Mainstream glossies are finally catching up to the star power of Kerry Washington. The actress, whose TV show is one of the most popular dramas on the air, snagged her first “major” (read: white) magazine cover back in May when she posed for Elle. Now the Bronx-native can add another to her list: Vanity Fair.
Although Washington appeared in Vanity Fair’s coveted Hollywood issue, she didn’t make the cover. And despite being apart of Oscar-nominated, box office hits, Washington has been overlooked in favor or other starlets whose resumes aren’t as long or as fierce as Kerry’s. But the media’s failure to acknowledge her fabulous seems to be coming to an end.
In the August issue of Vanity Fair, Washington talks about the impact of Scandal (apparently white women want to be Olivia Pope, too), her political activism, and how she became such a wonderful actor.
Check out a few quotables from the article:
On white women loving Olivia Pope:
“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’”
“It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa,” she continues. “It’s called The Fixer over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as awoman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”
On what she loves about her Scandal character:
“What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”
On why she’s so passionate about politics:
“My becoming a voting citizen was celebrated the way other people would celebrate a Sweet 16. My parents took me out to dinner, and we talked about who I was going to vote for.”