Kerry Washington Flawlessly Checks Magazine for Making Her Unrecognizable

 Kerry Washington

Photoshop has become an everyday tool, for everyday people, in one form or another (ahem, handy Instagram filters). However, as we fight the good fight and teach young girls to love who they are, more and more celebrities have come out to publicly denounce excessive photoshopping. Cue Kerry Washington. While Kerry has, admittedly, spoken out before about the use of Photoshop, it's her response to the latest incident -- her Adweek cover photo on the April edition -- that gives us major heart eyes for her. 

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Although the magazine claimed that it wasn't its intention to completely obliterate her face, Kerry had the perfect response to the cover photo. It wasn't snarky or harsh or belittling. It was expressive and honest. She was the epitome of class. 

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Kerry explained, "... 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."

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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She went on to say:

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.

In the end, she still encouraged fans to read the piece, making it clear that there was no bad blood.

And there was none from Adweek, either, as the magazine referred to her as a "class act" in their timely response to her Instagram post.

Kudos to you, Kerry! We imagine this is a tough issue for celebrities to navigate -- never wanting to step on toes (too hard), yet wanting to acknowledge their role in the body-positivity movement and, hell, just exude a sense of self-love. Which is definitely a greater cause and seems like the obvious cause to lend support to.

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Considering the fact that this is part of her livelihood, it would have been easy for her to stay mum on the subject to avoid the possibility of fallout. Instead she took this approach -- an approach that appears to be a happy medium and one we can all agree on. 

 

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