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Kerry Washington AdWeek Cover Photoshopping Quotes

Kerry Washington Is Understandably "Weary" After Adweek Photoshopping Controversy

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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Have you ever seen a photo of yourself that just . . . doesn't really look like you? It seems that's what happened to Kerry Washington recently after her Adweek cover was released. The Scandal actress, who opened up about her character Olivia Pope's impact on pop culture in the accompanying interview, took to social media on Tuesday to address concerns that her picture was photoshopped a little too heavily (even her skin appears lightened).

"I have to be honest. . . I was taken aback by the cover," Kerry said in an Instagram caption with the photo. "Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping," she continued, "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."

Kerry is sadly no stranger to over-the-top photoshop jobs; back in 2013, the actress looked nearly unrecognizable on the cover of Lucky magazine, and on InStyle's March 2015 cover, her skin appeared to be lightened as well — an issue the magazine spoke out about in an open letter after facing backlash. Kerry's explanation of the whole Adweek matter really speaks for itself — read it above now, then see the photo evidence that Kerry has always, always been gorgeous.

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