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Kerry Washington on Altered AdWeek Cover: It’s ‘So Different Than What I Look Like’

Whether in politics or celebrity news, irresponsible use of Photoshop will always get you in trouble.

AdWeek learned that the hard way last night when Kerry Washington politely but firmly took the magazine to task for altering her appearance for their April 4 cover in a way that she found very dramatic.

So… You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication…

Posted by Kerry Washington on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

She wrote that she loves the magazine, liked some of the photos they chose to accompany her feature with in its page, and even understands the need for image alteration in contemporary media, but that the way she appeared on the cover was too different from her normal appearance:

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.

While some magazines have been celebrating diverse models on their covers, Washington has faced the issue of excessive retouching twice before. In 2013, Lucky Magazine did so much photo editing on her face that she was unrecognizable. Last year, InStyle came under fire for lightening her skin noticeably on their cover.

Here is how she really looks:

You can read my @adweek cover story online here ?? http://adweek.it/1UOhJce

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on

That image, at least, is featured in AdWeek.

[image via screengrab]

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