In December we learned Kerry Washington was launching a nail collection with OPI but now all the fun details of the 15-shade set are finally coming to light, like the fact that one color is named after Kerry’s daughter.
“Nails are at that interesting point where fashion and beauty meet,” Kerry told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). “If I enter that space, it’s important for me to know the landscape and do it in a way that’s authentic and right and true to who I am.”
Part of that authenticity can be seen in the names of the polish shades which are reflective of Kerry and not her famous Scandal character Olivia Pope, although she did name one edgy, dark grey shade “Liv” in the Gray. Other colors include a rich plum named Kerry Blossom, a garnet shade under the moniker We the Female, and “one of Washington’s favorites in the collection, the bright red Madam President,” WWD reported. There’s also a caramel crème shade called Inside the IsabelletWay, named after the actress’s 21 month old.
“I thought long and hard about having my daughter involved, but once I came up with the name, I couldn’t get it out of my head,” she told the site.
Something else Kerry couldn’t get out her head was making sure there were nudes for women of color in the collection. Come August 4, brown girl nail polish lovers will have a range of nude shades to choose, from a light nude called Pale to the Chief, to a chocolate brown shade denoted Speaker of the House, and the tawny copper Yank My Doodle.
“For me, growing up, when people were saying ‘nude,’ they weren’t talking about my naked skin tone. I made sure that in my collection, we had nudes that also represent me.”
At a price point of $10 each, we have a feeling some of you are going to own every color in the collection come this Summer.