Kerry Washington Gracefully Addresses AdWeek’s Photoshopping Nightmare

Photoshopping is a mostly innocuous fact of life for most celebrities, but there are times it goes too far. This was the case with Kerry Washington’s cover on Adweek. The image somehow managed to make the gorgeous actress look like she has arms made of liquid and completely mutated her facial bones. Also, it seems that her skin has been lightened, which, can we stop doing that, please?

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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Washington managed to address the issue of photoshopping without framing her frustration in dramatic terms or done as I would by screaming “I’m fucking gorgeous already, what the hell is your problem you fucking ingrates?!”

Here’s what she wrote:


“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.”

Ugh, we get it Kerry. You’re graceful and amazing and handle this Hollywood bullshit with more chill than a dimly lit room full of Leonardo Dicaprio’s vape pens.

(Nylon)