Kerry Washington is no stranger to covering magazines, and, like all of us, enjoys a good filter here and there. Her new Adweek cover, though, features way more than a little filtering, and Kerry took to Instagram to call it out.
In a caption accompanying the cover, Kerry writes how honored she was to be asked to grace the pages of Adweek and how excited she was for the cover. She continues:
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.
Recently, Lena Dunham and Zendaya also shared their disappointment in seeing heavily retouched photos of themselves — Lena, like Kerry, emphasized how off-putting it was to see a photo of "herself" and not be able to recognize her own body.
Though it is unfortunate that magazines feel the need to alter women's bodies, we're lucky to have women like Kerry who are vocal about their disapproval and disappointment and call them out on it.