Actress Kerry Washington was recently featured on the cover of Adweek magazine’s April issue and says she was “taken aback” when she saw that her image on the cover was so extremely photoshopped she barely recognized herslf. Washington says, though she was honored by being chosen for the AdWeek cover, “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.”
Addressing the issue in an Instagram post, Kerry didn’t mention specifically what part of the editing bothered her the most, however it’s pretty easy to see her complexion was greatly lightened by the magazine’s graphic department. “My big complaint was that it felt altered — in general,” she said of the image. “It wasn’t that there was something specific. It was the feeling of looking at something and knowing that it had been altered,” Kerry said on The Today Show.
Read Kerry’s Instagram post below and give your opinion. Is this a simple case of over editing or is it part of a regular practice of making prominent black figures look less black in major publications?
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