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Actress Vanessa Williams covers the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Ebony. In the holiday issue, the Desperate Housewives star details her mother as inspiration for playing strong characters. Check out a snippet below:

“My mother has great posture … She’s a pip-squeak. She’s 5ft tall. She walks in the room and takes control. She’s always been the shortest one. But she’s always been a fighter and a survivor.”

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