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.