Ya’ll know my love for Kerry Washington is so real, but why did I think this was actress Sanaa Lathan when I first saw this picture? It’s a combination of bad lighting and a complete photoshop fail! Don’t blame Kerry because this is all InStyle magazine’s fault. No way should they have approved this picture!
After receiving tons of backlash about the cover, Instyle weekly released a statement saying,“We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened. While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern. We understand that this has resulted in disappointment and hurt. We are listening, and the feedback has been valuable. We are committed to ensuring that this experience has a positive influence on the ways in which we present all women going forward.”
Kerry Washington responded to their statement by saying,“Beautiful statement. Thank u 4 opening this convo. Its an important 1 that needs to be had.”
In the issue, find out what Kerry had to say about Olivia Pope’s style, how she got her post baby body and mothers feeling guilty about working.
On how her personal style varies from Scandal‘s Olivia Pope:
“Red-Carpet Kerry wears a lot more color and pattern than Olivia does. She makes bold choices. When I was pregnant, I showed up a the SAG awards in a bare-midriff gown by Prada. I knew some people were going to hate it, but I thought it was super cute and really fun. Olivia, meanwhile, sticks to a more neutral palette in pastels by designers like Dior, Ferragamo, and Escada. But Olivia’s had a huge influence. After the first couple of episodes aired, people started posting on Twitter things like “I have a job interview today, and I’m trying to dress like Olivia Pope.”
On working mothers feeling guilty:
“Women use this ‘guilt’ word a lot, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. I know why it’s the word that keeps coming up, but I can’t co-sign on it yet. There has got to be a better way. You can’t be all things to all people all the time. You have to experience your humanity, you have to know you are a limited vessel, and you can only do so much.”
On her post-baby fitness tricks:
“Pilates, Tracy Anderson pregnancy DVDs, hiking, the elliptical machine and yoga.”