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July 15, 2020

Viola Davis For Vanity Fair July/August 2020

Viola Davis For Vanity Fair

I felt a chill down my spine while looking at how radiant Viola Davis looked on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July/August 2020 edition shot by Dario Calmese and styled by Elizabeth Stewart.

This cover has made history as Dario is the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair.  I have to say I was shocked by this fact.

It appears that she is wearing this Max Mara Pre-Fall 2020 taffeta backless  gown, but it’s actually a coat.

In the issue the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actress discusses police brutality protests, the fight for equal pay as a Black thespian and much more.

The actress, who turns 55 next month, has been vocal about the importance of equal pay for Black actors, famously (and excellently) stating during a Women in the World event in 2018 “People say, ‘You’re a Black Meryl Streep…OK, then if there is no one like me, if you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth.”

She doubles down on that statement during her Vanity Fair interview, adding that addressing every issue of systemic racism in this country would take forever.

“Should I say it? Should I not? What’s a good hashtag?” she says.

“Is there going to be some kind of silent backlash, where I just stop getting phone calls? Stop getting jobs?”

She also points out Vanity Fair’s issues with inclusion, which the writer Sonia Saraiya agrees with.

“There’s a real absence of dark-skinned Black women. When you couple that with what’s going on in our culture, and how they treat Black women, you have a double whammy. You are putting us in a complete cloak of invisibility,” Viola said.

I’m speechless.

Credit: Vanity Fair/Dario Calmese

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12 Responses to Viola Davis For Vanity Fair July/August 2020

  1. TeaAtTwo July 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

    A poignant explanation of inspiration behind the cover shoot pose.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CCn2JVBF2av/

  2. 🦄 July 16, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

    A truly majestic cover!

  3. Sharon M July 16, 2020 at 12:22 pm #

    I am also shocked this is the first cover shot by a black photographer…what?

    Viola Davis is breathtaking and so, so talented. She is a legend in her own right.

  4. _Hannah_ July 16, 2020 at 11:32 am #

    Breathtaking! She looks so regal, especially in this coat. The colour is amazing against her skin.

  5. JHH July 15, 2020 at 11:34 pm #

    Everything about the first photograph (the cover) is brilliant.

  6. Los_NGLS July 15, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    Absolutely divine cover!

    “First black” anything in 2020 is embarrassing and truly shows the racism in which the institution was built on and most importantly, tried to maintain.”

    – Twitter user @itsnandibby

  7. TeaAtTwo July 15, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

    Looking at her looking great in the taffeta coat makes think she would wonderful in Valentino Haute Couture.

  8. xan July 15, 2020 at 4:38 pm #

    WOW,what for a great cover.One of the best i’ve ever seen

    • Catherine Kallon July 15, 2020 at 4:46 pm #

      Agreed. I’m blown away

  9. P&P July 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  10. Plain Jane July 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

    STUNNING!!!! I especially love the lighting in the second photo. I know the emphasis in the first pic is on the dress, hair, her gorgeous back…but I would love to have a little more light on her profile. She is so beautiful!!!!

  11. TeaAtTwo July 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    Stanning Viola Davis rn. American Vogue – Where’s Viola’s cover? Also, hire Dario and more Black female photographers.

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