Even Kerry Washington Can’t Recognize Her Photoshopped Self on This ‘Adweek’ Cover

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Respect is given where respect is due.

Someone might need to call a crisis manager of their own.

Just hours after Kerry Washington’s latest cover and interview with Adweek was released, the Scandal star took to her Instagram to voice her disapproval of how she was presented on the front of the trade publication. Though she was “proud of the article” and pleased with some of the images in the accompanying spread, she did not appreciate how her cover was heavily altered to a point beyond recognition.

“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,” she began. “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?!?” she explained. “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.”

The 39-year-old also noted that some parts of the interview she would’ve liked featured were omitted from the final draft.

“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 wrote. “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.”

James Cooper, the editorial director of Adweek, later released a statement about Washington’s cover, reading:

“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.”

Kerry Washington Adweek photoshop
CREDIT: Adweek