The April 4 issue of "Adweek" magazine. Photo: Adweek
The April 4 issue of "Adweek" magazine. Photo: Adweek
The April 4 issue of “Adweek” magazine. Photo: Adweek

Actress Kerry Washington was recently featured in ADWeek Magazine where she discussed her latest business partnerships and where she stands in politics today. However, things changed once the spread hit the stands and Washington noticed how the magazine altered and photo shopped her face, which left her very unhappy.

Kerry Washington takes pride in her work and the many positive attributes she stands for. Many are familiar with Kerry from ABC’s hit drama “Scandal,” where she plays a Washington D.C. case manager named Olivia Pope. Between 2015 and 2016, Kerry has secured partnerships with various brands and causes such as Neutrogena, Movado, Apple Music, as well as 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She also has been promoted in the acting realm as she is simultaneously performing and executive producing an HBO original film titled, “Confirmation.”  The movie is centered on the 1991 Supreme Court hearing of Clarence Thomas for accusations of sexual harassment against his form assistant Anita Hill, played by Kerry.

Although the interview with the highly respected magazine went well, Kerry had no second thoughts expressing her opinions regarding the issue in which she was featured. The cover photo which showcases the two time Emmy nominated actress did her no justice. She took to Instagram where gracefully expressed:

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

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

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Written By: Chey Lyn

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