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Kerry Washington says she didn't recognize herself in Photoshopped AdWeek cover

It’s not exactly a “Scandal,” but Kerry Washington said she was “taken aback” by how much her cover photo on AdWeek magazine was altered.

“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,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post Tuesday about the photo. “It's an unfortunate feeling.”

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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At the same time, Washington stressed that she still feels “very proud” about the article featured in the magazine and considered it to a be “privilege” to be interviewed by a publication she respects.

“It’s an honor,” she said.

Washington explained her latest cover look was not the first time her image has been altered.

“Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot,” she said. “In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters — who doesn't love a filter?!?”

She said she doesn’t always “take these adjustments to task” but brings it up as part of “a valuable conversation.”

James Cooper, AdWeek's editorial director, responded to Washington's concern in a tweet. He admitted the photo was altered, but only to add volume to her hair for "dramatic effect."

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