Kerry Washington Gracefully Comments on her Altered Appearance on Adweek’s Cover Image
by Faith Brar
First Amy Schumer and now Kerry Washington? Today’s biggest magazines seem to be under fire.
Yesterday, Scandal’s leading lady, Kerry Washington decided to bring attention to her altered appearance on the cover of Adweek that recently hit the stands. Like Amy Schumer, Washington took to her Instagram and shared the cover image along with a long caption expressing the frustration about how a magazine that doesn’t even primarily focus on beauty, still chose to make her look so different. “I’m no stranger to Photoshopping,” she says. “It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of photo adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter,” she jokes.
But ultimately she felt that neither the cover, nor the interview entirely encapsulated the essence of her as an actress and a person. “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,” she said. “It’s an unfortunate feeling.”
However, while openly admitting her disappointment, Washington still chose to voice her positive opinion about Adweek as a publication and encouraged people to grab a copy of the issue. She even thanked her fans for constantly supporting her and being patient while she figured out how to post such a sensitive issue in a way that felt “both celebratory and honest.” You go Kerry! Always ending everything on a positive note.
Take a look at her entire post below.
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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