Viola Davis on the cover of InStyle
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First, her wardrobe isn’t nearly as professional or corporate, seeing as how she’s a mother of a 5-year-old. 

“If I were to compare my style to Annalise Keating, I would say that I have absolutely no style,” Davis said. “Annalise Keating is an Alexander McQueen, kinda Max Mara girl. That’s not me. I have a 5-year-old.” 

Plus, Davis is all about being her natural self—no fuss, no muss. Her looks don’t define her. 

“What’s released me most from the fear of aging is self-awareness,” she said. “I’ve never determined my value based on my looks or anything physical. I’ve been through a lot in life, and what has gotten me through is strength of character and faith.”

And instead of pulling her hair out trying to defend her clients in sensational criminal cases, she’d rather pass most of her days at a luxurious spa. 

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“I am addicted to spas. If we go to a hotel, we’ll be the only people in that spa for hours. We’ll start at five in the morning sometimes,” Davis said. 

What’s most eye-opening is that next February she’ll renew her vows with her husband of 13 years, Julius Tennon. It’ll be Davis’ third wedding to him because the first time she was underdressed, the second time she was traditional, and now she plans on wearing a custom dress by Carmen Marc Valvo.

Work, Viola. 

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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