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Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 02/26/2012

Viola Davis ditches wig at the Oscars

Viola Davis ditched her signature bob this weekend for the Oscars, wearing an emerald Vera Wang mermaid gown with her own auburn-tinted locks.
Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. (Jason Merritt - GETTY IMAGES)

She told E!’s Ryan Seacrest that her mother styled her hair, and credited her husband again for encouraging the natural look. “My husband wanted me to take the wig off,” Davis told  InStyle . “He said, ‘If you want to wear it for your career, that’s fine, but in your life wear your hair. Step into who you are!’”

She auditioned the look beforehand though, at ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood event on Friday. Essence reported, ‘When asked if she breaks out her natural hair for special occasions, Davis responded, ‘No, there hasn't been any occasion that I felt brave enough to do it.’”

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