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Kerry Washington upset with AdWeek's Photoshopped cover

Published 06/04/2016

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Scandal star Kerry Washington posts open letter to magazine bosses who altered her look.

Actress Kerry Washington didn't recognise herself on the cover of U.S. publication AdWeek, because she had been so heavily Photoshopped.

The Scandal star was at the centre of controversy on Monday (04Apr16) after the magazine's TV writer tweeted out the image of Kerry on the cover for the first time. Eagle-eyed fans noticed Kerry looked different than normal, with critics specifically noting a possibly altered forehead and hairline.

On Tuesday (05Apr16), Kerry responded to the accusations with an open letter to the editors of the magazine, admitting she felt uncomfortable with the image used on the cover.

"You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover," she wrote. "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."

A longtime fan of the publication, the actress admitted she was "excited and thrilled" when she was invited to become a cover girl.

But though she is proud of the article and "some of the inside images", Kerry admits she was "taken aback by the cover," adding, "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."

"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.

But she is prepared to give the magazine editors a pass, stating, "You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article."

However, she concludes her post by scolding the magazine bosses for leaving out "a few things we discussed in the interview", adding they were things "that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team)."

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