Kerry Washington covers Uptown Girl mag: stunning and lovely or meh?

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington covers the January issue of Uptown Girl magazine to promote her role in Django Unchained, which has experienced some political fallout in recent days following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, so the Weinstein Company has judiciously cancelled the film’s Los Angeles screening out of respect for the tragedy’s victims. Good move.

In this magazine’s feature, Kerry poses like a boss in stocking-accessorized outfits that are sexy but not too revealing. She also gave an interview within which she talks about why she decided to play a slave in a movie, which she’s already talked about a bit in her recent Vibe interview, but now she provides further elaboration. Here’s some excerpts:

Kerry Washington

Why she decided to play a slave: “If I were to say it’s okay to play a lawyer but not a maid, or it’s okay to play a professor but not a slave, that would be sort of spitting on the legacy of my grandmother, who was a maid on Park Avenue for years, or my ancestors in South Carolina, who came from slavery. What’s interesting about storytelling is we get to step into someone’s experience for an hour and a half in the dark, and in the process of living through that journey we learn about ourselves. That’s what it’s all about to me.”

On her new political thriller, Scandal: “I went from shooting in a slave shack with my character curled up in bed, terrified about the state of her future to walking in heels outside of the White House on my way to meet the president’s chief of staff.”

Jamie Foxx on Kerry: “I can’t say enough about the brilliance and toughness of her, especially in Django, where she’s amazingly vulnerable playing this damsel in distress throwback character. And then you look at the strength of what she’s doing on Scandal, where she’s in control and doing her thing.”

[From Uptown Girl]

I’m still sort of torn on whether I’ll go see Django Unchained on Christmas Day or wait for a few weeks and see how the buzz goes. It makes me feel so guilty to not be incredibly excited for a Quentin Tarantino movie, but that’s the effect Leonardo DiCaprio has on this girl. Even with Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Walton Goggins (FYI, the subject of a recent sex dream) on the roster, I just can’t muster up much enthusiasm for this movie.

Now back to this gorgeous photoshoot, which is heavy both on the angular poses and the wind machine. Kerry rules that camera, doesn’t she?

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Photos courtesy of Uptown Magazine

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  1. Riana says:


    Y’all don’t even know. Gotta say in terms of posing and styling (with no dramatic theme or costume) she’s my favorite shoot of the year. She really owned each pic in a way that’s about confidence and not showing as much skin as possible.

  2. heybaby says:

    my Queen!!! she is so beautiful, sexy and a good actress.

    does anyone here watch her show ‘scandal’ on abc??..the best juiciest drama on tv at the moment .

    olivia and the president are my number tv couple, i can’t even hate that its an adulterous relationship lol

  3. marie says:

    I’ll see the movie but I’m not a huge Tarantino fan so I’ll probably wait till it goes to RedBox (plus I’m really cheap and hate paying all that money to see a movie in the theater)

    Kerry is always beautiful, and Scandal is one of my shows. Her and the President, so HOT!

  4. Kiki says:

    Ms Kerry Washington is a Goddess. Glad to see her career is soaring. I saw her on Oprah and Bill Maher, very intelligent and not just a pretty face.She has come a long way and I’m sure plenty of more great things are coming her way.

  5. Nola says:

    She’s beautiful. And the spread is great.
    I’ve become obsessed with her show Scandal. Her chemistry with Tony Goldwyn is off the chain.

  6. Gracie says:

    I hate nude lipstick. Especially on dark skin, it makes you look like you’ve been eating sand.

  7. Amelia says:

    I’m so envious of her arms! Really struggling to tone mine up, I run a lot so there’s some muscle there but not in the places I want it.
    She looks gorgeous in this shoot.

  8. Miss Kiki says:

    She looks f*cking amazing. I genuinely have nothing bad to say about this shoot.

  9. Janet says:

    “Scandal” is the only reason I watch the TV.

  10. afrotastic says:

    I love Kerry Washington. The woman can do no wrong in my eyes. If Fassy is single he should hook up with Kerry cos they would make a hot couple. So damn photogenic.

  11. Kaboom says:

    Difficult not to have a thing for her.

  12. Jenna says:

    Yes, she looks amazing but…damn her mouth is open in every single picture. You can have a sexy photoshoot with your mouth closed. -_-

  13. Hoya_chick says:

    Scandal is one of the best shows on network tv bar none. If you aren’t watching it, you should be. I’m not a Tarantino fan and I despise Leo and I definitely do not want to see such a heavy movie on Christmas. So no, I won’t be seeing it. Love Kerry though, you guys should do more stories about her she is fantastic. She looks amazing in this shoot! Gah. Girl crush. I respect her reasoning for doing the movie but I prefer reading, going to museums or seeing documentaries on the subject, movies don’t do it justice and doesn’t ”open dialogue” for me or my circle. It’s apart of my history that I am well aware of and very respectful of. That’s not why I go to the movies.

  14. lin234 says:

    Her lips are SICK. Her face is just flawless. I’d rate her beauty up there with Angelina Jolie.

    I loved the first season of Scandal, but the way they talk in that super-fast urgent speed is starting to wear on my nerves – I get that they are in the business of putting out media fires, but still. I’m not saying it’s a bad show at all, I liken it to the way everyone seemed to talk on the Gilmore Girls. I just find it annoying when all the characters have the same talking style.

  15. deb says:

    RAWR -love this shoot. She is amazing.

  16. Chicagogurl17 says:

    I have such a girl crush on Kerry. Such a great shoot!

  17. Christina says:

    Kerry is gorgeous and talented, but this photo shoot is just so cliched. A hot actress with her mouth hanging open, legs spread ‘provocatively’ and of course the obligatory suspenders and see-through blouse.

    Yawn. Is there ANY actress out there who doesn’t feel the need to do the stereotypically ‘sexy’ thing?

  18. Lucy2 says:

    She is really pretty. I keep thinking about checking out her show, I’ve heard it’s good.
    I want to see the movie but the more I read about it, I might wait. I don’t know. I’m mostly wanting to see it because I like the cast so much.

  19. Flim says:

    She’s gorgeous! But can we talk about her playing blind in that superhero movie? Yikes…

  20. mzthirtyeight says:

    I see I’m either alone or in the minority here, but while I think she’s attractive, I think she’s overrated-and these pics with the mouth open crap isn’t my dig. In interviews, I do think she sounds fairly intelligent, but self-important as well.

  21. Emma says:

    She looks gorgeous. More photoshoots with this goddess please!

  22. annabelle says:

    1. Close your mouth Kerry.
    2. This is likely the first time photoshop has been used to *add* weight to someone’s frame. She has been thin enough to be of some concern lately.
    3. I think she is stunning beautiful and talented and I think her points about playing a slave are valid. However, if she (or another black actress) didn’t, and they put a white girl in black face in that role folks would be (rightfully) incensed.

  23. aims says:

    Stunning. Kerry is sooooo stunning.

  24. TG says:

    Kerry is one of those atresses who are so beautiful I just can’t stop staring at her. Those lips are to die for. I first noticed her on the red carpet and have been obsessed ever since and only recently learned about her show Scandel. I never watch regular TV but I will see if I can get the episodes on Netflix since I have heard great things about the show.

  25. claire says:

    I’ve always liked her and she’s stunningly beautiful. But that open-mouth thing is too Jessica Simpson-ish for me.

  26. Mica says:

    She reminded me of Jessica Alba in a certain way. Maybe her eyes..?

  27. I Choose Me says:

    Love her. She’s a Boss but I’d love this photo shoot even more if every.single.damn.shot was not ye olde open mouth. Aren’t models/actresses allowed to freaking smile in photo shoots anymore? FTLofP, stop with the damn parted mouth!

  28. Sweet Dee says:

    Gorge. I sense a new girl-crush coming on.

  29. LA says:

    Def stunning. This chick and her show Scandal RULES!!!

  30. UghInsomnia says:

    CLOSE YOUR MOUTH! She’s so lovely, but I cannot stand to see the half-open mouth pose in pictures. Hoping to catch flies, as my grandma would say.

  31. Chasity says:

    The magazine is called UPTOWN. Not UPTOWN Girls.
    Thats the name of the magazine web series.