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Kerry Washington is NOT Happy about being Photoshopped on the Cover of Adweek



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A couple of days ago 39-year-old Scandal actress Kerry Washington was revealed as the cover star of the latest issue of ADWEEK magazine and we all loved the cover.

So why did they photoshop her?

Some of her fans noticed that she looked different on the cover and were quick to let her know.

She reacted in a lengthy post on Instagram. See it below.

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.”

James Cooper, the editorial director of Adweek, released a statement saying: “Kerry Washington is a class act. We are honored to have her grace our pages. To clarify, we made minimal adjustments, solely for the cover’s design needs. We meant no disrespect, quite the opposite. We are glad she is enthusiastic about the piece and appreciate her honest comments.”


  1. ATL's finest

    April 6, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Here we go again with these messy boots! I can’t deal with this love triangles either. I really don’t know what to call them all. From Tyga dating one of the J’s & Rob dating Chyna smh.

    • Tina

      April 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

      @ATL’s finest, why don’t you focus on your life instead of revolving it around celebrities that don’t know you exist.

    • Kosi

      April 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Oh no you didn’t just diss ATL’s finest!

  2. Tosin

    April 6, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I have an idea from a technical/math standpoint what a filter must be, but I don’t even know what one is. Everybody wants to look like __ who exactly?
    Mature of her to not care.

  3. Queen Bee

    April 6, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This is not little adjustment, her skin tone is totally different and too filtered. She looks a lot brighter and too much glow. Good she appreciates her real self which most of us dont.

  4. Apples

    April 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I like the fact that she was diplomatic about it not razz!!

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