Magazine sort of apologizes for Kerry Washington cover photo

A magazine has sort of apologized after “Scandal” star Kerry Washington said she was “taken aback” by the cover photo it ran of her.

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"I'm no stranger to Photoshopping," Kerry Washington said of this photo, but it left her "feeling weary."

“I’m no stranger to Photoshopping,” Kerry Washington said of this photo, but it left her “feeling weary.”

Washington, who appears soon as Anita Hill in HBO’s “Confirmation,” which was filmed in Atlanta, said she was proud of the article that Adweek ran, and liked the inside photos. It was the overly doctored cover shot that bothered her. Here’s an open message she posted on her public, official Facebook page:

“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.

Here's the full cover photo Adweek ran of Kerry Washington.

Here’s the full cover photo Adweek ran of Kerry Washington.

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.

Kerry Washington said she liked the interior photos Adweek ran better than the cover one, which left her "taken aback."

Kerry Washington said she liked the interior photos Adweek ran better than the cover one, which left her “taken aback.”

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”

Here’s what the magazine’s editorial director posted in response:

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