Little Girl Loves Dressing Up, But There's One Thing Her Celebrity Mom Won't Let Her Do

Playing dress-up is part of growing up; it helps to spark the imagination and actually helps kids learn. It's also a fun way for kids to pass the time, or to play with other kids.

Little girls are especially fond of dress-up games, but sometimes parents do have to draw a line. One celebrity mom understands the power of a fertile imagination, so she lets her daughter dress up however she wants.

There is one thing, though, that the girl isn't allowed to do. Academy Award winner Viola Davis says her daughter, Genesis, loves to get dressed up in costumes of different characters.

Sometimes it's a character from a comic book, like Wonder Woman. Other times, it's a Disney Princess, like Elsa from 'Frozen', that Genesis chooses to emulate.

Davis is okay with the outfits - but not with the wigs. The mom wants her 6-year-old to keep her natural hair.

“I really push it. I push it,” Davis explains.

“I say, ‘You gotta wear your hair exactly the way it is.'"

"'You can be Wonder Woman, but you gotta be Wonder Woman with your hair. You can be Elsa, but you gotta be Elsa with your hair.’”

The African American beauty has a reason for the line she's drawn. For ages in America, the standard of beauty pushed on the public through magazines, films and advertisements has been mostly straight, light hair.

Women who didn't have thick, flowing, blonde locks have often been treated as inferior and somehow less desirable.

African American women, however, have had it the worst. There is a multi-billion-dollar industry aimed at helping them change their hair to achieve a look and texture that seemed more acceptable based on artificial standards of beauty.

Black women who have opted to keep their hair natural have often faced ridicule and shame by white people. Davis has complained in the past that when she goes in to get her hair styled, many stylists just don't know what to do with her natural hair.

"When I was doing a movie and I was doing it with my ’fro and this Caucasian woman had her fingers in my hair,” she explained once on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'. “She said, ‘I’m going to make it really pretty,’ and so she put some white goo in it.”

Davis described it as the 'goo only white people would use' and went on to say, “She put that in and then she took a big spray bottle filled with water and just started spraying my ’fro with the goo in the hair.... And I wanted to say, ‘It’s not going to work,’ but I knew if I said it I would be insulting her."

"So I went to the set and slowly the sun caught my hair and my whole ’fro turned white.”

Davis doesn't want her daughter to grow up longing for some Norwegian snow princess' hair, she wants her to appreciate her own natural locks.

Davis reads books to her daughter such as 'I Love My Cotton Candy Hair' and 'I Like Myself!' in order to help her develop a positive self-image. However, she feels it's extremely important to put her money where her mouth is by choosing to keep her hair natural.

The 54-year-old mom says she wishes someone sent her that message when she was a little girl. She wishes someone taught her that she is 'enough' as she is.

“If someone had told me that just time and time again … oh, my God! I would’ve had a completely different childhood," she said.

"And my childhood was good, even with all the pain and poverty. But it would’ve been even better.”

Source: Yahoo
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