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Kerry Washington: The Queen of Classy Clap Backs

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Apr 06, 2016
Kerry Washington: The Queen of Classy Clap Backs


Kerry Washington, queen of poise and grace spoke out about her recent cover on AdWeek in regards to the Photoshopping that was done to her cover photo. Take a look below at the classiest of clap backs.

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

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on


Zendaya, Lady Gaga, Lorde, and many other influential celebs have all slammed magazines about using heavily Photoshopped images, but apparently the magazine biz as a whole isn’t taking this issue seriously. The sad part is that these celebs are all so stunningly beautiful, that this seems like a moot point in the first place.

Another big boo-boo for AdWeek was Washington’s mention of the things left out of the interview that were important to her. Her AdWeek article was great, but if there is something that an interviewee deems important, it better be included.

The real issue here for me, though, was AdWeek’s reaction to Washington’s thoughtfully crafted comment. Jim Cooper, editorial director of AdWeek, tweeted a half-hearted response.

Twitter @jcoopernyc
Twitter @jcoopernyc

AdWeek pretty much said- sorry we’re not at all sorry, BUT no disrespect K. Wash! If you have to say “no disrespect” chances are you did something a little shady.

At the end of the day, Kerry Washington is a beautiful soul inside and out, and no magazine cover can change that.