By: Zeba Blay
Kerry Washington is on the April 4 cover of Adweek, but you may not recognize her when you see it. The "Scandal" actress looks completely unlike herself on the cover of the media magazine, with her skin tone a shade or two lighter and her face clearly photoshopped beyond recognition.
Washington posted a respectful but frank response to the cover on Instagram Tuesday, writing that she was "taken aback" by the cover, and that the obvious photoshopping made her feel "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," Washington wrote. "It's an unfortunate feeling."
James Cooper, Adweek's editorial director, released a statement in response to Washington's post:
"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 also tweeted about Washington's photoshopping claims:
Washington is no stranger to calling out photoshopped images of herself. In February, she took InStyle magazine to task for allegedly lightening her skin tone for its March issue. But despite being disappointed with the Adweek cover, Washington was keen to emphasize the fact that she was excited to work with the magazine and that she's proud of the article.
"I love Adweek. It's a publication I appreciate. And learn from."
Leave it to Kerry Washington to call out photoshopping in the classiest way imaginable. Bravo.