Writer Alessandra Stanley described actress Viola Davis — star of Rhimes’ new show How to Get Away With Murder — as “less than classically beautiful.” It’s needless to say, there were more than a few black women who took offense.
Davis sharply returned with an elegant comeback, “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!!!”
Not that she needed to, Black women across the Internet came to her defense, as well as their own, with the hashtag #LessClassicallyBeautiful. If a picture is worth a thousand words, their tweeted photographs said it all. Labels and standards take heed, the photographs are the faces of women who know they are beautiful.
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