“I appreciate [success] because I’ve had nothing. You know, when you’re poor, you’re invisible…What I have now is because I’ve had to work so hard to get everything that I’ve gotten in life. It’s like the saying, ‘The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.’ Like food, like a well-stocked cabinet, like having my daughter have a nice coat, like having a husband that loves me and is there for me, or being able to reach in my pocket and give. I don’t have to have Alexander McQueen dresses. I don’t have to have a big house — although I do have a big house. But it’s the small things that just make me bask in the glory.” — Viola Davis
I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve…I want women to look stronger…I don’t like women to be taken advantage of…I don’t like men whistling at women in the street. I think they deserve more respect. I like men to keep their distance from women, I like men to be stunned by an entrance. I’ve seen a woman get nearly beaten to death by her husband. I know what misogyny is … I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.