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  • Viola Davis rocks her short, natural hair for 'Widows': 'We're not all brown or light-skinned beauties with a big Afro'

    The struggle of feeling comfortable enough to wear your natural hair in the workplace is a dilemma that many black women know all too well. Just ask Viola Davis.

  • Jimmy Kimmel under fire for saying Roseanne Barr could use 'some compassion and help'

    The late night host got a lot of blowback from people who said he was defending Barr.

  • The 'calculated' choice Jennifer Garner, Jane Fonda, and more actresses over 40 made at the Oscars

    At the Oscars on Sunday night, we got an eyeful of the trendy shades of spring — pastels and nudes — adorned with ruffles, lace, and fringe, as there were stars whose sequins and jewels shone as brightly as the show’s bedazzled stage. But the women we often couldn’t take our eyes off were the ones in bright reds, deep blues, stark whites, and one bright Barbie pink — all bold shades worn by actresses over 40. The reason behind this wise choice is a hot tip we might all want to remember.“We were aiming for bold, proud, strong, happy!” stylist Elizabeth Stewart tells Yahoo Style about Viola Davis’s sequined pink gown from Michael Kors Collection. “And not conforming to Oscar red carpet expectations and norms.”Pink was an unexpected choice, but choosing to emphasize color is not, according to style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, founder of Glam4Good. The red of Meryl Streep’s plunging custom-made Christian Dior and Allison Janney’s Reem Acra, and the blue of Jennifer Garner’s Atelier Versace and Nicole Kidman’s Armani Privé, were calculated moves by red carpet veterans, she says.“These women all look fresh because they kept it clean and simple and all used color and shape for drama,” Stephenson says. “If you have too much going on — the over-the-top hairdos, tons of jewelry and tons of adornment on your dress — it actually ages you.”After years of awards shows and premieres, there’s probably no cut, style, or designer these actresses haven’t tried. They no longer need to experiment, and they know exactly what fits on their body.“They know that fit is everything at the Oscars,” Stephenson says. “You can have the most stunning dress, but if it doesn’t fit you right, you’ll be attacked. It won’t work.”This doesn’t mean actresses over a certain age need to wear the same style over and over. Rather, they can choose to make statements that emphasize their best assets, as Jane Fonda did in her figure-hugging white Balmain gown with its strong shoulders and edgy neckline.Younger stars have extra pressure to prove themselves in the fashion world, Stephenson explains, which is why they go in for the dresses straight from the runway. “Some of the younger women are vying for attention from fashion houses to get ad campaigns, or they are in ad campaigns,” she says.Those of us (of any age) watching from home who won’t be hitting the red carpet anytime soon can learn something important from this: When in doubt, choose color.“The truth is that often nude and those kind of colors don’t do much for skin like red or blue does, or even white,” Stephenson says. Or even, if you dare, Barbie pink.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • Viola Davis's Oscars makeup is all about the lashes — learn how to get her look

    The "How to Get Away With Murder" star made a jaw-dropping appearance in a heavily lashed makeup look.

  • Viola Davis Brings Disco Curls to the Oscars Red Carpet

    Davis slicked her voluminous curls back into a dramatic, disco-inspired look, complete with bold false lashes and blue eye shadow.

  • 10 Powerful Women Open Up About How Their Hair Has Shaped Their Lives

    We asked 10 women, including Viola Davis and Gabrielle Union, about the ways in which their hair has shaped their lives.

  • Women of color are being erased from the #MeToo movement, and that is not OK

    Women of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds working alongside one another is essential for the progression of any movement.

  • Viola Davis won't let her daughter dress up as a Disney princess unless she wears her natural hair

    "You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair," Davis tells her daughter, Genesis.

  • Viola Davis on why she's 'done' pretending sexual assault in Hollywood is 'news'

    "Most women in my life, almost all of them, have been sexually assaulted. That's just truth. I'm not saying anything that's news," said Viola Davis.

  • Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis, and all the A-listers who rocked the HFA red carpet

    It was yet another star-studded evening in California on Sunday, as the industry’s most respected entertainers stepped out for the 21st annual Hollywood Film Awards. Taking place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the ceremony benefitted the Motion Picture & Television Fund — a charitable organization dedicated to providing various resources amongst the entertainment community — and was hosted by James Corden for the third year in a row.Stars like Angelina Jolie, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mary J. Blige were recognized for their work onscreen. But the standout moment of the night was totally candid took place between actresses Kate Winslet and Allison Janney. The two shared a kiss during Winslet’s acceptance speech for the Hollywood Actress Award, where she shared her adoration of the Emmy winning comedienne with the audience.And while Winslet and Janney certainly stole the spotlight, nearly all the attendees slayed the red carpet. From Viola Davis to James Franco, here are all of the looks that caught Hollywood’s attention.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:• Jane Fonda, 79, works the off-the-shoulder look on the red carpet• Millie Bobby Brown, Kristen Bell, and more celebs who can’t get enough of this unexpected fall lipstick color• Michelle Kwan on her rule-breaking figure skating style: ‘I was the first person to wear jewels on the ice’Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • Blake Lively, Viola Davis, Ashley Graham, and More Gorgeous, Smart Celebs Hit the Time 100 Gala

    The annual Time 100 Gala celebrates the 100 most influential people in the world.From world leaders to activists and A-list talent, the 2017 event wasn’t short of a few notable names. Actors including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Margot Robbie took to the red carpet — looking amazing, of course — while the heads of the Women’s March were also honored.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty. 

  • Viola Davis Takes Airport Style to New Heights in Ab-Baring Sheer Top

    Viola Davis in Ab-Baring Sheer Top at LAX

  • From ‘Shy and Overweight’ Teen to Oscar Winner: How Viola Davis Learned to be Confident About Her Appearance

    Viola Davis is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood after picking up first Oscar win, but it took her years to become the strong, confident woman who just became the most nominated black actress of all time. Despite all her success, it wasn’t until Davis reached Hollywood around 1999-2000 that she began to become “mindful” of her appearance — or as she puts it, “Just wanting to look like a better me.” That was “the first time I realized I had two teeth that were crooked,” she remembers.

  • Viola Davis Only Wore Heels as Long as She Had to at the Oscars

    Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performances in “Fences” at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Viola Davis isn’t blinded by the glamour and the flashing bulbs at major events like the Oscars. “Right now, I see the red carpet as a challenge in remaining my authentic self and trying the best I can to enjoy it and get through it,” the Academy Award winner told Yahoo Style. While the Best Actress in a Supporting Role posed for pictures at first wearing red Stuart Weitzman platform pumps, she quickly switched into shoes that wouldn’t give her blisters.

  • Meryl Streep Hits Major Oscars Party and Lets It Rip

    Yet another reason to respect Meryl Streep, if one was needed.

  • Best Beauty Looks From Alfre Woodard’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

    We are days aways from the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are already aligning on various red carpets. On Wednesday, for Alfre Woodard’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree sponsored by Farfetch — the eighth-annual party at which Woodard celebrates all the women of color who’ve ever been nominated for Oscars, as well as those who should’ve been — actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and many gorgeously dolled-up others showed up, showed out, and absolutely slayed. Scroll through to see exactly what we’re talking about.Read More: Garcelle Beauvais’s Latest Look Is Us Giving Some Serious Queen Elsa VibesRuth Negga Channels Iconic ’50s ActressesViola Davis’s Sexy Skin Steals the Spotlight on the ‘Tonight Show’Let’s keep in touch! Follow Yahoo Beauty on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

  • Oscar Nominee Viola Davis on Red Carpets: They’re ‘Pretty Daunting’

    Davis grew up poor in Rhode Island, studied drama at Rhode Island College and the Juilliard School, and is open about the hardships of her upbringing and the lengths she went to to fill that empty belly.

  • Viola Davis Makes History as the First African-American Actress to Receive Three Oscar Nominations

    The actress is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Fences."

  • Lily Collins Couldn't Carry Her Clutch and Walk at the Same Time in Her Golden Globes Gown

    The always low-key Keri Russell makes her way into the ballroom with Matthew Rhys. With five minutes until showtime, Keri Russell used her partner, Matthew Rhys, as a human shield on her way into the ceremony. In the ballroom, J.J. Abrams showed Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataki a photo on his phone and it appeared to be of his kids.

  • Viola Davis’s Sexy Skin Steals the Spotlight on the ‘Tonight Show’

    On Wednesday, Fences actress Viola Davis appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While one highlight of her appearance was her friendly participation in a “Best Friends Challenge,” which Davis and Fallon both failed to win, we couldn’t help but notice how even and smooth her skin was.

  • Badass Viola Davis Wore Her Workout Clothes to a Press Appearance

    Viola Davis proved she doesn't care what anyone thinks by wearing workout clothes to a Sirius XM appearance promoting her new film Fences — and we love her for it.

  • Viola Davis Delivers Powerful Message of Self-Acceptance: ‘The Privilege of a Lifetime Is Being Who You Are’

    The actress, who won the best supporting actress award for her role in Fences and is nominated for best actress in a drama series for How to Get Away with Murder, was also the recipient of the first-ever #SeeHer award. The award, presented by the Association of National Advertisers in conjunction with A&E, honored Davis for her work furthering the movement’s efforts to accurately portray women and girls in the media.

  • The Drugstore Beauty Product That Saved Viola Davis’s Skin

    While we already knew for a fact that Viola Davis was many things — strong, well-spoken, a humanitarian, Emmy award-winning, trail-blazing — we had no idea she was also a closeted beauty junkie.

  • Viola Davis Reveals Her Secrets to Looking So Gorgeous

    The 50-year-old actress and mom will become your new beauty icon. (She's ours!)​

  • Viola Davis on Stylists and Black Hair: ‘It’s Almost Like They Need to Be Educated’

    Viola Davis has opened up in an interview with 'Essence' about her frustrating experiences with hairstylists handling her hair incorrectly.

  • The 20 Most Glamorous Oscar Hairstyles

    The Academy Awards are always a night of glitz and glamour, but there are certain stars who always have us talking about their hair look the next day. Here are a few of our favorites through the years.