See the Magazine Cover That Has Kerry Washington So Mad

See the Magazine Cover That Has Kerry Washington So Mad

She can barely recognize herself.

Published April 6th

Adweek did too much.

The respected advertising trade publication landed Kerry Washington as a cover star, but decided to put a replicant version of her on the cover instead. The Scandal star, who is no stranger to Photoshop controversy, isn't one to stay silent when something bothers her, and took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the odd, highly-manipulated image of herself.

"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," she says. "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."

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

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on

Unsurprisingly, Kerry's fans took to social media to thank the actress for her honesty and for holding the industry image-makers to task. Even esteemed director Ava DuVernay gave her a shout out on Twitter:

It's women like Kerry who are going to help change the game in the media. Watch her give props to another industry icon, Diahann Carroll, at BET's A Celebration of Hollywood below:

(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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