With her continued success with her hit show 'Scandal', Kerry Washington is still at the top of her game. The actress is the May 2017 cover star of Glamour magazine. On the cover which was shot by Steven Pan, Kerry is wearing a VALENTINO SPRING 2017 dress which was styled with a 3.1 PHILLIP LIM bra, VALENTINO GARAVANI earrings, LITTLE ROOMS & FOUNDRAE rings and OSCAR TIYE boots. In her interview in which she speaks to writer, director & actress Paolo Mendoza, Kerry talks beauty, how long she will play Olivia on Scandal, the importance of 'staying awake' and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Kerry's feature, visit Glamour.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on April 11th.
OK, I’ve been really trying to practice the Oprah Winfrey ritual: I check in with gratitude and grace when I wake up. I can be in a little bit of a state of overwhelm and panic if I don’t start out being connected to grace and gratitude.
On how being 40 is different from 20 & 30:
Life is just getting better. For me, 40 feels like a beginning. I’m in the middle of so much new—with this career, the kids, and I’m still sort of a newlywed. I’m excited to be at this stage in life.
On how much longer she will continue to play Olivia:
It’s not really up to me. It’s up to Shonda [Rhimes, Scandal’s creator] and to the network. Shonda has said from the beginning that she kind of knows how it ends. So I’m trusting her to guide the arc. It’s also important for me to do other work—and playing Olivia gave me the opportunity to become a producer. The charge of my production company, Simpson Street, is to tell stories that are about people, places, and situations that may not always be considered by the mainstream. Inclusivity is not about, you know, creating a world where straight white men have no voice; it’s about creating a world where we all have a voice. So I’m excited to start that new journey, as a producer.
On artist who have inspired her:
Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, and Diahann Carroll—those women are my lighthouses. Because their light was shining ahead, I knew where to go. They kept showing up for their art and values and that made me feel like I could bring all of myself to my work.
On beauty rituals from her mother & grandmother:
We’re an island people; my grandparents emigrated through Ellis Island from Jamaica. My parents’ first date ended at the beach. We’ve all been lifeguards in my family. So there’s a lot of water culture: I did water aerobics the whole time I was pregnant with my son. I drink tons of water—particularly now, as a nursing mom. With my skin, even, I use products all about hydration. It’s all about water!
Credit: Glamour Magazine