[Close-Up] Kerry Washington x ‘Marie Claire’ Power Issue

Kerry Washington X Marie Claire

Kerry Washington is beauty goals for Marie Claire’s November ‘Power’ issue. While many are still experiencing Scandal-withdrawal, Kerry shows she is ready for next “act” while serving up a bronzed beat and textured tresses coiffed by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew. 

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Inside, the beauty talks life outside of Olivia Pope, motherhood returning to theatre and telling new stories via her production company Simpson Street.


Kerry Washington X Marie Claire
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside

On power:

Honestly, I think about power as more of an internal phenomenon. I tend to think about empowerment for myself so that I have the courage and ability to act on the ideologies and priorities that resonate with me. I’ve always wanted to cultivate a sense of empowerment within myself without seeking approval from outside sources, which is hard to do as an actor, which is part of why producing is so important and which is where some of my freedom, or learning, to take that sense of freedom and bring it to a larger audience and larger space has a lot to do with having my employer be a black woman. Right?

Kerry Washington X Marie Claire
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside

On ‘”Olivia”:

I didn’t feel like I had to twist myself into some other understanding of what black womanness is supposed to look like, because Shonda [Rhimes, Scandal creator and showrunner] got me, and so I could get closer and closer to my truth because I wasn’t worried about going to work on Monday and somebody being like, ‘Why would you talk about that?’ Just her existence and working with her so intimately changed the idea of what power looked like in this business.

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