Who’s That Girl? Kerry Washington On AdWeek Cover
Kerry Washington has graced dozens of magazine covers – EBONY Magazine included. Her smile is always radiant or the lips are pursed to perfection. And her figure is usually captured in a way that is likely recognizable to the woman she sees in the mirror.
But, then AdWeek put a dent in that pattern and the usually laid back Kerry decided to speak out about it.
So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX
As, the Scandal star mentioned, photoshop is very much a part of the process. However, stars are increasingly vocal when it goes too far.
We’ve seen this with Zendaya and the verbal lashing she served about being made to appear thinner. In fact, her disapproval caused the pub to remove the altered images.
Bravo, Kerry for speaking up!