The always fashionable Kerry Washington has done many magazine pictorials and is aware that image retouching is part of the industry. When Washington’s Adweek cover came out though, she was shock at the final edit, and couldn’t recognize herself in the photo.
The Scandal star typed a lengthy post on her Instagram account, stating that she couldn’t stay silent about how her cover came out, and that she doesn’t feel right about praising it. Washington posted the Adweek cover on her Instagram page, where she is sitting down with her legs crossed, dressed in a striped black and white gown, and has her hair slicked back.
While the Adweek cover show smoothed out any lines on Kerry Washington, it is obvious that they altered her skin tone and made it lighter. The retouched image also gives Washington fuller lips, and her hairline appears lower, which reduces her forehead size.
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.”
Washington also pointed out on Instagram that her Adweek interview left out a few important points that Washington felt should have made the final print. The 39-year-old actress felt disappointed that her mention of a good professional support team was cut out of the interview.
After Washington posted to her Instagram page, fans showed their support for her, along with their disappointment that Washington’s Adweek cover looked nothing like the actress in real life. Washington did leave a message that thanked her fans for their support.
While Washington is not happy with how she’s portrayed on the cover, she did promote the latest Adweek issue and encouraged the public to buy and read it. She has stated that she’s still a fan of the publication, which is why she waited a day before she publicly said something about the photoshopped image.
The editorial director for Adweek, James Cooper, did admit in a statement that Kerry Washington’s cover did receive a retouching treatment, but only minimally, as reported by ABC News.
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.”
Cooper also left a statement on his Twitter account, stating that Adweek altered Washington’s hair to add more volume for a more dramatic effect. He made no other comment that addressed her lighter skin tone.
Happy @kerrywashington was proud of her Adweek profile, sad cover misses for her. Added volume to hair for dramatic effect. No disrespect.— Jim Cooper (@jcoopernyc) April 6, 2016
In the latest Adweek issue, Kerry Washington talks about how Scandal opened up more doors for her. Many brands and political causes have signed Washington to be a spokeswoman like Apple Music, Neutrogena, and the presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton.
Confirmation premieres on the HBO channel on April 16. Kerry Washington’s interview with Adweek came out in print on April 4.
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