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

Washington said she "just felt weary" when she saw the AdWeek cover photo.
/ Source: TODAY

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.”

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."