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Kerry Washington Addresses Photoshopping in Telling Instagram Post

After Adweek noticeably altered her appearance in the new April cover, actress Kerry Washington called attention to the magazine's Photoshop job and society's lack of transparency when it comes to beauty.

In a new Instagram post, the actress called out Adweek magazine, which features a noticeably lighter Washington on the cover of their April 4 issue. The "Scandal" star admitted that she was completely "taken aback by the cover."

 

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

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"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."

To Washington's point, she has endured her fair share of Photoshop blunders and has spoken out about it in the past. She was heavily Photoshopped for the December/January 2014 Lucky magazine cover and again when she appeared on the cover on the March 2015 issue of InStyle.

Although the actress was not a fan of the magazine's cover, she expressed praise and thanks for getting the opportunity to be featured in the magazine.

"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."

At the end of the post, she encouraged fans to support Adweek and pick up a copy of their April issue.

In response Adweek's editorial director James Cooper fired back. In a statement obtained by USA Today, Cooper praised the actress and alluded to the magazine's decision to Photoshop the actress for their cover.

"Kerry Washington is a class act," Cooper said in a statement. "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 at the actress when he stated that the changes were never meant to be offensive.