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Kerry Washington is radically tight-lipped about her personal life. She didn’t tell us when she got married. She didn’t tell us when she was expecting her first child. Hell, her baby girl just turned two and we have yet to see her. The actress’ life beyond the big and small screens has been off limits to the public for quite some time now; however, in a rare discussion for Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sessions,” the wife and mom decided to open up.
According to the 39-year-old, prior to accepting her role on “Scandal,” she wasn’t the well-put-together woman you see before you today.
“There was a period before ‘Scandal’ when I went into the wilderness. And, for me, what that meant was there was a lot of toxicity in my life — people I needed to let go of in a personal way, in a business way. And, also, I felt like I had been living my career kind of on auto-pilot.”
To gain some perspective, Washington says that she stepped back from the spotlight and accepted a role in a Broadway play. Her decision came with its own set of challenges, but in the end, she believes that it was all for the best.
“I took a break and did a Broadway play. I went back to my roots as an artist. Now, doing Broadway isn’t going to make you rich. I actually think that it cost me money to do Broadway. But it was my return to my artistic essence—a conversation between audience and artist,” she explained. “I let go of a lot of people and a lot of things. I experienced a lot of loss, professionally. I had, for example, companies that I was working with on an endorsement level that walked away from me because … not everybody thinks Broadway is ‘sexy.’”
“Going into the wilderness’ really meant stripping myself of a lot of unnecessary weight in my life. The ritual of doing theater, I thought of it as going into a monastery, because you do the same thing eight times a week, in the same place, you say the same words with the same props. It is a ritual that you commit to. I just wanted to, in a monk-like way, commit to that ritual and let it teach me about myself and let myself unfold.”
During this period, Washington shared that many things changed in her private life as well.
“My personal life changed a great deal,” said the actress, who is reportedly expecting her second child. “I allowed myself to be open to change… I don’t talk about my personal life very often, but that’s true.”
She concluded by saying that taking this break prepared her for “Scandal.”
“Going into the wilderness made me ready — as an artist, as a person, as a businesswoman — to receive ‘Scandal.'”
Watch a clip from Kerry’s interview below.
H/t Huffington Post
When it comes to mother-daughter relationships, everyone is different, but there’s no denying that many us of took small things from that bond and have used it in our own lives and even with our children.
Case in point, actress and beauty ambassador Kerry Washington shared with ESSENCE in an interview that the “one thing she took away from her childhood is her mother’s attention to self-care.” Although Washington didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth and wasn’t exactly the glamour girl we see on the red carpet today, weekly manicures with her mom made her feel both empowered and special.
“My mom is a retired professor who has a timeless elegance about her,” Washington said. “She’s not into trends, but she always looked great. Growing up she always received a weekly manicure, and when I got old enough we did it together.”
So when it comes to her own daughter, Isabelle, Washington hopes that she’ll pass on to her the beauty lesson of leading by example: “I hope I do what my mom did, she didn’t instruct, she lived by example. Actions are more powerful that what you say. And, [watching my mom] gave me room to discover my own path. I want my daughter to find her own path, but what’s more important is her relationship with self. Knowing that she feels good and deserves to take the time and invest in herself and not worry about other think about her is important to me.”
We totally agree Kerry! And ladies, if you’re still stumped on a Mother’s Day gift, why not treat the lady who loves you most to a nice manicure/pedicure and some quality time?
It seemed that it was just a couple of days ago, rumors of a breakup between Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha were swirling about the internet. And while Kerry said a part of her not speaking about her personal life also includes not addressing rumors, this latest bit of news might be all the confirmation we need.
There were several who felt that Washington’s body this past weekend at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner seemed to support today’s report. Personally, she does look a bit fuller than usual; but if the news weren’t out here today, I don’t think I would have taken note.
U.S. Weekly who says they can confirm the news noticed signs of a baby bump even last week at a United Way of Greater Los Angeles Women’s Summit red carpet.
This is baby number two for Asomugha, 34, and Washington, 39, after they welcomed their daughter
Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha into the world on April 21, 2014. As you know, the couple has managed to keep her out of the public eye for two years; an impressive feat, still, we’re dying to see that little one.
Maybe she and Nnamdi will be a bit more lax with the second one. Lol. One can hope.
Either way, congratulations to Kerry and Nnamdi!
Digital manipulation is so commonplace and pervasive these days that sometimes we don’t even recognize when images have been altered. But that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to women. Our bodies are constantly manipulated in order to achieve an impossible, so-called ideal, a standard of beauty that does more body image harm than publications realize. From lightening skin tones to minimizing the gap between thighs, the width of hips and fullness of curves, it’s safe to say that retouching often goes too far. While it’s nice to see more and more Black women represented on the cover of popular magazines, it’s not so nice to see a distorted image of them. Stunning stars have their pictures altered in ways that make no sense, and when magazines are called out for it, they often apologize. Yet and still, this type of thing keeps happening over and over again. It’s no wonder the following celebrity women and their fans have spoken out about their Photoshopped images in magazines.
As women of color, we all have fallen victim to the issue of beauty brands lacking shades for darker skin tones.
However, Neutrogena is diversifying their portfolio and listening to customer feedback when it comes to their popular line of foundations. In an effort to fill the void of lack of representation, the brand has decided to launch four new foundation shades to catering to all ethnicities and skin tones, melanin-filled complexions included.
And to announce its new arrival, Neutrogena called on celebrity brand ambassador and creative consultant, Kerry Washington to share the big news. But instead of your normal television commercial or print advertisement, the brand touched its customers directly. Via FaceTime, Washington told different ladies who were disappointed about Neutrogena’s lack of color range the good news.
“I wanted to personally deliver the message of our expansion and how proud I am of it, and it really meant a lot to me in particular when people asked about why Neutrogena would bring me on if there wasn’t foundation for women of color,” Washington told a young lady named Ebony in the video. “I’ve been working really hard on expanding our foundations.”
“When I first started out at Neutrogena, there was not a foundation for me, and there was actually some pushback about that online,” Washington told Refinery 29. “I very purposefully did not address it [then], because I knew that I was about to engage in this labor of love.”
Now, happily sharing the news one customer at a time, Kerry couldn’t be happier. “Inclusivity is a value that is core to my beliefs and a passion of mine,” she told PEOPLE. “So to be able to be hands on making this technology available to everybody and also coming up with lip colors that look good on everybody … There’s no reason why women of all ethnicities should be like ‘Oh, I love this technology but there is no color for me.’”
We had no words when we saw the cover of the latest ADWEEK. Perhaps by now, you’ve seen it too. It features a picture of a woman the publication tells us is Kerry Washington.
Now, Kerry has been featured on many a cover. And while there have been some great hits, there have also been some misses, like the way InStyle lightened her skin or the way Lucky made her look unrecognizable. For the record, while Kerry seemed to like both the Lucky and InStyle covers; though with InStyle, she did agree that a conversation about camera lighting vs. digital skin lightening was an important one that needed to be had.
For one reason or another, Washington has one of those faces that some publications (read: mainstream publications) just don’t know what to do with. And while there have generally been more hits than misses, this ADWEEK was too much to ignore.
Washington issued this very classy statement on her Instagram.
So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX
Like I said, she handled this beautifully. No shade to ADWEEK but someone has to know that this in unacceptable. And as she said, there were other images, inside the book that were quite beautiful and that looked, just like the Kerry we “know.” There was praise with her slight reprimand. Hopefully, the discussion will influence the manipulation of images in the future.
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What do you make of the cover and Kerry’s statement? Why is she so often the victim of these terrible photoshop jobs?
Pop Mom: Kerry Washington Says Though She’s In The Public Eye, Her Personal Life Is Not Your Business
During a recent panel discussion at the SXSW music and film conference called “The New Rules Of Social Stardom,” actress Kerry Washington made it clear, again, that she doesn’t talk about her personal life. That means keeping a tight lip, even when divorce rumors swirl, which they do; and get even louder during awards season when Kerry is often on the red carpet solo. Where is husband Nnamdi, everyone wants to know?
I find myself wondering too because I’m a fan of Scandal and sometimes I think about how her husband feels seeing his wife get it on with two men, white guys at that, each week. I mean, she toned down the sex with Jake, but at one point she had him and the President rotating. Maybe he brushes it off as a part of her job, but we don’t know, and won’t anytime soon.
“If I don’t talk about my personal life, it means I don’t talk about my personal life,” she explained. “That means not only did I not tell you when I was getting married, it also means if somebody has rumors about what’s going on in my marriage, I don’t refute them, because I don’t talk about my personal life.”
Clearly, her rules of social stardom gear towards keeping her private life private, but it’s the opposite of what a lot of today’s celebrity couples are doing. Sooo when it comes to relationship, public or private?
On one hand, you have Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who let it all hang out. You’re going to see them, the dog, the kitchen, everybody kissing. And not to be outdone, we have Ciara and Russell Wilson. I feel like we all knew about their engagement two minutes before it happened.
I was checking it out on instagram getting really caught up in the romance. It starts looking like success in love is all about public display, extreme PDA. But does it mean that it last?
I was thrilled when I learned Tyra Banks was welcoming a baby into her life. She’s been talking about having children for so long and it just seems like she would step into the work of being a mother with a nurturing heart. When she made the announcement via Instagram, posting a picture of her son’s baby cap, of course I wondered when we’d get a chance to see him.
Turns out, we wouldn’t have to wait too long…kind of.
Yesterday, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, she shared an image of she and her son York that featured his profile. We can see just enough to realize that he has his mother’s skin complexion. As a nosy person, who still believes in protecting children, I appreciated the photo.
You know Tyra’s not the only one to keep her baby’s face under wraps for a while. There are times when I forget that Kim and Kanye have a second child because we just haven’t seen li. There was that one picture of his hand grasping another but that’s it.
Kerry Washington’s daughter Isabelle is over a year old and all we’ve seen of her is a bit of her leg and hand as a caregiver was carrying her out of a hotel.
While Blue Ivy is starring in her mother’s music videos now, there was a time when her parents attempted to keep her shielded from the media and the paparazzi and people were quite mad about it.
Perhaps the man most famous for shielding his child from the public view was Michael Jackson. His son, Prince, wasn’t even known by his real name because people only referred to him as “Blanket,” the accessory that he was never seen without.
But it isn’t just celebrities.
Recently, a friend from college had a child not too long ago and for the first month, she didn’t want to show anyone pictures of her child. Which was understandable. Her baby, her life, her choice. But what was particularly annoying was the shots she’d post of the baby’s hands, blankets, toes, bibs. Perhaps I would have found that endearing except for the fact she sent out a nice-nasty message telling her family and close friends to stop asking for pictures of her child. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I mean, naturally people are excited to see your child. And if you weren’t going to share pictures, why tease them with inanimate baby objects? I’m not a parent. So, I don’t know how protective I’ll feel about my child when he or she gets here. But if I don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures of my actual child right away, I won’t be uploading any taunting type images either.
But that’s just me.
For the mothers out there, when you had children, how long did you wait to share and send pictures?
When it comes to hair, one moment a style is in and the next it’s out. Basically, like all elements of head-to-toe fashion, hair is a never-ending cycle, where reinventing old styles for a trendy, ultra-modern update is a must.
Recently, Essence snagged highly sought after celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims to talk all things hair. Primping the manes of many leading ladies in the limelight, Sims is true pro at taking a simple style from zero to red carpet-ready real quick.
The stylist also dished on his favorite trends at the moment, highlighting Kerry Washington’s choppy, mid-length bob to Lupita’s ever-changing natural ‘do. “They’re breaking the general sexy hair barriers and I love it,” he said. “I also am all about texture and embracing your hairs natural movement.”
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For the remainder of red carpet season, Sims is excited to one-up his past styles. “I’m most excited about seeing how creative these women can be in terms of taking risks and being non-traditional in their hair and style as a whole,” he shared. “They’re pressing the envelope and it makes my job even more exciting by helping them create these spontaneous looks.”
In honor of his expert skill set that we all love, we’ve curated a list of four different hairstyles we’re digging and will surely be trending once springtime hits. Ladies, get ready for some hair-spiration!
If I had to highlight one key improvement from my parents’ generation to my own, it would have to be the fact that we’re much more willing to have difficult conversations. After all, we’re the kids who had to ask our parents why O.J. was speeding away from the police in a white Bronco, who was Monica Lewinsky and what was oral sex? Will I be killed going to school? What does Iraq have to do with 9-11? Was that Janet Jackson’s boob?
We were very familiar with scandal long before it was a hit television show. Not to say that those who came before us were innocent. They certainly were not. But while our parents dealt in rumors and speculation, we’re used to surveillance video, transcripts, secret videos recorded on a smartphone.
Even when there was proof back in the day, earlier generations might have been able to forget something once the news cycle changed. We have the chance to live and relive everything on the internet. (People are literally still asking Michelle Williams about that fall she took on “106 & Park.” And that was 12 years ago.)
I say all of that to say this, we are the generation that is unafraid of mess. We’ve seen enough of it, publicly and privately to be too scared to talk about it…publicly and privately. But that wasn’t always the case.
In 1991, the year Anita Hill alleged Clarence Thomas, a then candidate for Supreme Court Justice, sexually harassed her, people weren’t so open and forthcoming. In fact, many didn’t even fully understand the term sexual harassment. It had only been in the lexicon for 20 years and mostly in academic spaces. So when Anita Hill came through attempting to thwart the chances of the first Black Supreme Court Justice since Thurgood Marshall, Black folk, men and women alike, were quite defensive.
They wanted to protect the brotha. Give him a chance to get into a position of power so he could help the rest of us out. We all know how that story ended. Clarence is not thinking about us. But back in 1991, he was trying to play the race card too, saying that the questions being asked of him about his past were like “a modern day lynching.”
I’m sure those Black men who were actually lynched would have traded places with him in a heartbeat. Having to answer questions is not being mocked, maimed and killed only to have your corpse leered and jeered at later.
Really, how dare he?
I can’t help but look at Clarence and Anita and think about Bill Cosby and all the women who alleged he not only sexually assaulted but drugged and raped them too. The similarities are jarring. A powerful Black man who preaches respectability and condemns other poor, uneducated Black people. A Black man who is beloved, or in the case of Thomas, widely unknown but on the cusp of a great opportunity. And it is that opportunity (like Cosby getting ready to buy NBC—that’s sarcasm) that has caused “the man” to send a wayward, money hunger or attention seeking woman or several to take him down.
Seeing his track record on the bench, you’d be hard pressed to find many Black people who will defend Clarence Thomas these days. He didn’t exactly return the favor to look all of the brothas and sistas who shamed and condemned Anita so he could make it to the bench and forget about us.
I wonder if their silence and Thomas’ seeming disdain of his own people means that they’ve changed their minds about what they think happened between he and Miss Hill all those years ago.
Let me ask you, those of you who are old enough to remember Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing and Anita Hill’s testimony, what did you think back then? Did you believe her or did you think she was sent to take another good, Black man down?
For those like myself, who weren’t old enough to process, let alone remember the hearings, HBO is recreating the iconic moment in a new made for television movie. And they’ve also just released the first trailer for it.
Take a look at it below.