Kerry Washington covers the November 2017 issue of Allure Magazine photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Hanna Kelifa.
On her friends expecting her to “handle it” in real life just like her character Olivia Pope: “It happens All. The. Time. I mean, part of it is because they know I can connect them to Judy Smith, [the crisis manager] who the role is based on. But people call me to say, ‘I have this problem. Can I talk to you about it?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t even want to know! Just skip over me!’ But I know secrets.”
On how being politically minded: “I have to dip in and dip out, because it suffocates me. Like, I become unable to function. So it’s a tricky balance between staying aware and also staying connected to a sense of hope and productivity and showing up for life.”
On her beauty indulgence: “Massages. I love them because they fall in that in-between for me: half beauty, half wellness. It’s something I do because I’m in heels a lot and I work really long hours. And I have a lot of pressures in my life. So massages are a good way for me to maintain my health and wellness, but also I feel like I’m doing something indulgent. And I’m a deep-tissue girl. I ask for the strongest massage therapist. Unravel me. Get in there.”
Image 1: Jacquard Dress by Gucci from the Resort 2018 Collection
Image 2: Silk Chiffon Top and Skirt by Prabal Gurung from the Fall 2017 Collection
[Photo Credit: Sharif Hamza/Allure Magazine, vogue.com]