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Kerry Washington Gracefully Calls Out Adweek for Photoshopped Cover

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It comes as no surprise when celebrity photos are touched up with a bit of Photoshopping. But in Kerry Washington's opinion, Adweek went a little too far with her cover photo for their latest issue. And the actress wasted no time addressing it.


Washington released a statement on Instagram yesterday thanking Adweek for the opportunity to appear on the cover, but made it clear that she was "taken aback" by the retouched photo:

"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."

And that wasn't the only issue the "Scandal" star had with her feature in the publication. In the same Instagram post, she noted that some important points were cut from her interview:

"I'm very proud of the article," she wrote in the post. "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."

She then encouraged fans to pick up a copy of the weekly magazine nonetheless.

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

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In response to Washington's statement, Adweek's editorial director Jim Cooper issued a statement, as reported by Fashionista, saying: "Kerry Washington is a class act. We are honored to have her grace our pages. To clarify, we made minimal adjustments, solely for the cover's design needs. We meant no disrespect, quite the opposite. We are glad she is enthusiastic about the piece and appreciate her honest comments."

Cooper later sent out a tweet suggesting that only Washington's hair was adjusted, and no disrespect was intended:

This isn't the first time the 39-year-old actress has dealt with problematic Photoshopping. Back in 2013, Lucky Magazine was accused of making Washington "look unrecognizable" on their December/January cover. And InStyle magazine also raised a couple of eyebrows last year when the publication was accused of lightening her skin, which Washington also addressed gracefully:

What do you think of Adweek's cover? Did the publication go too far? Let us know in the comments below.

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