Kerry Washington Poses for Marie Claire UK

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Fresh on the heels of the 4th Season finale of and 5th season renewal her hit ABC show Scandal, Kerry Washington is serving up some goddess-like face on the June 2015 cover of the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine.

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Here’s some highlights from her interview with Girls star Lena Durham:

On fashion and preparing for the red carpet:

 I read some article about another actress who was my type – you know, meaning African-American – and she was doing a movie I really wanted to do that I didn’t even get to audition for. We were at similar places in our careers, but she was a killer on the red carpet – she was a model who became an actress, and so she really understood fashion. I didn’t play the red-carpet game at all. If I had a premiere, I wore something because I had to, but I didn’t understand that this was an opportunity to have a moment, to make a statement, to create art. In that moment, I was like, ‘If I want to remain a competitor and have access to tell the stories I want to tell, I don’t want to lose out because I’m not able to function in this area.’ So I started learning as much as I could about fashion. I called some girlfriends of mine like Tracee Ellis Ross [US actress/TV host and daughter of Diana Ross]. She grew up in the best closet in history.
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On her political views, particularly addressing Michael Brown’s funeral at the 2014 Emmy’s red carpet:
I didn’t know if I could show up that day [at the Emmys]. Like I made the mistake of watching the funeral services. I probably should have recorded them and watched them later, to be able to compartmentalise, but I couldn’t. So I felt like I had to say something – I’m not good at not being authentic any more. I used to be much better at it in my life. The ability to not be authentic and to shove our true selves into a deep, tiny corner to make everybody else comfortable is, sadly, a very female trait. And I’ve worked at trying to let it go, because it’s given me a lot of trouble in my life. Not only do I not connect with myself, but I don’t connect with the world, and it leaves me vulnerable to people and places and situations.
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On what she wants her one year old daughter, Isabelle Amarachi to know as she grows up:

I just want her to know that she’s heard. I feel like that’s what we all want. When I think about any of the missteps I’ve made in my life, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.

Amen, Kerry.

 

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