Photos: Kerry Washington graces the April Cover of Marie Claire Magazine! ‘I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty’

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Photos: Kerry Washington graces the April Cover of Marie Claire Magazine! ‘I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty’

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Talented actress ‘Kerry Washington‘ graces the front cover of Marie Claire Magazine’s April edition, with an accompanying article by ‘Girls’ creator and writer ‘Lena Dunham‘.

Despite being universally adored as a glamorous actress and style icon, Kerry Washington revealed that she had not always felt that that way.

On her thoughts on being a pretty girl:

“I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me,” Washington told Dunham.

“So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that’s what I had,” Washington added.

On working with Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes:

“I’m very respectful of Shonda’s vision of who Olivia [Pope] is, but she has said that she is informed by the choices I make. If we were waltzing, she’s definitely leading. And she picked the song, and she probably dressed us, but it is a waltz.”

On Privacy during Earlier Career Years:

“Earlier in my career, I was much more super-sharey. There were moments when I wanted to process things that were happening to me more privately, and I didn’t have the space to do it, because once you let people in, they’re in and you don’t get to say, ‘Oh, I want this for myself.’”

On her dreams for her baby girl, Isabelle:

“I just want [Isabelle] to know that she’s heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want,” she says. “When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I’ve made, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.”

On fashion:

“I just put myself in a boot camp of figuring it out—and realized that I really loved it. I guess because I came to it later in life, I realized, ‘Oh, going to a fashion show is like going to the opening of Degas at the Met or going to see Swan Lake.’”

Check out more photos for the cover!

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