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Kerry Washington was photoshopped beyond recognition on the cover of AdWeek magazine

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Published 06/04/2016 | 09:09

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington with her International TV Actress award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2015 held at Berkeley Square Gardens
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Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards

Actress Kerry Washington said she didn't recognise herself on the cover of AdWeek because she had been so heavily Photoshopped.

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The Scandal star was at the centre of controversy on Monday after the magazine's TV writer tweeted out the image of Kerry on the cover for the first time. Eagle-eyed fans noticed Kerry looked different than normal, with critics specifically noting an altered forehead, hairline and nose.

On Tuesday, Kerry responded to the accusations with an open letter to the editors of the magazine, admitting she felt uncomfortable with the image used on the cover.

"You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover," she wrote. "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."

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

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A longtime fan of the publication, the actress admitted she was "excited and thrilled" when she was invited to become a cover girl.

But though she is proud of the article and "some of the inside images", Kerry admits she was "taken aback by the cover," adding, "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."

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"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," she continued.

Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards
Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards

But she is prepared to give the magazine editors a pass, stating, "You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article."

However, she concludes her post by scolding the magazine bosses for leaving out "a few things we discussed in the interview", adding they were things "that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team)."

You can read my @adweek cover story online here http://adweek.it/1UOhJce

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