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Kerry Washington Reacts to Being Photoshopped on 'Adweek'

Kerry Washington Reacts to Being Photoshopped on 'Adweek'

Kerry Washington is speaking out after she was photoshopped on the cover of Adweek‘s latest issue to a point where she was unrecognizable.

“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,” the 39-year-old Scandal actress wrote on Instagram. “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,” Kerry added. “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,” she continued.

Click inside to read the rest of Kerry Washington’s open letter + Adweek’s response…

“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.”

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  • John

    Classy response. ADWEEK should feel like crap.

    She’s a gorgeous woman, so I don’t get the constant photoshopping that’s done to her covers.

  • Gina

    Her face looks SO different in that picture, they actually made her less attractive.

  • la petite bonnieux

    It’s ridiculous

  • la petite bonnieux

    It’s ridiculous

  • dalovelee

    Is it photoshopping or bad lighting and hair?

  • dalovelee

    Is it photoshopping or bad lighting and hair?

  • dalovelee

    Is it photoshopping or bad lighting and hair?

  • Lylian

    Well Said Kerry Washington.

  • lady j

    all of the above. “lightening” specifically. i just shot the hrc campaign ad in which she was featured a month ago and she does not look like that.

  • Kaitlyn


    The setup and framing are great but the hair and lighting are awful. So, rather than getting Internet-upset over “photoshop being used to mask beauty”, maybe it’s simply a case of them trying to recover a bad photo.

    And seriously. If anyone should be called out for making her unrecognizable then it is the person who did her hair. When has she ever had hair like that? It’s awful.

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  • sydney jane

    For all these women who complain about being photoshopped, then why do you even bother to put on all the makeup that you wear – foundation to even skin tone or hide imperfections, lipstick to plump up the lips, mascara to enhance eye lashes. Let’s face it, no one looks the same on a magazine cover as they look when they look in the mirror. Other than the picture being a bit light, I knew right away it was Kerry. And, as for the lighting, they lighten the complexion for Caucasian actresses, too. Bright lights will do that.

  • Wickbaby

    Bad lighting and hair—it’s like a friggin’ helmet on her head…I’ll never understand how folks take a photo of a beautiful person and screw it up.

  • Adía

    Hmm I barely notice any differences