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Viola Davis on Buying Her Daughter Barbie Dolls: “I Don’t Want Her Creating Images of Women That Don’t Look Like Her”

Viola Davis is taking a well thought approach as to what type of toys she buys for her six year old daughter Genesis, to play with.

In a new interview with Essence Magazine Viola talks about only buying toys that will help educate her daughter and build her self-esteem.

“I don’t give her Barbie dolls, to be honest. The only sort of ‘dolls’ that she could [have] are superhero dolls; she just got [one] in the mail. Mostly she plays with small animals. I don’t want her to begin to create images throughout her life featuring women that do not look like her at all that she puts too much value in. I’m trying to do as much as I can to train her up to love who she is as much as I can.”

Davis also went on to speak about the mantra that she and her husband have her daughter recite.

“She says the two most important parts of her are her heart and her head,” Davis explained. “I want Genesis to know that her values are within.”

Davis bring out that she’s a role model not only to her daughter but also to black girls all over the world, and that she wants to change the black woman narrative about “never letting them see you sweat.”

“Everything is about not letting anyone see you sweat, not owning up to your vulnerability or your weaknesses or your failures. I don’t think that you can live a life for two minutes and say that you’ve never failed or you’re not struggling through something or you’re not getting ready to. If you’re saying that, then you’re 100 percent lying and the people who are looking up to you who are struggling; you’re not helping them,” Davis said.

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