Kerry Washington Covers the August Issue of Vanity Fair
Kerry Washington— but better known as ‘Olivia Pope’ to Scandal lovers (including this gal)–flaunts her curves on the August cover of Vanity Fair. And in doing so continues her cover streak including a recent spread on Elle.
In the issue the petite actress, who has made headlines with her red-carpet choices, sits down with the magazine and shares the following:
On Olivia Pope’s Social Influence: “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. What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman.”
On celebrating her right to vote: “My becoming a voting citizen was celebrated the way other people would celebrate a Sweet 16. My parents took me out to dinner, and we talked about who I was going to vote for.”
On her working with an educational troupe that performed in schools and community center: “We would stay in character after the show, and the audience would interact with us. It taught me the importance of really understanding everything about who you’re playing, because you never knew what question was going to come.”