Kerry Washington has been on a lot of magazine covers. Right now she’s on newsstands across the country gracing the April issue of Elle, and this week the Scandal star lands on new issue of Adweek. But while Washington is used to being digitally nipped and tucked and altered in the pages of a magazine, she isn’t really feeling her Adweek pics.
In an extremely honest Instagram post, Washington explained why she’s not over-the-moon about her Adweek cover.
“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,” Washington wrote before explaining why she isn’t a fan of the image.
“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,” she explained.
What’s unfortunate is that Adweek chose to touch up the Scandal star so much they made her look like a Black Scarlett Johansson instead of her gorgeous self.
When I first saw the cover, I thought the model was beautiful, but not Kerry Washington, and apparently, other people noticed as well.
— Keabe Mautla (@Kiabe) April 5, 2016
— Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) April 4, 2016
Man AdWeek screwed and chopped Kerry's face into a completely different person
— iSlay (@Orig_Glamazon) April 5, 2016
Kerry's Adweek cover could've been so perfect. The art direction and styling was really good and Kerry is flawless. Photoshop ruined it 😩
— Andrea (@portiadequeen) April 5, 2016
Adweek got Kerry lookin like Lord Farquaad.
— The Blacks (@vbell12) April 5, 2016
Despite expressing her displeasure with the cover and admitting she struggled with figuring out how to share her thoughts “in a way that felt both celebratory and honest,” Washington kept it classy and even encouraged her fans to pick up a copy of the mag to read her interview.