks absolutely angelic! These photos brought tears to my eyes. She looks so regal, pure, exotic...and just wow! It just gives me chills. If more black women embraced their true beauty in this way, we would be unstoppable!!
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That's right black women!!

That's right black women!! Wake up and embrace your beauty.sTOP Wearing weaves, wigs, etc. this is not who you are. Trying to look like the European "women" is not who you are. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I love this look. Just look at her beauty. She looks like a black Goddess.
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i NEVER respond to these

i NEVER respond to these posts, but coca49 said it best....we (black women) are beautiful! i wish we as a collective could be more confident and supportive in one another and go full natural. don't give me the "permed hair is more versatile" crap , i've seen some chocolate sisters with amazingly clever, fun, flirty, sophisticated natural styles lately. BIG BLACK FIST FOR THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LOOK!
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She looks much younger, and

She looks much younger, and gorgeous. It suits her.
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this should be her look all

this should be her look all the time! stunning! black is gorge! loves this chiq!
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Wow, she's so much prettier

Wow, she's so much prettier with her natural hair.
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She makes me proud to be a black woman !!!
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Dammn V! You rockin it girl.

Dammn V! You rockin it girl. Black is definitely beautiful!
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I think she is more beautiful with her natural hair. I don't understand black women because to me you are all beautiful with your own hair and just down right laughable with the wigs, extensions and stuff to me... all that is good for stage and t.v but everyday life it's just unreal looking or unnatural looking not to be taken serious for sure. I dont care how professional you all think it is, it's just not. Even the simplist of styles look over the top,really...
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I am an African American women and that is so true, I have always thought the wigs, and weaves look false, why do they wear them, just be themselves....Thanks for bringing that out!
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I am an African American

I am an African American women and that is so true, I have always thought the wigs, and weaves look false, why do they wear them, just be themselves....Thanks for bringing that out!
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because black women can't

because black women can't keep hair for 5 minutes. As soon as they get a half an inch the fry it, dye it, and lay it to the side. Hold is Viola? why is that all the hair she's accumulated?SMH
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Natural Beauty!!! You go

Natural Beauty!!! You go Viola!!!!
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I love her so much!!! Her

I love her so much!!! Her speeches when she wins her awards are always so inspiring:) she seems like a great person, very inspiring
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she looks FANTASTIC!!! I hope

she looks FANTASTIC!!! I hope she sticks with the natural do and leave those old lady wigs alone. BEAUTIFUL INDEED!
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She is beautiful I love her skin.
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She is beautiful! Truly

She is beautiful! Truly divine pictures!
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That's great to hear!

That's great to hear!
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Viola looks AMAZING!! WERK!!

Viola looks AMAZING!! WERK!! Just don't let ALT dress you for the Oscars (remember how he did JHud.)
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Viola. She is

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There's that gorgeous body

There's that gorgeous body she's always hiding. OW!! Beautiful woman.
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Fierceness personified! She looks ba-na-nas!
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Unfortunately Hollywood

Unfortunately Hollywood doesn't embrace "natural" black beauty as high fashion does. So a lot of black actresses still have to where straighten styles to even get noticed, but Viola looked awesome in her photo shoot. Hopefully hollywood's mindset will change, but I guess we have to start with black produced films 1st to show that it can be done.
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Unfortunately Hollywood

Unfortunately Hollywood doesn't embrace "natural" black beauty as high fashion does. So a lot of black actresses still have to where straighten styles to even get noticed, but Viola looked awesome in her photo shoot. Hopefully hollywood's mindset will change, but I guess we have to start with black produced films 1st to show that it can be done.
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She looks awesome rocking her

She looks awesome rocking her TWA. I understand that she needs to rock the wigs --it is the nature of her business but it would be awesome she rolled up and accepted her Oscar as she is. But, I understand needing to be versatile.
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