Sammy Nickalls
April 06, 2016 6:43 am

Kerry Washington is no stranger to Photoshopping problems. In February of 2015, for example, InStyle was accused of lightening her skin tone. (The magazine said it did not lighten her skin for the cover.) And although her latest cover for Adweek looks beautiful, it just doesn’t look like the Kerry Washington we all know and love — who is stunningly beautiful sans Photoshop. That’s exactly why Kerry took to Instagram to post a “both celebratory and honest” statement about her thoughts on the cover.

Kerry wrote that it’s an “honor” and a “privilege” to be on the cover of a magazine and noted that Adweek is “no exception.” But even so, she was surprised when the magazine came out. “When they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled,” she wrote in the caption of her cover shoot. “And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. . . But I have to be honest. . . I was taken aback by the cover.”

And we are, too. The image, while aesthetically stunning, looks very different from her and that’s exactly what Kerry highlighted:

However, Kerry mentioned that, although she’s disappointed by the cover, she’s “proud” of the article, and she encourages her fans to grab this week’s Adweek and check it out for themselves. “Thank you for being patient and honest with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest,” she concluded.

With that, we can empathize. After all, being featured in a magazine is exciting and enthralling, and we can totally understand Kerry being excited about the honor while also highlighting unrealistic body ideals that are encouraged with heavy Photoshopping.

Of course, Kerry isn’t the only one who has talked openly about being Photoshopped. In fact, Lena Dunham said just last month that she may no longer pose for magazine covers due to the possibility of being retouched.

“Not done with getting my picture taken (once an insufferable ham, always an insufferable ham) but done with allowing images that retouch and reconfigure my face and body to be released into the world,” she explained in her piece for Lenny Letter, “Retouched by an Angel.” “The gap between what I believe and what I allow to be done to my image has to close now. If that means no more fashion-magazine covers, so be it. I respect the people who create those magazines and the job they have to do. I thank them for letting me make a few appearances and for making me feel gorgeous along the way. But I bid farewell to an era when my body was fair game.” Kerry’s sentiment that she feels “weary” seems to echo what Lena is saying as well.

We give props to Kerry Washington for being real, honest, and fabulous — as she always is.

Update 4/12/16, 10:45EST: This post was updated to clarify Kerry Washington’s photo was not lightened on InStyle‘s cover.

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