Kerry Washington Admits She Was ‘Taken Aback’ By Photoshopped Cover

Scandal star Kerry Washington is dealing with a bit of a scandal herself when it comes the cover of the latest issue of Adweek, on which she appears and is almost unrecognizable due to some artful Photoshopping.

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Although the 39-year-old admits that she “appreciates”; the publication and says “it’s an honour and a privilege”; to be featured in the magazine, she admits that she was “taken aback by the cover”; in a lengthy post on Instagram.

Washington goes on to explain that she doesn’t recognize the woman on the cover as herself, and even though she’s “no stranger to Photoshopping,”; it just made her feel “weary”; to see the image. 

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Adweek’s editorial director Jim Cooper tweeted a “no disrespect”; comment, saying:

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsCooper also issued a statement on behalf of Adweek, explaining that only “minimal adjustments”; were made to the cover based on its “design needs, and meant no disrespect: “Kerry Washington is a class act,”; says Cooper. “We are honoured 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.”; Check out the cover image and read Washington’s full statement 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   A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:46pm PDT

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