Kerry Washington Says She Was Photoshopped On Magazine Cover: 'I Was Taken Aback'
Kerry Washington is accusing Adweek of Photoshopping her on their recent magazine cover.
Some say the photo has been altered so much that it makes her look like fellow actress Scarlett Johansson.
"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," the actress wrote on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon.
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
This is not the first time she's been Photoshopped. On an InStyle magazine cover in 2013, her skin appeared to have been lightened.
In her Instagram post, Washington wrote: "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?!?"
Adweek says the only alteration was to the actress’ hair to give it a little extra volume
Jim Cooper, the editorial director for Adweek, responded to Washington’s comments in a tweet.
Happy @kerrywashington was proud of her Adweek profile, sad cover misses for her. Added volume to hair for dramatic effect. No disrespect.— Jim Cooper (@jcoopernyc) April 6, 2016