Simply put, Viola Davis is on fire. Our December cover star is one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses and has become an inspiration for black girls everywhere who desire to rock a short cut with sass. To celebrate her most recent ESSENCE cover with Denzel Washington, let's look back at the award winning actress' hottest hair moments over the years.
Viola Davis and Denzel Washington ESSENCE December Issue
Photo by Kwaku Alston/ Styling by Elizabeth Stewart and Linda Medvene
2002, Amber Waves
At the “Solaris” premiere, Viola Davis rocked amber-streaked, coily extensions.
2004, E is for Elegant
Davis attended the Theater World Awards rocking a simple, backcombed blowout. Elegant!
2005, She Bangs
At the premiere of “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” Davis sported asymmetrical bangs and long, loose waves.
2006, Just Like Honey
Davis hit the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival sporting a sleek, shoulder-length shag with honey highlights.
2008, Sleek Chic
At a screening for “The Andromeda Strain,” Davis debuted a sleek, chin-length bob with tousled bangs.
2008, Glossy Girl
Davis sported bouncy, glossy, jet-black curls at the “Nights in Rodanthe” premiere.
2009, Short Story
At the “Law Abiding Citizen” premiere, Viola Davis debuted a short, piece-y crop with razor-cut bangs. So chic!
2009, Curly Girlie
Davis sported soft, romantic, chestnut-hued curls the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
2010, Swept Away
At the 2010 Princess Grace Awards Gala, Davis’ cheekbone-length hairstyle was sleek and swept across her forehead.
2010, Sweet Heart
At ELLE’s 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute, Davis rocked an Upper East Side-socialite bob that perfectly flattered her heart-shaped face.
2011: The Shining
At the Tony Awards, Davis’ jaw-length bob was glossy, healthy-looking and impossibly shiny.
2012: A Daring Debut
Davis made a big statement by going natural at the 2012 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event. "I feel very powerful, I really do," said Davis, about wearing her natural hair. "I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I've waited so long for that... It feels so divine."
2012: Cropped and Confident
Davis sported her chic coif at the Academy Awards, and it completely revamped her red carpet look for a bolder, fresher feel.
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2012: Red Carpet Ready
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2013: Natural Glow
Davis attended the CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute flaunting her coily, curly big chop.
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2013: Classy Crop
Viola Davis beamed on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards wearing her classy, cropped curls.
2013: Cover Girl
Viola flaunted her beautiful, natural hair for the October 2013 issue of ESSENCE.
Photo by Nino Muñoz
Viola's Layered Bob
In 2014, the renowned actress stepped out in a series of styles, including this super chic bob.
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Viola shined on the 2015 Golden Globes red carpet in a fierce-looking bob.
Photo by Steve Granitz
How To Get Away With Amazing Hair
Viola looked stuning at the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Photo by Gregg DeGuire
Primped and Prepped for Paley
During a 2015 visit to The Paley Center for Media, Viola sported her go-to bob. Super cute!
Photo by Jamie McCarthy
In 2015, Viola flaunted her natural coif at the Academy Awards.
Photo by Dan MacMedan
Fro'd and Fabulous
She also embraced her natural hair at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Photo by Jon Kopaloff
Remember when Davis donned this fabulous finger waves to the Academy Awards?! So chic.
Photo by Dan MacMedan
Sleek in Lavender
For this year's Screen Actor's Guild Awards, Davis looked absolutely amazing in a purple gown and equally stunning hairstyle.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian
A List Highlights
And she's not afraid of a little color either! Loving the subtle hints of brown in her bob.
Photo by Allen Berezovsky
Her wavy tresses look effortless. Continue to slay us with your ever changing hair, Ms. Davis!