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Viola Davis’ mission to inspire others

Actress Viola Davis wants to remind women everywhere they are fabulous.
The How to Get Away With Murder star is known for her words of wisdom, and is a big advocate for better opportunities for black women working in the TV and film industry.
Now the outspoken Emmy-winner has opened up about her own insecurities in the hope it will inspire other women to make the most of their lives.
“I just look at women sometimes and I just want to ask them, ‘Do you know how fabulous you are?'” she smiled to Elle.com.
“I look back at pictures of myself and I remember thinking, ‘I was so fat when I was growing up… then I look back at pictures of myself, and I’m like, ‘You were fabulous,’ I wish I would have known that then.”
Viola, who is married to actor Julius Tennon, 62, also shared her recipe for happiness, which includes indulging in her love of facial products, listening to music and having strong female role models like Meryl Streep.
Her confidence is something that the 50-year-old is keen to pass on to her adopted daughter, Genesis.
“Every morning I say, ‘Genesis, what are the two best parts of you?’ And she says ‘my brain and my heart.’ And I say, ‘You’ve gotta remember that, Genesis. You’ve gotta remember that you’re not what you look like,’ you know?” she said.
Giving a guest speech on Monday (29Feb16) at Brown University, Viola spoke about her difficult upbringing and her path to success. When she first started to land acting jobs, the actress found it hard to accept she deserved them, but she has worked hard to overcome these feelings.
“I want to say that my name is Viola Davis, and I am a hero,” she told the crowd of students. “When I say ‘hero’, I don’t mean someone with a cape or a lasso…I mean someone who has overcome adversity and weathered the storms.”

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