The adorable, important, feel-good story behind Viola Davis' Wonder Woman pic.


It turns out Viola Davis is a pretty big fan of Wonder Woman.

Leading up to the release of the new Wonder Woman film, Viola Davis shared an adorable throwback picture of her daughter dressed as Wonder Woman herself.

Davis’ daughter, Genesis Tennon, is now 7. On Thursday, Davis shared an old photo of Genesis dressed as Wonder Woman back when she was about to turn 3.

“She wanted to keep her fro,” the caption reads.

Genesis at 2 almost 3. She wanted to keep her fro. #WonderWoman! We’re ready!!! #TBT

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on Jun 1, 2017 at 12:05pm PDT

Suuuuper cute, right?

What you may not know is that Davis herself is a huge Wonder Woman fan. In fact, growing up, she wanted to be Wonder Woman.

In a 2016 interview with People, Davis explained how her childhood experiences led her to look to Wonder Woman for inspiration, saying, “I just thought to myself because I was bullied growing up, I said, ‘If I could be Wonder Woman I could take care of all the bullies, and I could be cute doing it,’ and so that’s it.”

Anyone who was bullied as a kid can probably remember that feeling of tears welling up in your eyes and self-esteem reaching new lows like it was yesterday. While finding refuge and strength in a comic book character might seem a little silly to those who weren’t pushed around, for many of the rest of us, it’s super real and relatable.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Davis’ story, from her own love of Wonder Woman to her daughter’s, is a super sweet and solid reminder that representation really does matter.

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, ages, and religions. It’s awesome that Davis could see herself in Wonder Woman, and it’s even better that the new movie might inspire a whole new generation of girls, too.

Based on a recent tweet of hers, Davis is obviously pretty excited about that, as well.





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