Scandal star Kerry Washington strikes a fearless fashion pose for her cover spread in Net-A-Porter’s fashion weekly The Edit. For the cover, the actress sports a slick-backed low ponytail and mauve lip while draped in a ruffled crepe dress by Magda Butrym and rocks a series of asymmetrical and statement pieces for the rest of the chic spread.
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Inside, she talks women empowerment, the changing landscape of television and being fearless.
On diversity in television:
“I was exhausted from doing interviews about being the first black woman on TV [in a dramatic series lead] in 40 years,” said Kerry, laughing, “and now it’s not even a thing. This is just what TV looks like; it looks like all of us. That isn’t to say that black women are all of us – I mean, now Priyanka Chopra has a show [Quantico] and there’s [Asian-American comedy] Fresh Off the Boat. It really is becoming more inclusive.”
She also shared her biggest takeaway from her hit character Olivia Pope:
“We will not fail. We will not go down. We will fight the fight. There’s always a solution.” She paused, letting the words penetrate. “Saying those words, week after week, they’ve sapped into my bloodstream. Now I feel that way. I wake up, I have a house full of kids and pets, a new production company, I’m number one on the call sheet, and I think: ‘I will not go down. There’s always another way.’”
Click through for more looks from the polished shoot styled by Tracy Taylor.