It was only yesterday that Amy Schumer spoke out about about being featured in Glamour‘s plus-size issue, thus creating the first real magazine controversy of April 2016. She was upset because she thought it would send the wrong message that she was considered plus size at a size 6 or 8. Now, there is another magazine issue. Kerry Washington is calling out AdWeek for Photoshopping her on the latest cover.
Kerry took to Instagram to express her concerns about the cover. In the lengthy and honest post, Kerry acknowledges that we may be a society of photo adjusters (hello filters) and that she is a fan of AdWeek. However, she felt the need to discuss the cover image because it did not look like her. Take a look at the full post and 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
Well said, Kerry, well said.
Kerry does have a point about the cover. There is something different about her face that other people besides her will definitely notice. It’s difficult to pinpoint what precisely it is, but it doesn’t look like the Kerry we know and love on the red carpet.
In the post, Kerry did state that she was pleased with other photos in the magazine shoot as well as the interview, save for a few bits that were left out. She also still encouraged fans to grab it and read it.
AdWeek editorial director Jim Cooper responded to Kerry Washington’s comments on Twitter, expressing his disappointment that Kerry wasn’t pleased with the cover and attributed the altered image to volume added to her hair.
Happy @kerrywashington was proud of her Adweek profile, sad cover misses for her. Added volume to hair for dramatic effect. No disrespect.
— Jim Cooper (@jcoopernyc) April 6, 2016
This is not the first time that one of Kerry’s magazine covers has generated controversy over the amount of Photoshopping. Last year, many were upset with her InStyle cover because her skin appeared dramatically lighter. In 2013, her Lucky magazine cover was widely criticized for making her look very different.
Kerry is a celebrity who speaks out about important issues and can do it in a very effective way. It’s great to see that she was able to acknowledge the Photoshopping issue in an honest way while still keep a positive tone, and that she was able to open up a discussion about it. Here’s hoping that she will be able to discuss her next magazine cover without having any Photoshop issues to deal with.
(Photo: Instagram/KerryWashington via AdWeek)