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Viola Davis is pure Black Girl Magic. The regal beauty and scene-stealing legend is never one to shy from speaking the truth and is beloved as much for her star turns as her empowering words of wisdom.

Regardless of if she is accepting an overdue award for her her acting skills, doing an interview with top-tier media or calling out the history of racism, sexism, and ageism in Hollywood, the “How to Get Away With Murder” icon never fails to represent for herself and Black women everywhere!

This diva has been unapologetically, rocking her crown for years and the world is finally paying its respect.

Here are 15 quotes that remind us that Viola Davis has always been a queen inspiring us to let our inner queens shine too. 

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“The one thing I feel is lacking in Hollywood today is an understanding of the beauty, the power, the sexuality, the uniqueness, the humor of being a regular Black woman.” – Viola Davis
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“You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” – Viola Davis
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“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
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“I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.” – Viola Davis
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“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” – Viola Davis
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“Even when I get the fried chicken special of the day, I have to dig into it like it’s filet mignon.” – Viola Davis
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“You can’t shine if you have two lines in the background as a bus driver. You can only shine if you’re included in the narrative, and narratives start when you put pen to paper and you use your imagination. You just tell a story. That’s all you do. You tell a story. You don’t put any boundaries on it. It’s infinite and that’s the only way we can do what we do is that people use their imaginations so that we can be included in it.” – Viola Davis
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“I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. And I’ve spent far too long apologizing for that—my age, my color, my lack of classical beauty—that now at the age of, well, at the age of 46, I’m very proud to be Viola Davis, for whatever it’s worth.” – Viola Davis
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 “As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences—experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point.” – Viola Davis
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 “They say to serve is to love. I think to serve is to heal, too.” – Viola Davis
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I see a lot of sexy women who are hard, cold, look like they have windswept hair and lip gloss and light makeup when they say it’s no makeup. I work out five days a week, and I’m still not a size 2. So I wanted to see a real woman on TV. I wanted to see who we are before we walk out the door in the morning and put on the mask of acceptability.” – Viola Davis
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“Vanity destroys your work. That’s the one thing you have to let go of as an actor. I don’t care how sexy or beautiful any woman is. At the end of the day, she has to take her makeup off. At the end of the day, she’s more than just pretty.” – Viola Davis
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I would tell my younger self just be yourself—that who you are is good enough.” – Viola Davis
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“The internal sexism within womanhood is very ­predominant in Hollywood, because we all want to be ­successful. There’s a plug to it: You all have to be skinny! You all have to be pretty! You all have to be likable, because that’s the ­formula that works. On an ­executive level. On a power level. And it’s not always the same working with black people, because of the internalized racism. The colorism.” – Viola Davis
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“What keeps me in the business is hope, and that’s the hope that women of color are also a part of the narrative, that our stories are just as potent, because we also have the power of transformation. We also have the power to be quirky, and sexy, and different, funny, heartfelt and all of those things.” – Viola Davis

-XOXO | Not Just A Girl In A Dress Staff

The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” – Viola Davis

It looks like Viola Davis isn’t waiting for her chance to help the next generation of actresses. The “How To Get Away with Murder” star recently entered her production company – JuVee Productions – into a deal with ABC Studios to create projects for digital, streaming, broadcast and cable content.

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The company which Davis launched with her husband Julius Tennon is headed by Andrew Wang. Wang is the former vice president of scripted television development and production at Bravo and responsible for the network’s first scripted series, comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and the drama “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

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Davis shared with Variety, “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multi-faceted culture. We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”

2016-05-02_8-33-09The Emmy Award winner isn’t the only one making power moves to behind the camera. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington also announced her newly launched production company Simpson Street has also inked a deal to create projects for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

2016-05-02_8-29-15Named for the street where her mom grew up in the Bronx, the company has already seen strong success from its first project – the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation.

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Washington told Deadline, “I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.”

Based in LA the company “aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.”

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The fact that both Viola Davis & Kerry Washington launched independent production companies and partnered with ABC is huge news. These women are total Bosses. Bravo to them for stepping into their power and helping to create more opportunities for women of color and also for working to create stories that are as diverse as the world we live in.

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It’s inspiring to watch these actresses, advocates, entrepreneurs, role models and mentors transform into legends building legacies.

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

I’ve been checking out the upcoming Fall TV line up and am excited to see all the starlets that are playing pretty significant leading roles on some action packed dramas. Four of my favorite actresses are gender-breaking stereotypes through their roles as heads of state, business, and the classroom. Here are three awesome new shows that will have you cheering these leading ladies and taking notes for your business, regardless of if they are playing good or bad girls.

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Award winning actress Alfre Woodard stars as Madam President (of the Unites States) and Katherine Heigl leads as a CIA Analyis that use to be engaged to her son. Needless to say these two ladies have a lot to juggle in this NBC drama between running the free world and protecting it. Tune in on November 17.

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Viola Davis stars as a law professor and defense attorney pulling out all the stops to win her cases. Between molding her class of law students, defending clients in the court and living life in the fast lane; this double duty professional is just trying to stay one step ahead. The show is another Shonda Rhimes’ baby and premiers on Thursday, September 25.

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Gotham Gotham

 In this Batman-inspired prequel, Jada Pinkett Smith stars as nightclub-owning gangster running the legendary DC comic city. This bad-girl maybe be on the wrong side of the law, but she is definitely about her business.  The series premiers on Monday, September 22.

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