Kerry Washington Is Nearly Unrecognizable On The Cover Of ‘Lucky’

November 11, 2013  |  

2013 has certainly been one of the greatest years in Kerry Washington’s career. The newly married beauty seems to have graced the cover of just about every women’s interest magazine. But that certainly won’t stop folks from snatching up the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Lucky—because honestly, people just can get enough of her (us included).

What may serve as a deterrent from purchasing a copy, however, is the cover. You see, people seem to be pretty upset about the image of Kerry that Lucky editors selected for the cover. And we can kind of see why, because honestly, Kerry doesn’t really look like herself. For one, the makeup and the lighting for the shoot appear to have distorted some of the Scandal actress’s distinct features. Then, there’s the retouching. People aren’t too thrilled about the hair or the pose either. Most have chalked the awkward looking cover shot up to Lucky‘s “inexperience” with photographing Black subjects.

“Suspect whoever shot and retouched Kerry Washington for Lucky Magazine isn’t used to lighting or working with a black model,” wrote on tweeter.

“The crapness of this Kerry WashingtonLucky magazine cover is startling and baffling. It has upset my spirit, wrote another.

We’ll probably never know if Kerry is actually happy with the cover or not. Not long after Lucky unveiled the new cover on Twitter, Kerry made it her profile image.

Of course, we still love Kerry all the same.

What do you think of the cover shot? Are people overreacting?

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  • GymJunkie43

    I don’t think it’s a bad cover. It just shows that the makeup artist doesn’t know how to “beat” a black woman The makeup is sitting on Kerry’s face instead of blending. I’ll still buy the magazine. Only way to see more ethnicity is to support.

  • Estelle

    This isn’t a flattering picture and Kerry Washington is a beautiful actress. I’m not sure if it’s bad editing, shooting, the pose or just the whole thing all together…but I can agree that this doesn’t do her justice. It doesn’t negate the fact that she has brought more african american visibility to television and media. I respect her for that!

  • lisa

    Kerry is a dark skinned black sister. Not the light skin version she be sporting around for a few years. Hell I recognized her right away. she had bleached her skin so maybe now since she is going to have a baby, she probably can not use the products or treatments to keep he light complexion. So she turns back dark till that baby comes out her body. Then she will go back to bleaching her skin.

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      go home lisa. You’re drunk.

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  • sasha

    What, she looks like a used-up leathery 40-something yt lady like tan mom, not a beautiful 30something blk lady with a lovely brown complexion. SMH!

  • word

    and this is the dark side of editing……this doesn’t look like kerry..this looks tired and old, when kerry is one of the prettiest fresh face ladies in hollywood.

  • hollyw

    Well, well, well… they really gave her the white treatment, didn’t they??
    …and why does she look Asian?!?

  • Guest

    She looks different but clearly its her.

  • missss

    You would have to tell me its her shes not really recognizable and im a big fan of her. Shes beautiful. It looks like they just told her to do what Lady Gaga did on the Glamorous cover, really. Its just not a good picture but shes still beautiful.

  • Gigi

    What the what????

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