Cover Girl: Kerry Washington for Vanity Fair Magazine

Posted on July 03, 2013

Miss Kerry gets the semi-iconic “Ten pounds of makeup in a swimming pool” shot. And somehow, it doesn’t look contrived.

 

Kerry Washington covers the August 2013 issue of Vanity Fair Magazine photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

Okay, yes. It looks a little contrived. But it also looks hot.

On playing Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit drama Scandal: “One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’ [...] The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”

 

[Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy for Vanity Fair]

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  • RussellH88

    Considering how much time Olivia Pope spends swimming in white bathing suits, this is very fitting.

  • geans

    Her comments about “white women” are profoundly annoying. But she looks nice.

    • TLJezebel

      More than annoying, they’re offensive.

      • plzidgaf

        how so?

      • Blayne Borden

        You should read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

        • MilaXX

          One of my favorite books. I read it first in high school and every so often I reread it.

      • drdarke

        I beg your pardon, @TLJezebel:disqus…? Aren’t you being like White Right Wingers screaming “PREJUDICE!!!” whenever somebody catches them out making racist jokes about Obama – or defending Paula Deen?

        No, I don’t know you – and from your comment, I don’t care to, either. If that sounds “harsh” to you, think of how YOUR comment would sound to Ms. Washington….

        I don’t get “offensive” at all from her – I get that she’s very perceptive about being a Woman of Color lead in a show that’s not about her color.

        • marlie

          Which, unfortunately, is still rare in show business (to feature a lead actor as a person of color, when the character’s race isn’t a main part of the story).

          • Catiline

            Not only is that rare, but we also have a spate of recent high-profile movies with whitewashed characters. Like even when the original source material features a person of color, or ambiguously of color, studios go out of their way to cast a white person. (Dragonball, The Last Airbender, Hunger Games, Star Trek, the proposed live-action Akira with all white people on the short list for the lead roles, etc.)

            Then we get a bunch of people defending these decisions because “it’s just business” while at the same time insisting that racism is a thing of the past and they don’t see color. Sometimes I think mainstream entertainment is going backwards on issues of race.

            Edit: I don’t mean to sound like I’m lecturing you, if that’s how I come across, just agreeing with a tangent.

          • marlie

            You’re not lecturing at all… I agree with you 100%. I was trying to stay on-topic, though. ;)

          • RebeccaKW

            I’m not arguing with you, but which characters in Hunger Games and Star Trek were whitewashed?

          • sweetestsith

            Not sure about the Hunger Games, but Khan was previously played by non-white actors.

          • Rand Ortega

            In the original incarnation, Khan Noonian Singh was Indian, played by Latino actor Ricardo Montalban. In the latest version, he’s played by Benedict Cumerbatch, a white actor.

            “The Hunger Games” novel, Katniss Everdeen was described as having “straight black hair, olive skin, and grey eyes”. There was a lot of controversy citing the description in the book that a Native American actress should be cast as Katniss when white actress Jennifer Lawrence won the role.

          • swiss_miss

            It really seems pretty ridiculous to cast a character whose name is Khan Noonian Singh with a white actor, doesn’t it?

            Apart from Katniss herself there was also a lot of people who wanted Jesse Williams (grey’s anatomy, he’s of mixed race with blue eyes & very, very attractive ) for Finnick who is described as having bronze skin & blue eyes & very, very attractive but some people were all: Finnick has to be Caucasian and the role went to a white actor.

          • drdarke

            Katniss in THE HUNGER GAMES is described as having dark hair and skin, and was expected by fans of the book to be played by a mixed-race or Latina actress, @RebeccaKW – not the very blonde Jennifer Lawrence in dark face paint.

            In STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, KHAAAAANNNN!’s full name is “Khan Noonien Singh”, which suggests a character of Indian/Chinese heritage – played by Benedict Cumberbatch!

          • http://www.serpentsdance.etsy.com/ SerpentsDance

            Then you have other things like SyFy’s wreck of a miniseries “Earthsea”, based on Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle books. Ursula Le Guin wrote many of the characters as being dark or red skinned. The main character was a “red skinned man” with dark hair. Who played him in the miniseries? A blond-haired, blue eyed white man. Nearly every character in the miniseries was white. That, along with the other huge changes/errors in the miniseries made Le Guin release a statement that she had been cut out of making the miniseries completely and that she was disgusted by the whole thing.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            I agree with you, but let’s remember that the real person her character is based upon is indeed black.

          • marlie

            I didn’t actually know that. I might be the only person in the universe who doesn’t watch/follow Scandal.

      • Jenna Marie

        I wouldn’t say that it’s offensive… I mostly feel it’s mildly unnecessary in for a young generation. As a 20-something white woman, I grew up believing race was beautiful and was SO disappointed I was born white. I asked for black baby dolls and barbies, and (more than once) cried realizing I would never change. My role models were often women of color, sometimes white women. I understand that for older generations, Kerry’s comments are profound – for me, it feels unremarkable.

        • Bexxx

          For you, as a white woman. I would argue that her statement is valid for any generation- just because you’re not racist (just tokenizing) doesn’t mean that there is no racism. I’m in my early 20s and encounter prejudice from my peers on the daily.

        • marlie

          Unfortunately, it’s NOT unnecessary. We’d all like to believe that racism doesn’t exist any more, but many people of color experience subtle, and sometimes unintentional discrimination every day.

          • drdarke

            Geez, @Marlie! All you have to do is listen to the Right on the Obamas to disprove THAT!

        • marlie

          Also, it’s not just for older generations that her comments are profound. For the younger generations – including myself, they’re still relevant today.

        • stephbellard

          I’m sorry but even at your age I don’t believe for one minute that you were “SO disappointed” you were born white. Yeah it must’ve been so hard to be part of the dominant culture where you get to be an individual and not carry the burden of race representation. I’m sure you meant well but that statement rings as hollow as “I have black friends!”

        • swiss_miss

          Yes, for you it is unremarkable, which just shows how white you are. Kerry Washington is the first black woman in a lead role on TV in 30 years or so! It’s nice that you live in your little bubble and dreamt about being black while not having to deal with all the small and big problems people of colour face every single day, such as underrepresentation in the media. Did you by any chance catch the huge controversy cheerios faced a few weeks ago for daring to show a biracial family? Or the many people complaining that a girl (Prim) in the Hunger Games was played by an afro american actress because now “her death isn’t as sad”, despite that Prim was described in the books as having “dark brown skin”. And those were mostly YOUNG people complaining (because people writing about the Hunger Games on twitter mostly aren’t 85 years old). Yes, this is slowly changing, that’s why Kerry Washington was able to speak about how great it is that some white woman identify with her character. Because that hardly happened before and it’s still not something that can be taken as granted because studio bosses still subconsciously and conciously think that white people aren’t able to identify with non-white people and therefore mostly cast white people for the leads, even going as far as whitewashing and the studio bosses aren’t totally wrong when you look at the Cheerio or Hunger Games reaction.

      • stephbellard

        I see the Reverse Racist Teabaggers are out in full force. I’ll alert Fox News that the Klan is meeting here tonight.

    • Sobaika

      Hmm. I thought it was a pretty sharp and candid statement.

      • stephbellard

        It was. But you know how the Reverse Racism Teabaggers like to jump in whenever the colored folk get uppity.

    • plzidgaf

      How so?

    • Lizoo

      I don’t think you get the point of what she’s saying. VERY recently in America, the idea of a white women saying she wanted to be just like a black women would have been literally inconceivable. The fact that it’s possible for a black female character to be seen first as a strong women, rather than as “just” a black women, is still pretty revolutionary.

      • Introspective

        all of what you said Lizoo. I dont think she is generalizing about “all” white women. Kerry is noting a very understandable surprise at the incredible sea change in race relations in America that is represented not only by her landing the lead role in a major prime time show that does not have an all black cast, but by the fact that women audiences of all backgrounds remain inspired by her character, regardless of her race.

        I dont see that as offensive at all. I see Kerry’s observation of that as honest, important and quite simply what America needs to hear right now.

      • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

        What you said.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Really? As a white woman, I feel that she is being entirely accurate as it relates to how certain demographics are culturally taught to view other demographics. It’s not “whitey is bad,” it’s that white women are conditioned to seeing actresses looking like them in the leads of very big TV shows and that means it can sometimes be necessary to unlearn the tendency to only relate to fictional characters who match your racial/cultural identity.

    • Glam Dixie

      To me, it’s one of those things that when done in reverse, would be considered mildly offensive and racist but when done by someone black it’s okay and I always find that somewhat annoying.

      • Sobaika

        That’s not what’s happening. People of color have always related to white leads on TV but the reverse hasn’t been true. You can’t compare two things that are not on the same playing field.

        • Introspective

          disqus ate my comment on this but trying to recreate it. agree 100% with sobaika that we cannot see this conversation here without a sense of the history of racial inequality in america and the way it infiltrates our popular culture. whiteness has always been the norm in this country so that it is not far fetched to imagine that viewers of all backgrounds might see a white character’s story unfold and relate to it, without any sense of this being a racialized exercise. however, the minute a person of color is brought on screen, issues arise regarding how the character represents the entirety of their race rather than speaking to human experiences in general. they may even be said to evoke the problems of race relations that are never ending in this country.

          so it is important to understand that there is something very different (and important) at work when a character of color on a highly rated show manages to speak to viewers of all colors, and not just those of their race. and the proof of that is in the pudding as kerry noted how white women themselves came forward and expressed their sense that olivia pope represents who they are or who they want to be in some way…

          this is a great conversation we are having by the way. im glad we’re all engaged even if we’re not all in agreement, so thanks TLo for posting something so provocative for us to chew on…

        • marlie

          Also, in most shows with white casts, the show isn’t necessarily about them being white, or the show depicting the “white experience” in some way. That’s completely opposite to shows with main characters of color; so often those characters serve as some sort of representation of what it is to be black/minority.

        • JosephLamour

          There is some honest to god white privilege going on in this thread. And I don’t throw around that term lightly.

          • Sobaika

            Amen.

          • stephbellard

            PREACH!

          • swiss_miss

            You are right. And I say that as a white woman.

          • Rand Ortega

            Love your articles on “Upworthy”, particularly the 1 w/ LeVar Burton. Kudos.

          • MartyBellerMask

            Aha! I KNEW I recognized the name! Kudos Joseph Lamour, I loved that one too!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Was that you JosephLamour? I loved that article!

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Two words: History, context. These quotes don’t happen in a vacuum.

      • drdarke

        So, @5d0e2de8542028d2dc85ad509053ff7b:disqus – it’s offensive to you as a White Woman that you can’t be a…bigot, then…?

        Please tell me, the middle-aged Straight White Male (or as John Scalzi calls it, “The Lowest Difficulty Setting”), that isn’t what you actually meant….

        • Glam Dixie

          excuse me? wtf are you talking about?

          • drdarke

            I asked you first, @glamdixie:disqus .

          • Glam Dixie

            Looked to me like you were talking to @guest. and I can be a bigot if I want to, I don’t see how anyone could stop me. I’ve never considered myself one, but just so you know, I won’t be replying to this conversation anymore.
            My point, as I stated, was that if I say it and it’s racist, and someone black says the exact same thing in reverse somehow it isn’t and I find that to be somewhat ( not hugely, I don’t care that much) annoying. Can I be anymore clear than that? I can try typing slower if it would help.

          • moppet

            I know you’re saying you don’t care — but maybe if you took the time to think it through a bit, you would see that a white person couldn’t make this kind of statement “in reverse” because it is not “revolutionary” for black women to be provided only white women as aspirational figures. For years and years, that is pretty much all people of color saw on television — white women as objects of pride, power, love interests etc. So the reverse racism argument that I think you’re trying to make, doesn’t really have any standing here.

          • Glam Dixie

            I did think it through, I just feel that maybe as few as 15 years ago her comments may have held up better, but in the world I live in with a black president and AG, black lead characters on every TV show, it just isn’t relevant anymore and was unnecessary. But whatever, everyone can have their own opinion on it and race affects everyone differently.

          • eowyn_of_rohan

            Black lead characters on every TV show? Honey, what network are you watching?

          • drdarke

            BET, @eowyn_of_rohan?

            OWN?

            The Tyler Perry Network – ? No, that’s part of Oprah’s network now, isn’t it…?

          • Rand Ortega

            “Every TV show”? What other black lead characters, w/out a white co lead, are there on television? THERE AREN’T ANY. She’s the only 1! & she’s the 1st black female lead character on a dramatic TV series in 30 years! Are you aware of the last election where the GOP tried to implement voter suppression laws that were admittedly aimed at African American voters? Are you aware of the gutting of the Civil Rights Act by the conservative majority SCOTUS barely 1 week ago that allows for further voter suppression? How can you claim Barack Obama or Eric Holder holding public office proves racism is no longer an issue in our country when those things are still happening?

          • Catiline

            That’s like pointing to Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and female-led TV shows and declaring that women need to shut up about sexism because “it’s not fair that men can’t say that in reverse!”

            It’s not like Obama getting elected was some magic throw-the-ring-into-Mount-Doom moment where racism suddenly vanished across the land. If anything, racists have gotten more vocal and hysterical since Obama’s election. And yeah, you can argue that’s a sign that racists are becoming irrelevant and they know it, but they can and are still doing a hell of a lot of damage on their way out.

          • marlie

            I was once told by a (I’m guessing) well-meaning older white man (a friend’s father) that I should “be happy now” that Condoleeza Rice was Secretary of State, because now black women can stop complaining about having representation in government.

          • Shawn EH

            Because Condee was such a boon to equality!? She was competent at her job, that’s the most I could say about her.

          • drdarke

            @marlie – ::facepalm!::

          • stephbellard

            Girl you can’t see it but I am waving my hands in the air right now like you’re preaching to me in church! TESTIFY!

          • Trish

            “It’s not like Obama getting elected was some magic throw-the-ring-into-Mount-Doom moment”

            YES! Stealing that line from you for all future discussions about how “post-racial” we are.

          • Jaeda Laurez

            ” throw-the-ring-into-Mount-Doom moment”

            As serious as this is, I just yell-laughed. Thank you.

          • marlie

            Unfortunately, just because we have a black president and AG doesn’t magically make racism disappear. I can understand your train of thought, but unfortunately, a couple of great examples doesn’t define the whole black experience. And as a young black person in the professional world (one in which I’m often the only/first black person in the room), it’s still VERY relevant.

          • JosephLamour

            Just cause theres a black president doesn’t mean racism is over.

          • moppet

            Respectfully (seriously!) I have to take exception to your comment that “it just isn’t relevant any more.” It tends to be members of the majority culture who assert that race is no longer important — to them. There’s a trial going on right now in Florida that is one small example of how race continues to be at least somewhat relevant in the lives of those who are minorities.

          • swiss_miss

            The Cheerio thing was like a few days ago! (For somebody who doesn’t know what I am refering to, Cheerio has an advertisement with a biracial family, white mother, black father, adorable little girl. And people are offended!). And its not that long ago that young people were tweeting about that now that Rue (Hunger Games) was played by a adorable black girl her death “wasn’t as sad”.

          • pop_top

            Seriously. And the recent treats about the Mexican American boy who sang the National Anthem before a baseball(?) game?

            Race is only “not an issue” to people who are oblivious to the consequences of racially-motivated attitudes and behaviors.

          • Shawn EH

            Not to mention the recent SCOTUS decision to undo the Voting Rights Act; the majority voters used similar arguments. Does electing Obama really solve everything? Not from what I’ve been reading since 2008.

          • jen_vasm

            Actually, to the majority of those with a white privilege mindset, race was never important. That’s why it’s so tiresome to be brought face to face with it, because of a few steps forward , we should be happy with one black president and one successful network show with a bona-fide lead black actress. “Why the heck are we still talking about race-I’m so tired of this subject!” they say with irritation & befuddlement.
            When we have a system in Hollywood where a black studio head (or 5) can not be a thing of surprise or movies with a mostly black cast that do not deal with: Tyler Perry, basketball, crime rings, gangs, drumlines, rapping or hip-hop dance troupes are not automatically denyed because “no one will come to see them” When 10-15 years from now, Kerry will still be able to get quality roles in Hollywood. THAT’s when we may revisit whether her comment is still relevant.

          • RectPropagation

            No, race doesn’t affect you at all. At least not negatively. You get to see people of your race represented positively in all media and you’re more likely to be treated favorably in every conceivable situation (legal, financial, academic, employment).

            The fact that you’ve decided that racism is over because you see a couple of black people on TV proves how necessary her statement is.

          • drdarke

            A Mixed-Race (let’s be honest here, @Glam Dixie – his Mother was White) President who has been the constant target of barely-coded and completely uncoded racist slurs from supposedly-mainstream politicians AND pundits!

            I’d say that to anybody BUT a bigot, that argues the exact opposite – clearly racism is very much alive and well in the USofA….

          • stephbellard

            Oh it’s not your TYPING that’s slow.

          • drdarke

            No, @Glam Dixie – apparently I understood you just fine the first time.

      • stephbellard

        I’ll make it easy for you:
        Global Warming = Real
        Reverse Racism = Myth

      • brokephilosopher

        But there is no equivalent “in reverse.” You just can’t equate a statement that a black woman says, in the context of a long history of continuing oppression, to a statement that a white woman, who is in the majority and has never suffered oppression for her whiteness, would say. OF COURSE black women look up to white women as role models–the “standard” is white, so yes, it would be insulting and condescending for a white woman to say something about how non-white women see her as a role model and that’s inspiring. If you don’t understand the difference here I’m not sure I can explain it. You have to be willfully ignorant to pretend that there’s any possible equivalence here.

    • Shawn EH

      Mentioning race isn’t the same thing as being racist; however, I don’t know if she’s giving credit where it’s due. I’ve wanted to be Nurse Julia since 1968.

    • Rand Ortega

      Why?

    • JosephLamour

      Why in the world would that be annoying? I want an explanation.

    • stephbellard

      How is it annoying? Most people of color have had to identify with white characters in film/tv/books because the experience of white people was (offensively) assumed to be a universal one. She’s merely pointing out that now white people are identifying with a black character and that’s a good thing. Instead of looking at Olivia Pope and seeing a BLACK woman, they see a woman with individual traits. That’s progress.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      Actresses who aren’t white hear all the time from casting directors that they’re not white enough for white audiences to identify with, and their blackness costs them part after part. (Most leading female roles in TV and movies explicitly ask for caucasian women, and women who aren’t white aren’t even allowed to audition.) It’s significant that white women love and identify with Olivia Pope, because according to Hollywood, a black woman white women can identify with is a freaking unicorn, and Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes, two incredible black women, have managed to prove that misguided sentiment wrong. Good for Kerry for speaking out about it.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    And a rather insightful, profound quote, too. Good on Her!

    • Shawn EH

      I think a lot of women want to sleep with the President, Kerry.

    • stephbellard

      Seriously. That show is ridiculous but SHE is not. Amazing woman.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    At least they’ve put her in a swim suit instead of a couture gown.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I wish, instead of saying “Vanity Fair”, it said “Vogue, September”.

    • Sobaika

      From your lips to Wintour’s bob!

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        She’s been on so many increasingly high-profile covers lately that I think September Vogue is probably not going to happen for her this year. Hopefully next year!

        • eowyn_of_rohan

          Maybe the big “Power Issue” in March, given the theme of her show. That would also be awesome.

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            But it’s the September issue that would be more of a capital-S Statement.

          • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

            Excellent idea. Dear Ms. Wintour…..

  • Jessica Freeman

    Rationally love her.

  • Kate Andrews

    I follow Anne Helen Petersen (Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style) on Facebook, and she noted yesterday that Kerry’s body looks much lighter in the water, along with the white bathing suit and red lipstick contributing to a whiter effect. I’m not sure that I 100% buy into that argument, but it’s an interesting thing to think about.

    • Introspective

      thank you for directing me to AHP. didnt know who she was but I cannot stop reading her blog posts. she’s brilliant. and makes post-feminism make more sense to me than any academic texts that Ive seen on the subject in the last several years. and does it through the most thoughtful analysis ever of pop culture. luv huh and luv you for showing me to her brilliance…

      • Kate Andrews

        She’s awesome — I found her through The Hairpin, where she writes about old-time movie stars and scandals. Those are lovely rabbit holes to go down.

    • MGMcD

      I get what she’s saying, but I thought the white swimsuit was a nod to Scandal. Olivia Pope often dresses in white because she’s supposed to be the “white hat” good guy – a theme that was addressed directly in this season’s finale, and she is often shown swimming, always wearing a white bathing suit. I have definitely seen the skin lightening technique done on women of color, like Beyonce, so I don’t deny it happens, but I’m not sure if it was happening here.

    • NoveltyRocker

      Had to track down this comment again and say thanks for mentioning Petersen—just awesome analysis and insight into the machine behind celebrity image. Loving exploring the rabbit holes and it’s already led to many others so thank you!

      • Kate Andrews

        Cool! You are welcome!

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    Kerry’s body is actually better than what this photo portrays. The small of her back has a beautiful slope to her butt. This photo looks contrived, especially in this specific region. Oh, I guess this part of her is under water. Kerry is stunning though. Her face is beautiful. Nice cover. I hope we see more and more covers with her.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Great pic. Is it really possible to make her look bad? I don’t think so.
    As for ‘wanting to be Olivia Pope.” Um. I want to watch Olivia Pope and I do. But BE her? Um.

  • EEKstl

    Yeah, it’s contrived but yeah, she looks hot. And HOW FRICKING REFRESHING to see her as the cover story for VF!

  • MilaXX

    Love her and kudos for getting the cover.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    I find the contrast between her made up face and underwater body to be kind of jarring but I can’t hate. I love her. And I love that deceptively insightful comment that some people (probably blind to their privilege) are sure to interpret as ‘reversely’ racist.

    • AnaRoW

      The skin looking lighter in the pool is actually a normal thing. I assume that it’s not as noticeable on people with lighter skin.

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        I didn’t mean the color disparity. As a black woman myself, I know how much lighter my skin can get under water. I was talking about how weird is it to see her with a face full of makeup (particularly that beautiful shade of lipstick) paired with simply pushed back wet hair and a bathing suit.

        • Airkisses

          The wet hair combined with the makeup really confused me. I wonder if they wet her hair first and THEN did her makeup?

          • Cz

            Hair always comes first before makeup. I found this out the hard way when I thought getting my makeup did before hair for my wedding was a good idea. It was not.

    • Qitkat

      The water also refracts the surface light to create a distortion illusion to her underwater body. While she is still lovely, the perception to me is that her head is too large for her body, which is exacerbated by the overdone lipstick. And there’s probably some thoughtless photoshopping involved too.

      I agree completely with your interpretation of her comment.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Whew, all of you are giving me a headache! She looks great but should have toned down the lipstick.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    her lips look bigger than they really are…

  • Brandon Taylor

    Am I the only one who thinks she looks like slathered make up on a horse and called it sex? I think she’s beautiful. I think she’s a wonderful actress. It’s all great, but this picture is not doing a thing for me other than to make her look cray-cray ridic.

  • flamingoNW

    ….Depends on which part of Olivia Pope they are relating to…. the sleeping-with-a-married-man-who-is-POTUS part or the strong leader of a team of kick-ass……..people-who-often-cover-up-murders-for-money… wait… I appreciate what she’s saying and I think that she means she’s a very different and (mostly) strong female character that all kinds of women are admiring, not just black women admiring a black character, and that really is fantastic. But the character of Olivia Pope is pretty flawed and while I appreciate the entertainment value of a flawed character on TV, there is quite a bit I do not like about that show and that I find not at all admirable….

    • Rand Ortega

      I agree. If there were more characters of her stature on TV that were more positive in representing people of color this wouldn’t be an issue. But, OTOH, the fact of a Olivia Pope, a character of color, who doesn’t have to be perfect & isn’t demonized or stereotyped as not being ” the good kind” & women of all races still want to be her or identify w/ her is a pretty interesting comment on our culture, if not out & out revolutionary.

      • flamingoNW

        point taken, yes.

  • PastryGoddess

    That face just does it for me

  • Anniebet

    Luscious lips, that finally aren’t lined to look smaller than they are. These may be a tad exaggerated but dang, she’s one gorgeous female.

  • SpillinTea

    Imma bring it back to the the photo. She looks STUNNING. And congrats on the marriage too. Her boo is cute ;)

  • conniemd

    Love Kerry more for her comment. Nobody ever wanted to “pass” as black. Generation of black women wanted to look white, straightened and lightened their hair to be like white women. I find it really cool that her character is not seen first as a black woman, but simply as a beautiful, smart, powerful, and yes flawed woman. That she is black is simply happenstance. She could be a statuesque blonde and it would make no difference to the character or storyline.

    I think that her comments are like “wow, we’ve come a long way baby” and yes, there is still a long ways to go. But she is celebrating a leap and a victory.

    • Darren Nesbitt

      I agree with this. Most of my friends are black and in the same way they love to talk about Olivia Pope, they love to talk about women like Victoria Grayson. . .just powerful pretty women.

  • nannypoo

    I can’t even keep makeup on during a normal day. She keeps hers on in a swimming pool. I shoulda been a celebrity.

  • unbornfawn

    She looks stunning.

  • e jerry powell

    Love the spread. They put her in some amazing looks.

  • PeaceBang

    Dammit, children, I came here to talk about red lipstick!

  • Adelaidey

    I don’t know if it’s because of the 1990′s matte lipstick or what, but she’s really reminding me of Khandi Alexander as Catherine on NewsRadio.

  • jencapture

    Lovely to see Kerry on the cover, though I wish this photograph had been used as one of the interior shots rather than as the cover image.