Black Icons to Celebrate: EGOT Winner and Fashion Legend Viola Davis

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African American actress Viola Davis
Viola Davis wearing a sleeveless orange dress

When we talk about "Black excellence" in today's society, one name comes up time and time again that is synonymous with elegance, class, astounding skills, and advocacy: Viola Davis. The talented actor recently achieved EGOT status, the highest honor in the entertainment industry. Winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony is no small feat, and knowing that she is the first Black woman to historically achieve this makes us incredibly proud.

But Viola Davis is not just a celebrated award-winning actress; she is also a fashion icon who pays homage to her Black American culture and Black excellence through her fashion statements. Her fashion choices are a testament to her love and appreciation for her roots and her community. 

By taking a closer look at some of her most iconic outfits, we’ll share top tips on how to achieve Viola's signature style in your own wardrobe. So if you're ready to take your fashion game to the next level, join us as we explore Viola Davis's stunning fashion moments.

Viola is known to wear every color of the rainbow and we commend her for not shying away from bold and vibrant colors and prints. She also has a deep love for solid color dressing that we applaud. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, Viola opted for a captivating bright red Alexander McQueen suit, matching Alexis Bittar shoes, and a classic red lip.

Viola Davis wearing a red Alexander McQueen suit and red Alexis Bittar shoes at Cannes
(Photo from Vogue UK)

To achieve this look in your own space, start with a favorite color and incorporate layers or keep it simple with a few clothing pieces and accessories. Make sure each color matches or they are all close in color range. With this approach, you'll be able to create a cohesive and stylish look that you'll love.

Viola Davis always looks spectacular no matter what color or outfit she wears, thanks to the careful consideration of her choices. Her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, has seemingly mastered the art of selecting the right clothes that accentuate Viola's body type and skin tone. For instance, at the 2017 Golden Globes, Viola wore a timeless, one-shoulder, A-line dress from Michael Kors in a yellow shade with textured fabric that matched her perfectly.

Viola Davis in yellow Michael Kors dress at 2017 Golden Globes

(Photo from Celeb Mafia)

To expand your wardrobe with vibrant choices or make a statement at a future event, it's crucial to select a hue that complements your skin tone. Determine if warm, cool, or neutral tones are best for you. If you're uncertain whether a particular color will suit you, experiment with a slightly lighter or darker shade.

Wearing a daring print is a fashion risk, but Viola has pulled it off every single time with her level of confidence. During her Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon interview at home in March 2021, she wore a jaw-dropping suit from XULY.Bët, a line by Lamian Badian Kouyate, a Malian-born, Paris-based fashion designer. She paired the multi-colored printed suit with solid white Sergio Rossi pumps.

Viola Davis wears a pantsuit from XULY.Bët with white Sergio Rossi pumps

(Photo from Viola Davis' Instagram)

This is a foolproof tip that we absolutely love. If you choose to go bold with print or color, complement the style with accessories that are more understated or lightweight. The timeless white pump by Sergio Rossi and the crisp white shirt that Viola wore was the perfect embodiment of her expert fashion sense.

Viola is a true trailblazer in the fashion industry, and her understanding of the impact fashion can have is incredible. She isn't afraid to bring traditional African prints, fabrics, and designs into her looks, showing her appreciation and respect for her culture. Her outfits not only serve as a way to celebrate her heritage but also to bring positive attention to the beauty and strength of the Black community and the talents of Black designers.

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In 2021, Viola stunned once again in prints and once more, her fashion choices highlighted the creativity of Black fashion designers. For the NAACP Awards, she wore a beautiful peplum dress made by Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu. The sleeveless dress featured a mermaid silhouette with a deep blue background with geometric shapes of varying neon shades. As always, she looked amazing.

Julius Tennon and Viola Davis wearing a peplum dress from Nigerian born designer Duro Olowu
When selecting prints to add to your wardrobe, classic styles are always a great place to start. Stripes, polka dots, and animal prints are all timeless patterns that can be styled in endless ways. For a classic look, try matching animal prints with solid colors like black or white. Alternatively, try pairing polka dots with a solid-colored skirt or trousers for a chic look.

Viola's confidence and presence is truly remarkable and inspiring. She carries herself with such grace and poise, and it shows in how she wears her clothing. Her style is timeless, yet bold, and she knows how to make her pieces fit her perfectly. It's amazing to see how she exudes so much confidence in her looks and her attitude. She sets a great example for others to follow and shows that fashion is truly an expression of your true self.

"Do not live someone else's life and someone else's idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that's inside of you.” --Viola Davis 

Viola Davis wins her Grammy to gain EGOT status
(Photo from Billboard)

Viola Davis is a true inspiration and she continues to show us that talent, passion, and hard work can take us to amazing places. She has achieved so much in her career and yet still finds time to be an advocate for diversity and inclusivity. Her presence in the entertainment industry has made such a positive impact and she is a shining example of what it means to be a successful Black woman.

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