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Kerry Washington Is Not Happy With Her Photoshopped Adweek Cover

April 6, 2016

‘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’

Kerry Washington says she was thrilled when Adweek invited her to do a cover— until she saw the final product.

The actress, who is on the April 4, 2016, cover, says she wasn’t pleased with the level of Photoshopping.

She explained her dissatisfaction with the photo in an Instagram post sharing the cover.

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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The article dives into the actress’s role in the upcoming HBO movie Confirmation, which is about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas. Washington plays Anita Hill, who testified during the hearings that Thomas sexually harassed her.

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“I was probably about 13 when it happened, but I had real memories about how it affected my parents, their feelings about the hearings,” she says. “And it was one of the first moments that I was made consciously aware of my own identity intersectionality: The idea that there may be times that I feel passionate about something as a person of color, and there may be times that I feel passionate about something as a woman, and there may be times when those two things are at odds with each other. So it was a poignant moment in my own developmental understanding of who I was.”

Ultimately, Washington still encourages her followers to get the latest issue of Adweek.

“I’m very proud of the article,” she says in her Instagram post. “Thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest.”