Strike A Pose: Kerry Washington for Elle Magazine

Glamazons, I’m obsessed with “Scandal.” I’m so into the show in fact that whenever I am on top of my game at work I feel like I’m Olivia Pope. Like “did you see how I managed that conference call? I was in full Olivia mode. Do you think she would’ve ended it like that?”

It’s bad. Even when news hit that the real CIA director was resigning (for an extramarital affair *clears throat*), I found myself saying “he should’ve called Olivia.” See? Bad.

I love seeing a powerful (and at times, vulnerable) female figure on my television and enjoy learning as much about her character as possible. This means stalking Kerry Washington‘s Twitter and also, relishing in any interviews she does about the show.

One such interview is featured in the December 2012 issue of Elle Magazine. Miss Kerry baby is beautiful (duh) in a series of shots in a gorgeous apartment with a pool and a view.

The looks range from feminine to regal to casual to powerful, kind of like her character. (Obsessed!)

I love the interview even more. Inside, Kerry opens up about, well, playing Olivia Pope and her new role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained”:

On playing Olivia Pope: She’s phenomenally successful, able to control her world and makes things happen with clarity and force in her profession.

On Olivia’s style: I chose pale pastels and earth tones – no black or navy suits. She spends her days saying things people don’t want to hear. She has to balance that by wearing things that make people safe and comfortable.

On playing a slave in Django Unchained: Without Olivia as my day job, I don’t know if I would have been able to play Broomhilda. She has strength I knew nothing about. Tarantino is a director who’s not intimidated by blood and gore and violence and the darker side of the human soul.

On being chained in stocks and whipped: That day on set broke all our hearts. To find the strength in that circumstance was mind-bending.

On playing the damsel in distress: Look I can see how it’s not particularly feminist to play the princess in the tower, waiting to be saved. But as a black woman – we’ve never been afforded that luxury. There was no man coming to save you; it wasn’t part of the story. In some ways, this telling is a statement of empowerment.


Check out more pictures from the feature below:

What do you think of her interview and shoot, Glamazons? Don’t you just love it all?


Glamazon Jessica


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