If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.—Juan Ramón Jiménez
Generally, I would be singing the praises of a mainstream magazine featuring a black actress, more specifically a brown-skinned actress, on the cover. I’m forever promoting the need for diversity within mainstream diversity. Yet, I was taken aback, when I saw the cover of ADWEEK featuring Kerry Washington. One Facebook poster said it perfectly, Kerry looked like a black Scarlett Johansson.
I was sick to my stomach. I wish more covers would show the true beauty of our stars. I understand Photoshopping, but not when the person no longer looks recognizable. Kerry Washington will always be beautiful because her inner beauty radiates all the way through. I hope one day that this need for Photoshopping will end. It creates an unrealistic perspective of beauty for our children. Let us celebrate our true beauty.
Be sure to read Kerry’s response and disbelief about not recognizing herself on posted Facebook.