Kerry Washington in Thakoon at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards

Posted on February 24, 2014

Our honest reaction upon seeing these pics: “GOD, Kerry! Are you STILL pregnant?”


Kerry Washington attends the 2014 NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California in a custom Thakoon navy and peach silk gown paired with Christian Louboutin shoes, a Prada clutch and Suzanne Kalan jewelry.

Doesn’t it seem like she’s been pregnant for about a year now?

What do we all think of this? It’s pretty and dramatic, but it’s not quite doing it for us. We admit, we have a bias against satin-y gowns. They never look quite as luxe as they should in pictures. We love the dark blue on her, but we’re not loving it paired with a pink. We’re also not loving those sleeve-things (highly technical fashion term, you know). And we’re kind of upset about the accessories. That bag is a makeup kit and those shoes look too sporty/daytime for a gown.  The makeup’s pretty and we appreciate the work that went into her hair, but it does tend to give her head a very odd shape.

We keep trying to talk ourselves into liking this look, but the more we look at it, the more we think it’s purely a “first impression” dress. Looks great the second you lay eyes on it, slowly looks less and less great the longer you look at it.



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  • ScarlettHarlot

    Maybe actresses only seem like they are pregnant for so long because most of them are so petite in the first place that they start showing sooner, and are visibly pregnant longer than your average-sized woman.

    I like the colors on this, very Renaissance, but I don’t love the fabric.

    • @Biting Panda

      We, the Kittens, did start the speculation game way early on. She started obscuring her middle section weeks before any actual announcement.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        True. I feel so bad for actresses sometimes. So many of them are so tiny that they could look pregnant just from eating Chipotle. I understand why they would start obscuring their midsections early, knowing they are going to be scrutinized. (Where as I am a bigger woman, and could probably be well into my 3rd month before it would make any kind of noticeable difference!)

      • Like with Cathy Cambridge – she had to announce it really early because of the morning sickness, which made it seem like she was pregnant for 3 years.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Yes…Renaissance! That describes it perfectly. It might be a bit too shiny but she looks lovely.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        I saw the colors and immediately thought of Raphael’s lady saints.

        • ChaquitaPhilly

          YES! And it’s an unusual combo.

  • @Biting Panda

    Still pregnant, and looking to be for a least a little while longer. It doesn’t look like the baby has “dropped” yet. Bless her, it’s all about the comfort right now. This will have to do. (Betcha that bag is holding a snack bar, a juice box and some hard candy.)

  • I’ve decided that my big gripe about those pinterest braids is how ratty and split the ends always look.

    Anyway, I like the dress – salmon and blue is an unusual colour combination and I am sure she has people to do things that would require lifting her arms. The clutch looks like her mother ran it up out of leftover fabric.

    • jtabz

      As a gal whose mother has whipped up many a bag out of leftover fabric, I wholeheartedly agree.

    • I’m not likely to ever be on board with a hairstyle I will always associate with casualness being part of a red carpet look.

    • Glam Dixie

      “she has people to do things that would require lifting her arms”, And now I’m picturing her saying things like, ‘Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher.’

      • Usually it is me that I picture saying that. *sigh* young Cary Elwes…

        • Glam Dixie

          I’m right there with you.

    • Alanna

      “Pinterest braid”? Yup, sounds about right — though my first reaction to the braid and blue dress was that she’s cosplaying Queen Elsa from Frozen.

      • I had to google that! Now I am thinking Taylor Swift has her Halloween costume sorted.

    • SugarSnap108

      I like the color combination, too, but the satin sheen is a bit much for me.

    • sojourneryouth

      Totally. This kind of braid is earnestly heading for wispy and romantic, but always break down at the corner of ratty and flyaway ends. I love well-done braids, but these are in no way elegant. I get why she tried that hair with this dress, but everything about her look is a little off. The fabric of her dress looks like cheap satin sheets from a sexxxay motel, and the colors are kind of pretty, but don’t work together.

  • Mim McDonald

    I like this, the colours are really pretty.

  • Jessica Freeman

    No sleeve things would have been a major improvement. Not in love with the pink.

    • @Biting Panda

      Yes, but wouldn’t accuse her of just wrapping a sheet around herself and calling it a day? The sleeve things show effort. : )

      • Jessica Freeman

        She should have the option to move her arms freely while shrouded in a sheet at least. 🙂

      • demidaemon

        Probably. It’s still a hideous satin gown either way, so I don’t think it matters much.

  • Glam Dixie

    That’s probably exactly how long she feels like she’s been pregnant too. That’s a lot of shiny fabric, way too much in fact and I agree completely about the shoes and clutch. The blue is pretty and she’s all glowy and whatnot but it’s all just ok.

  • Frank_821

    Yes, the satin fabric is debatable. does not photograph well. The finishing work on the hem is less than pristine

  • cider12

    Well that’s a bit insensitive…yes, pregnancy lasts almost ten months, so almost a year. And believe me, as a pregnant woman myself right now, she’s feeling the length of it much more than you are. So give her a little encouragement instead and in spite of the dress not being great, give her a big cheer for putting on any sort of getup at all besides five-day-old sweat pants and a t-shirt…

  • Alyssa

    This is one of the few times where I muster up feeling bad for celebrities…when they are at that stage where you feel like you’ve been pregnant FOREVER, and you’re just ready for it to all be over. As a normal human, I didn’t have to wear fancy dresses and high heels, so I do have some empathy there. The braid is making the side of her head look mishapen. I don’t care for the sleeves. I’m picturing this blue as a blue shimmery metallic, and I like it much better. The shoes don’t go, IMO.

    • tired_mommy

      Agreed! My husband surprised me with a birthday party 3 weeks before my son was due which I kind of figured out in advance so I felt compelled to dress up–in a Gap maternity top and capris–which was almost unbearable…At that point, you definitely don’t want to be the center of attention no matter who you are.

      Also agree, the arm things are weird, but she is probably self-conscious about puffy arms at this point.

  • Judy_S

    I like this as a maternity dress. Shiny round mommy-tummy–I don’t know, I find that appealing. The arm thingies are a bit obnoxious but they look good and probably she doesn’t feel like lifting her arms over her head anyway.

  • Danielle

    haveyouhadthatbabyyet DOT com

  • moppet

    I’m hugely impressed that she has avoided looking like a wrinkly mess. Clearly she rode over in one of those standing-up limos y’all used to talk about.

  • julnyes

    I think everything is quite pretty with the exception of the purse and the messy braid – it doesn’t work with the rest of the look in my opinion.

  • Monabel

    Ha, you think YOU think this pregnancy is taking forever! Check with the lady herself……

    • MilaXX

      Yep I think she’s do this spring.

    • ryenerman

      I felt like I was pregnant for 300 years with my second child. I feel Kerry’s pain.

  • MilaXX

    All I like is the face and the color of the dress. The sleeves lost the moment she tried to do anything but pose. The hair is too fussy and odd. It looks like a Katniss braid. Not liking the shoes at all.

  • CupcakeTrudy

    Agree with TLo on most counts (fabric, wrong shoes, makeup bag).
    This is such a gorgeously cut gown for a gorgeous mom-to-be. And while I’m not a big fan pale pink in general, I sort of love how much she loves it! She wears girly pink so often!
    I think the hair is a great match for the gown. Pretty, pretty!

    • dalgirl

      I was about to say the same thing-for a pregnant woman, the cut is really flattering!

  • LiliLynch

    Definitely not in love with the sleeve-thingies, but the pleating/drape of the bodice is quite lovely. I remember in the later stages of my pregnancies, trying to look even remotely put-together for work was almost more than I could bear, so I can’t imagine what it must be like to get red-carpet-ready at that stage. I’m sure I would spend the entire event daydreaming of my sweatpants, slippers and a bowl of ice cream. Well, let’s be honest, even not pregnant I daydream about that…

  • KayEmWhy

    I’ll give her a pass here. The expression on her face looks like she had to show up whether she feels well or not.

  • Sophie

    Love the shoes! Especially what you can see from them in the last picture. I also like the colour combination of blue and pink, but am always against shiny fabric – I don’t think it only looks cheap in pictures!
    Nice ring, which I don’t think goes with the rest of the outfit.

  • Introspective

    the removal of the pink fabric would have made this whole look entirely more palatable.

    she’s still radiant. but the dress doesnt do much for her, and even less so with that pink stuff bringing everything down a notch.

  • Sif

    Snow White got knocked up by seven dwarfs

  • Tricia

    I actually really like her hair. I love the shape of the gown, but not how goddamn matchy *everything* is.

  • jw_ny

    Pink & blue combo…idk, maybe should be avoided when preggers, even though each are not the traditional shades one thinks of with babies. The shape and fit of the dress is good/flattering…her shoulders look great. I’m bugged by the braid, the matchy clutch, the sheen of the dress, and distracted & bugged by the chevron-like matchy blue design on the tip of her shoe.

  • Diego!

    I love it. She looks comfortable and that dress is simple and chic. I don’t like her clutch, but everything else is working really goof imho 🙂

  • boweryboy

    I actually love the shoes, but yeah – satin. Shiny, ugly satin.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I do not like her hair like that or the iPad mini case she’s carrying. I don’t mind the gown – I would prefer it without the pink sleeve things, but the blue is lovely.

  • cocohall

    God bless her. At a similar stage in my first pregnancy I was reduced to wearing a pair of borrowed Birkenstocks that were two sizes larger than my normal shoe size due to water retention. I had these giant hobbit feet, plus some weird itching problem so I couldn’t wear anything tight. So I wore a giant black tent dress pretty much everywhere. Not cute. I look at Kerry and think, given her condition, she looks pretty fantastic.

    • The miracle of birth…

      • formerlyAnon

        Damn fuckin’ skippy! It’s a miracle the species continues . . .

        • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

          Really…I used to say I was going to have giant stretch marks on my ankles if they didn’t split like hot dogs first. Shoes? What in the hell are those? Oh, the joys of summer pregnancy in Florida.

      • cocohall

        I love a good euphemism. The baby IS a miracle; what happens to the hostess, not so much.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love the idea of this dress, but the satin kills it. If a more free flowing fabric was used, this would be to die for.

    God, she’s beautiful.

  • formerlyAnon

    With you on the satin, the sleeve-things and OH SO MUCH the shoes. I like the makeup but for the lip, which stands out more than I would like – I think it’s the gloss more than the color.

    Despite all that, she’s damn pretty despite having that “oh god I’m ready to be done with this” pregnant lady look, especially when you see the sway in her back as she tries to hit some of those poses.

  • Erica

    What is really fun is when someone actually says to your face, oh, you’re STILL pregnant? Pregnancy…a time so tedious and endless that you long for the time when you will share space with a newborn (or, with my 2nd time around, 2 newborns). It’s nature’s genius way.

    She looks beautiful but the satin is a big ole no.

  • Leah Elzinga

    that head does not go with that dress.

  • bertkeeter

    Fabric looks heavy and droopy… A bit matchy matchy… And the hair?

  • RussellH88

    Evan Rachel Wood was another celebrity that seemed to be pregnant forever.

  • With that fishtail braid, it’s a said tale of a mermaid who got knocked up by a land lubber.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It’s the shoes that really throw this look off for me. I hope they’re comfortable.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I’m grading her on the pregnancy curve. I’d say she looks FAB, considering. On anyone else, I’d say it looks like a fancy bathrobe tied in a tricky way to make it dress-like.

  • murt

    I like the dress but yeah I don’t like everything else – especially dislike the bag and her hairstyle.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I think Kerry’s doing a good job of dressing during her pregancy-I rather like the gown, but agree that the clutch and shoes are not RC-worthy

  • E. D.

    Hate the bag.

  • amaranth16

    Hate the bag, hate the sleeves. Like the navy and pink, though not sold on the material. LOVE the hair and makeup.

  • Nimith

    Hah! my first thought was also, ‘OMG! Haven’t you popped YET?!’

  • alyce1213

    The empire shape is lovely, the color is gorgeous. I even like the pop of pink at top for visual interest — but not the overly-dropped sleeve things (which seem to be a “thing” now).
    The fabric is unforgivable not just because it’s shiny, but because it looks cheap shiny, at least in photos. Bag, shoes, braid — I don’ like any of it.
    So how does she still manage to look so good?

    • formerlyAnon

      Great bones, good skin (or makeup) and youth.

  • Ashleigh

    Work went into that hair???

  • Upon first glance I didn’t like this look. Still don’t.

  • marlie

    I really like the dress on her. I’m not so much a fan of her hair, though her makeup looks great. And I hate the clutch. I don’t hate the shoes, even though they might be a little less formal.

  • Satin is always a dicey proposition, and though it may not be fair it never fails to go “sexy bedsheets” on a pregnant woman. She’s giving serious crazy-eye in the first pic. The colors and shape are nice otherwise, though I don’t think that’s the shoe.

  • Yolanda13

    Not loving this at all. That bag looks like make-up case she might use in her gym bag. And the Katniss Everdeen braid vexes me. I hope to erase this look from my memory when watching her Olivia Pope outfits on the new Scandal on Thursday night.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    I HATE the hair!

  • SophieCollier

    It’s rather Disney Princessy, in style and color and the hair adds to that effect. Maybe its the hormones making her feel super girly.

  • SierraDelta

    Her fingers look a little swollen, too. I was pregnant during a miserably hot Chicago summer, and my wide wedding ring was too tight from my fourth month on. I wound up wearing my great-grandmother’s ring — the one that had been resized to fit over her arthritic knuckles.

    Kudos to Kerry for showing up looking so put together.

  • e jerry powell

    The Renaissance could definitely be a thing for this, but the colors are all wrong both now and in the 15th century.

  • livesarah

    This is the first time I’ve liked anything she’s worn while pregnant- colours, shape, everything. I don’t really like the hair, but I think she looks stunning. And hilariously, less pregnant because this dress is best fitted to her pregnant figure, compared with all the other disasters she’s been coming out with.

  • demidaemon

    I also have a bias against satin gowns. One that involves a lot of fire. This one is no different. Her styling choices did not help.