Kerry Washington has come a long way since her early acting days as the curly-haired brown girl in Our Song and Save the Last Dance. The Golden Globe-nominated star has put in major work, both in front of and behind the camera, portraying intelligent, confident, and powerful women who you either really love or really loathe.
Washington herself possesses just as much fervor as the fictional characters she brings to life. This is evident in her activism as a women’s rights advocate for equal pay and girls’ education, which is part of her mission “to create a world where there’s room for all of us.”
In the May issue of Glamour magazine, Washington talks about being the change she wants to see and doing the “work of self-love and affirmation.” And it’s clear that the 40-year-old is very “woke” and comfortable with the woman she has become, as she declares:
“I am a woman, I am a person of color, I am the granddaughter of immigrants, I am also the descendant of slaves, I am a mother, I am an entrepreneur, I am an artist, and I’m joyful.”
It is empowering to witness an A-list celebrity like Washington proudly proclaim their identity and honor their heritage, especially with Hollywood’s and the fashion industry’s whitewashing of African culture and the attempted demoralization of women across the globe.
Washington may be unsure of how this time in history is shaping her as an artist, but one thing is certain: She’s standing on a solid foundation of self-confidence.
Head over to Glamour.com to read the full interview with Kerry Washington.
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