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Kerry Washington criticizes Adweek for Photoshopping her on magazine cover


By Minda Smiley, Reporter

April 6, 2016 | 3 min read

Scandal star Kerry Washington has called out Adweek for posting a photoshopped picture of her on the cover of its latest issue.

On April 5, Washington posted a picture of the magazine cover to her Instagram along with a lengthy caption that details why she was “taken aback” by the cover, which features the star in a black and white gown.

“Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping,” she wrote. “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.”

However, she noted that she is “proud of the article” that Adweek wrote about her and that she likes some of the other images inside “a great deal.”

On Twitter, Adweek’s editorial director Jim Cooper responded by saying that he meant “no disrespect” to the actress:

According to USA Today, Cooper also released a statement in response to Washington’s Instagram 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,” he said.

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