Kerry Washington took to Instagram on Wednesday to show appreciation for her recent Adweek cover — and to address the photoshopping she says made it hard to recognize herself.
“So…You know me,” she began in a post put up Tuesday evening. “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.”
She continued that while she has come to expect photoshopping, this particular cover took things too far. “Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot,” she wrote. “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.”
Taking a different tone from the usual angry celebrity social rant, Washington added, “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.”
Adweek’s editorial director Jim Cooper responded on Twitter, writing that the publication, “added volume to hair for dramatic effect. No disrespect.”
Happy @kerrywashington was proud of her Adweek profile, sad cover misses for her. Added volume to hair for dramatic effect. No disrespect.
— James Cooper (@jcoopernyc) April 6, 2016