Happy birthday, Viola Davis! The actress, who turns 51 today, has earned dozens of accolades for her roles—including two Oscar nominations, for 2009's Doubt and 2012's The Help—but it's her stellar red-carpet looks that really have us impressed. With a penchant for bold, jewel tones and streamlined silhouettes, "Viola's style is sexy and fearless," her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, told InStyle. Davis is also never shy about changing up her hair. She's seamlessly shifted between everything from gorgeous ringlets to a super short pixie, and a tousled bob over the years—and also went totally natural at the 2012 Academy Awards.
"My husband wanted me to take the wig off," Davis told us of the headline-grabbing hairstyle. "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!' It's a powerful statement."
In celebration of her milestone birthday, take a look back at Viola Davis's changing looks through the years in our gallery.