Viola Davis Wins Peoples Choice.Award And Redefines “Classic Beauty” Shonda Rhimes’s hit show ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ has received great reviews this past season.There have been so many thought provoking scenes throughout the series.In one episode Viola’s character takes off all her makeup and takes off her wig. For some reason that scene seemed to resonate with viewers it went viral and became a hot topic. In that moment you can tell she was forced to deal with her true self; her insecurities,fears, worries etc. A New York Times journalist wrote an article about Shonda Rhimes calling her an “angry black woman” she also criticized Viola Davis she stated Viola was “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful” winning this award really validated Viola she thanked Shonda for seeing her as a leading lady and for hiring her “classic beauty” More details below.

Shonda Rhimes has really opened a door for African American actresses. Kerry Washington and Viola Davis have both been very vocal about always having to play a “type” ghetto, nanny, sassy or the help. Shonda’s characters are smart;they are lawyers,doctors and work at the white house. There is another underling issue which is colorism. Why did the reporter address Viola’s dark skin and say that she is less classically beautiful? Colorism is real problem in the world people like Kelly Rowland Fantasia and Dawn Richard have all been vocal about the industry treating them different because they are darker skinned, Dawn Richard said in a interview that “it’s hard being a brown girl in the music industry”