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Washington: There was always a prettier girl

Kerry Washington says she learned to be smart and funny because she never thought she was pretty.

The Scandal star is widely considered to be one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood. But she admits she grew up feeling very insecure about her appearance, and tried to find other traits to make herself more attractive to others.

"I didn't grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me,” Kerry told America’s Marie Claire magazine. “So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that's what I had."

Kerry is known for rarely putting a foot wrong when it comes to her fashion choices, regularly featuring on best-dressed lists all over the world. But the 38-year-old told the publication it took some time for her to learn how to dress herself.

"I just put myself in a boot camp of figuring it out – and realised that I really loved it,” Kerry said. “I guess because I came to it later in life, I realised, 'Oh, going to a fashion show is like going to the opening of Degas at the Met or going to see Swan Lake.'"

As well as her professional commitments, Kerry is kept busy in her personal life thanks to daughter Isabelle – her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

When it comes to raising her little girl, who turns one next month, Kerry has some specific ideas that she wants her to grow up knowing.

"I just want [daughter Isabelle] to know that she's heard,” she said. “Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I've made, all of which I'm grateful for, it's because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn't or wouldn't be. I see you, I hear you, I'm with you as you are."

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