Kerry Washington covers VF, says ‘white women’ love Scandal’s Olivia Pope

Kerry Washington covers the August issue of Vanity Fair. It’s a really big deal – Jezebel points out that VF in particular has a race problem, as do many of the “major” magazines, and VF hasn’t had a solo black woman on their cover since Beyonce in 2005! So, while it’s good that VF is choosing to recognize someone incredibly worthy of more attention (Kerry is the first African-American female lead of a TV drama in DECADES, Scandal is a huge hit, etc), it’s not all sunshine and roses in pop culture race relations, you know? Now, let me get off my soapbox. Kerry’s cover is lovely and striking, and I like the cut-out swimsuit on her and I love the red lipstick (she’s one of the few women who can get away with that shade). The interview sounds interesting too, so I can’t wait for my issue to come:

Kerry Washington, who portrays Washington, D.C., fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit drama Scandal, tells Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp in the August cover story that “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.’”

“It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa,” she continues. “It’s called The Fixer over there, and it just started its second season. 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.”

Washington sees the role of fixer as inherently feminine: “What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”

Washington assures Kamp that she is not Olivia Pope and says she is not as smart as the character she plays: “I have to learn things to be her all the time.” Her actor’s prep includes some student-like cramming—for example, reading Jeffrey Toobin’s The Nine to better understand Supreme Court machinations—and regular phone conferences with Judy Smith, the real-life D.C. crisis-management expert upon whom Olivia is loosely based.

The only child of two Bronx-based professionals, Washington had a socially conscious upbringing. She tells Kamp that at 13 she was taken to Yankee Stadium to see the newly freed Nelson Mandela speak, and upon turning 18, she recalled, “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.” She also says that she took up swimming as a child because her parents told her it was the one sport in which proficiency might mean the ability to save a life.

Washington tells Kamp that some of the best actor training she ever had was as a teen safe-sex advocate, performing self-written sex-ed sketches with an educational troupe in schools and community centers: “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.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Kerry is a really interesting young woman, isn’t she? I hope that little girls (of all colors) find her to be an inspirational woman. I love the voting age story – I wish I had parents like that! Kerry is a college graduate too – she went to George Washington University, and she double-majored in anthropology and sociology. Anyway… I really need to start watching Scandal. I have the first season DVDs, I just haven’t had the time to watch them. I will get on it, I promise.

Cover courtesy of Vanity Fair, additional photos by WENN.

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  1. marie says:

    Scandal is an awesome tv show. Kerry as Olivia Pope is fantastic.

    my parents were the same about voting. I went with my mom and dad, cast my vote and then went out and had a huge dinner. I think I still have that picture somewhere.

    • ncboudicca says:

      My mother used to take me into the booth with her and would explain which person she was voting for and why…and then she would explain why her choices were different from my father’s. :-)

    • V4Real says:

      I took my son with me when I placed my vote for the presidency last year; he was so excited.

      As for Kerry she is a beautiful talented actress and Scandal along with Revenge is two of my guilty pleasures.

    • Myrto says:

      I love the voting story too. When I turned 18, my first thought was: “I can vote now!”. Most people of my age were thinking about getting their driving license or the fact they could now buy spirits from the supermarket (I’m from Europe) and I was thinking about voting.
      Kerry Washington is so lovely, I loved her on the Emmy roundtable this year but I just can’t get into Scandal. I’ve tried and failed.

      • Spooks says:

        I was so excited about voting since I don’t know when, and then when I finally turned 18 I didn’t vote because there wasn’t anyone I remotely liked. Our left wing has moved to the center a bit, and it’s a shame really.
        I don’t think my parents ever voted for the same person, so we always had debates on voting day. It was a lot of fun.

      • Janet says:

        The big challenge is getting the young folks out to vote. When my son turned 18 he was away at college and I called him and told him don’t forget to register to vote this year. Know what he told me? “I’m busy, I can’t be bothered.”

        I laid him out over the phone. I told him it wasn’t so many years before he was born that black people in some parts of this country were killed for trying to vote and he’s telling me he can’t be bothered? I told him, “I will come up to that campus and put my foot up your ass if you don’t get down to that registration place RIGHT NOW!” He voted in that election and every election since.

    • Leen says:

      So jealous people can vote. When I turned 18, my country’s government kept postponing/cancelling elections so never voted so far.. The joys of living in an unstable country.

  2. David99 says:

    She is soooooo freaking pretty!

  3. QQ says:

    She Is Divine and a good actress to boot!! Love her!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I was very fortunate to meet with her at a charity event, and she blew me away with her amazing intelligence and spirit.

      She was very respectful and quick witted, but she also radiated a kind of love and warmth that is hard to describe. I have met many “special” folks in my life, but she was a different thing all together. I completely support her.

  4. Micki says:

    …” I love the voting age story “…

    Me too. I think it’s great when parent make this transition more memorable as it puts a bit of stress on the responsabilities of adults.

  5. Tess says:

    I love her and I love Scandal. I’m glad to see it and her getting so much media love recently!

  6. mom2two says:

    Plus she was in Django Unchained. So I am sure she also has film roles coming her way too.
    Glad Vanity Fair put her on their cover. She is deserving of all the attention going her way. I find her to be beautiful, smart and talented.
    I have not watched Scandal but everyone that I know that watches it, loves it. It’s on the list of shows I need to catch up on.

  7. GeeMoney says:

    I’m very happy for Kerry Washington’s success and I’m glad that people love the show Scandal.

    But seriously… a five extra pounds on her would really go a long way.

    • lucy says:

      She looks fine to me.

    • Mei says:

      I agree, actually. I know she said she was overexercising in the past.

    • break says:

      I find her thinness distracting sometimes on Scandal (like Rose Byrne on Damages). It’s a very good show and she’s wonderful on it… but I can’t help thinking how HUNGRY she must be:)

      • Raquel says:

        There’s a scene in Suits where the main character tells his (stick of a) love interest that he ‘knows she’s a foodie.’ My roommate sort of cackled and shouted ‘He knows a foodie is someone who EATS, right?’ She isn’t even the snarky one in our apartment.

        Washington is a beautiful woman, though…even if I do want to bake her cookies, and watch her eat them.

  8. jen says:

    I dislike Scandal because it’s so melodramatic and stupid, and also because Kerry Washington’s mouth is constantly quivering and she ALWAYS looks like she’s about to cry. I couldn’t deal with it.

    • Raquel says:

      Thank you. I thought I was crazy. I love Kerry Washington–I hope she gets a better role than that show.

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      Same here. I’ll take the heat, but Scandal is the most over-hyped show in history, for all the wrong reasons. Sorry :/

    • sunny says:

      thank you!!!! i have loved kerry in other roles, and i heard so many good things about the show that i was really excited to watch it. then, when i finally did so, i couldn’t get past the first episode. my eyes rolled out of my head so many times at all the cheesy dialogue “i want to gladiate…or something” from these supposedly hyper-intelligent, top-of-their-game professionals.

  9. T.C. says:

    Vanity Fair will NEVER EVER EVER have a female actress darker than Beyonce or Kerry Washington doing a solo cover. Sad truth. Kerry is so gorgeous. Good for her getting the cover.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      Now we have to debate over levels of blackness?? Come on! That seems a little ridiculous to me, I’m sorry.

      • T.C. says:

        Levels of blackness, did I say Kerry wasn’t black? Kaiser is talking about VF shutting out women of color for solo covers. Which they do. The only two black women celebrities in the last decade are very fair skinned (close to White shading) that their readers can identify with. A beautiful talented actress with Viola Davis or Michelle Obama skin color will never get a solo cover.

        VF won’t put another black woman on the cover until another actress or singer Beyonce and Kerry’s shade makes it big. That’s my answer to Kaiser’s question. If you don’t see that as a problem then carry on, live in ignorance.

      • annaloo. says:

        I’m going to be blunt: I don’t think people of other races give a lot of time analyzing about the nuance of shades of black women and other realms of intra-black strife – from outside the race looking in, if you are black, you’re black period, no matter what shade, and are you doing something that interests me? IF they are going to concern themselves with shade-judging, it’ll be about what happens within their own races (in most Asian countries, for example, lighter skin is more desirable too, amongst Western white culture, the worship of blonde hair causes issue, etc).

        This is controversy amongst black women and black culture – right up there with good/bad hair, vernacular styles, ‘acting too white’, dating outside one’s race, etc … anyone outside of it might not really be too concerned, and I’m going to put Vanity Fair in that category. Most people don’t give a care about the shade or (to borrow your phrase) “Level of blackness” – unless you too are a black person– and I wouldn’t say it’s the final word that Michelle Obama will never get a VF cover because she’s darker than Beyonce or Halle Berry. We don’t know.

        And as a person of Asian descent, well, still waiting on THAT cover!

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        It’s not ridiculous, it’s sad because it’s true.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      T.C., I don’t think I’m ignorant, but I see a beautiful and talented black woman on the cover, who young black (or white) girls can look up to. My point is that she’s not less of an inspirational black woman than Michelle Obama just because her skin may be a lighter shade.

      • linlin says:

        I don’t think T.C. wanted to say that Kerry was in any way less inspirational because she isn’t that darkskinned or that she shouldn’t get all the exposure, but just trying to make a point that the fashion world and hollywood not only discriminate against black woman in general, but also especially discriminate against dark-skinned black woman. If you look at famous afro-american actresses they are usually quite light-skinned. Kerry Washington certainly got less magazine covers than a white actress with her beauty, talent and exposure would have gotten, but I also believe that a darker skinned Kerry would have gotten even less magazines.

      • Lucinda says:

        I understand what TC is saying. There is a history of looking at shades of skin. The darker the skin, the less accepting. I think her point is that VF IS looking at skin color to the extreme in that when they do actually put a woman of color on their cover, they try to make sure it’s as little color as they can get away with.

        That said, I think that someone who is not white is probably more sensitive to that than someone like me who is white and lives in a predominately white community. I don’t really see shades. I see white and non-white. So to me, “yay, a non-white person on the cover!” But for someone with a different experience, like I’m assuming TC has, it’s not as clear-cut a cause for celebration.

      • Greenieweenie says:

        Yeah, where’s Viola Davis’ cover?

      • lucy2 says:

        Greenie’s right – more Viola Davis! She’s amazing and gorgeous and deserves more attention.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Everything they say is true. I’d add that a wider nose would also hurt her chances.

    • IamACylon says:

      1000% right.
      I am tired of Black women being only represented by light-skinned or mixed race women. Exceptions are when they need somebody unattractive, a social worker or a Junkie. In my part of Africa most of them are not even considered as Black but as mixed race.
      The issue is important because the media(s) show that the darker you are the less attractive, successful etc. you are.

      • Chordy says:

        OMG I love your username! I would also like to point out the last homely social worker in a big film was played by Mariah Carey. I feel like the 2000s have brought us backward instead of forwards in terms of racial and gender representations in media. Indie films found a foothold in the 80s and 90s and then all the old white dudes who own studios were like “They’re coming for us! Quick! To the Oppression Chamber!”

      • Spooks says:

        There is a level of blackness?!?! Here I was, naively thinking race isn’t a big deal anymore. Dear God, America.

        I would like to see more black and Asian women on the cover, but also women who are fatter, or not so classically beautiful like Kerri is. When will Mellisa McCharty get a cover, or Adele with her body showing, and not just her face?

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Yup, yup and yup. All true.

      • LAK says:

        where in Africa are you from?

  10. Abby says:

    Scandal is my new favorite show. My husband and i went on a marathon this month and watched both seasons. It’s great! Can’t wait for the fall season!

  11. lucy2 says:

    I enjoy Scandal – it’s soapy and sometimes ridiculous and melodramatic, but fun. I really like her in the role, and the character’s wardrobe is gorgeous.
    Her parents sound awesome, and she definitely sounds interesting and well rounded. Hollywood needs more like her.

    I’m glad her show is doing so well – it’s nice for networks to see that maybe every show doesn’t need to be about a white male doctor/lawyer/cop.

  12. Justaposter says:

    I really think Scandal is Shonda’s best work. Maybe PP and GA were warm up acts for this.

    It is quick paced, and you have to pay attention, and as much as I enjoy Olivia, I think the Gladiators are my favorite part. This show isn’t your normal zone out type of shows. You actually have to use your brain.

    I loved reading her story about turning of age and voting, and loved reading posters first time voting stories.

    I have always taken my kids voting with me, and when time allowed with my husbands crazy work schedule, we would go as a family. And like others, we would discuss who and why about the choices we both made (usually my husband and I vote differently)

    We have always encouraged our kids to educate themselves on the issues, read up on both sides, seek out information, and then make the choice best for them. And to never ever let a group or organization think for them, make sure their voting choices is theirs.

    My oldest turned 18 2 weeks after the last election, and he was really dissapointed. But ready to go for the next election.

    I really like the idea of about a celebratory dinner, and plan to use it when the time comes. Thank you for sharing your first time voting stories. I truly enjoyed reading them.

  13. Lucinda says:

    I love Scandal and I’m really starting to love Kerry Washington.

  14. Samtha says:

    Love her! She seems so intelligent and down-to-earth.

    Scandal doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t. It’s melodramatic and crazy and unafraid of going right to the outlandish, which is what makes it so fun.

  15. Nymeria says:

    Gee, grouping women of one race together in one sweeping generalization isn’t racist at all. I’m shocked that the CB commentary and the comments thus far haven’t even touched on said generalization. The prevailing attitude must be that because she is black, she is allowed to make sweeping assumptions about white people that would raise everyone’s ire were the races reversed.

    • Bijlee says:

      She didn’t say anything offensive. She talked about how she was surprised that white women came up to her and identified with a person of color like herself. And she figured it was because her character identified as a woman first. Ie color doesn’t matter when putting people in lead roles. That’s your sweeping generalization for you.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      ???

      I believe she meant that she’s pleasantly surprised to see that character is bridging the great divide because it doesn’t lean on mouldy tropes and hoary stereotypes. It wasn’t so long ago when black people watched Martin while white people watched Friends or black people were watching Living Single while white people were watching Seinfeld. It turns out that when characters, rather than character types and stereotypes can have something other than very specific appeal. Slowly, entertainments for black people won’t have exist to compensate for the fact in the mainstream entertainment, black people were the various network equivalents of unicorns. It’s still largely true, but eventually the industry is going to have to toss out that cop out notion that ‘white people watch tv like this and black people watch tv like that.’

    • Yup, Me says:

      I’m sure that, as an African American actress in Hollywood, Kerry has spent years being referred to as a beautiful BLACK actress. Just as Halle Berry commented that no one ever refers to her as one of the most beautiful women in the world, she was always called the most beautiful BLACK woman. It is a MAJOR FREAKING DEAL when an actress of color is headlining a primetime show and that women of all ethnicities can identify with her FIRST as a WOMAN not just for her blackness (though she gives double celebration points for POC women.) Particularly, as she mentioned, when white women in South Africa, which has some pretty significant issues with race, are saying they identify with her character.

      Seriously, if you just wanted to be upset about something, you could have just shouted, “She said white!” and gone on about your day.

  16. Emma13 says:

    I think I need to watch Scandal now. The commercials didn’t make me want to watch it, but because of all these great reviews I might have to now! Is it on netflix? I’ll have to check.

  17. Anna says:

    I really like her and I LOVE Scandal! Plus, we share an alma mater!

  18. bujalnorski says:

    Alright here’s the bottom line its VF they can put Mariel Hemimgway on the covers. Who cares if there a dark pople on the cover. Its not affirmative ACTING so get over it. Make a blog invest some money I your own little mag and put all the dark ppl you want on it. Im not in vf who gives a flying frack

    • AnniE says:

      Calm down, you sound really angry.

    • Yup, Me says:

      “And embarassingly ignorant” said a dark pople

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        That made me cackle like a goon. Almost makes the incoherence worth it, but I’ll surely be exploring some other options, editor-wise.

        ‘said a dark pople’ See, now I’m having a giggle fit. I keep thinking ‘The P-O-P-L-E, yes that’s the book for me…’. This is what happens when the centipede gets hot!

  19. MeganDraper says:

    I wonder if the articles touches on who she’s dating/not dating?

  20. Raquel says:

    I love Kerry Washington, don’t get me wrong. She is a grossly underrated actress, in my opinion.

    Which makes it even more annoying that she is on a show as grotesquely overrated as “Scandal.”

    There are no likeable characters. Zero. Zilch. No, I don’t like Olivia Pope. She’s an arrogant hypocrite. She sleeps with a married man and justifies it by not liking his wife. She screwed the democratic process for her manchild lover (seriously, who rigs elections for an alcoholic brat, even if they are sleeping with him?). Am I really supposed to like her? That’s disturbing.

    The script and plot seem like something a lazy high school student would pull out of his ass for a project due the next day. I have lolled at some lines, to the annoyance of my roommate who loves that show.

    …and does someone tell the actors to chant their lines like that, or is that just their way of trying to make the inane script work?

    …and can Olivia Pope or someone on her crew please, for the love of God, get on Wikipedia and look up what gladiators actually were?

    I could go on. Scandal sucks. I hope my roommate gets over it soon, so we can watch anything else together.

    I am not judging or digging at anyone who likes the show, I just do not understand the craze about it.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      See…I might be able to watch it if the only issue is every character being unlikable (see: Six Feet Under. Loves it). But most of the time the writing and plot have to be really tight in a show, especially a dramatic show, or I just can’t. I guess I’ll give it a try, but if what you’re saying is true, I won’t make it past the first episode.

      • Raquel says:

        I completely understand about liking a show where there are no likeable characters. Sometimes, for me, those shows are even MORE interesting than the ones where I sympathize with the protagonists. My issue with Scandal is that the writers clearly EXPECT you to like the characters, which just makes it come off as hackneyed and insulting.

        The first half of the first season isn’t terrible, you might find it interesting. I definitely rolled my eyes less at the beginning. It just takes a sharp nosedive somewhere in the first season, and free falls throughout the second.

      • Bubbles says:

        On The Road is one of my favourite books, and I hate all of the characters. So, for me, that isn’t the problem.
        The problem with Scandal is the bad writing.

      • Raquel says:

        Bubbles–I agree. Well-written projects where you hate the characters are actually really intriguing. The problem with hating the characters in Scandal is that the bad writers actually expect you to sympathize with those characters (eg, the writers clearly expect the audience to root for the Pope-Fitz relationship, even though, to anyone with any critical capabilities, it is actually very repulsive. I feel that the writers actually expect me to just shrug and say ‘Well, Mellie is a shrew. And Olivia rigged the election for love. So, I guess they are still likeable…’), and it just makes the show campy. And smug. So smug.

        A well-written piece that has dislikable characters expects its audience to be sophisticated enough to appreciate the characterization in and of itself. Hackneyed Scandal insults its audience by assuming that they will just love whichever characters the show tells them to love. That’s the difference, I feel.

    • lucy2 says:

      I kind of like that Olivia isn’t all that likable.
      Most of the more interesting shows on TV right now are male anti-hero (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Justified, etc), it’s nice to see a female in that role for a change.
      I think if she were likable, she’d be too perfect, and to me that often becomes tedious when one character is too great and everyone else is inferior.

      I don’t care so much for the rest of her team (that redhead annoys the crap out of me) and I agree that the dialogue is often cheesy and overdone, and the “gladiator” stuff is seriously eye roll worthy, but…I still like it.

    • Janet says:

      One of the best things about Scandal is that every single character in it is flawed to some extent. Just like real life.

  21. Nerd Alert says:

    I love love love Kerry Washington in Django and in her interviews, but I’m not into dramatic television unless it’s from HBO, so I haven’t seen Scandal. I was thinking about watching it while my man is in AK later this month, so if I can find the first season I might give it a try, but I’m not holding out too much hope I’ll enjoy it.

    Until then, I might watch Django on the old Apple TV again, since we bought it. I thoroughly enjoy that movie, even the useless parts in the middle, and even though it’s way too long. Damn you, Tarantino!

  22. annaloo. says:

    Vanity Fair loves only ONE color : GREEN.

    If it’s about how people have a lot of money, made a lot of money, spent a lot of money, behaved badly with a lot of money, it’ll be in the magazine.

    If Kerry’s cover sells and makes them a lot of money, you can BET she will be back. You can have purple skin and warts, if you make a lot of money for them, VF will cover you. They’ll put every shade and spectrum of you on the cover.

    I think it’s that simple.

  23. TheWendyNerd says:

    Damn. I think I need to start watching Scandal.

    I don’t think it’s totally weird for women to relate to women of other races though, is it? When I was a girl, I read this series of historical fiction called the Royal Diaries which were fictional diaries of various famous historical princesses/Queens when they were young women, such as Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Isabella of Spain, Sondok of Korea, etc. While most of the books were about European Princesses, I related to and loved the books about Sondok, Jahanara of India, The Lady of Ch’iao Ku/Princess Redbird (one of my personal favorites), and Queen Nzingha of Matamba just as much as the ones about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella, and Elizabeth I (another favorite). My favorite American Girl along with Felicity was Josephina. Pocahontas and Mulan were two of my favorite Disney Princesses. I mean, this isn’t the fifties anymore. I know Hollywood is still ridiculous when it comes to race, but I would think the average woman being able to relate across racial boundaries should be fairly commonplace, right?

    • Samtha says:

      You’d think that, but I know that in publishing, white readers are less likely to pick up books with people of color on the cover. It’s getting better, but not to the point where it’s not an issue.

      • TheWendyNerd says:

        That’s crazy. I mean, now that I think about it, there aren’t a ton of books in my library starring people of color outside of some of my Robert Heinlein, some of my social issues books like Half the Sky, and books I have about civil rights and stuff like that. I mostly read a lot of classic English stuff like Austen, Elliot, Dickens, and fantasy/sci-fi. I’ve never really thought about it unless it’s clearly said what a character’s race is. I mean, I generally assume the people in Jane Eyre are white, but I didn’t even consider the idea that Katniss Everdeen was white while reading The Hunger Games until Rue was introduced. But I never really realized how few books I have that are about people of color that AREN’T about race relations in some way. It’s kind of sad how marketing works. Anyone want to recommend me some stuff? Especially something in the sci-fi/fantasy genre that isn’t Heinlein or Star Trek related?

    • fallen says:

      I’m with you TheWendyNerd I also grew up reading those books. I am not white, but if I can watch movies about white people or relate to people in books who are different races than mine, why can’t white people or women do the same? (obviously not all white people or women)

      • TheWendyNerd says:

        They were great, weren’t they? I’ve heard they’ve gotten more multi-cultural as time went on. Yeah, it’s just weird. I mean, I’m not going to pretend that I’m utterly colorblind or anything, but a character being male, black, asian, hispanic, etc, never really affected me. If they were a good character, that’s what I cared about. I remember reading the Lady Ch’iao Ku Royal Diary and absolutely LOVING it. It never occurred to me that it should be different from reading the Elizabeth I book because she was Chinese. I just thought she was insanely cool. I remember it being longer than the other books in the series, but I went through it faster than I did the other ones. I related to her a lot because she loved reading with a passion while everyone thought she was weird because of it, and I SO RELATED TO THAT because I was the girl who always had her nose in a book. I really didn’t think it was all that different for other girls/women. I just remember always wanting to read whatever book was in that series. I didn’t really care who was on the cover: if it was one I hadn’t read, I snatched it up. I still remember most of the facts and stories from those books. They were fantastic. And the ones about the women of color were often the best. Sondok, Nzingha and Ch’iao Ku did far more significant things than say, Marie Antionette, Anastasia, or Elisabeth of Austria.

    • LAK says:

      After reading about it here and how much everyone loves it, i downloaded some episodes and watched with increasing skepticism.

      I don’t get this one.

      For a Powerbroker, she’s incredibly weak and easy to manipulate, not to mention careless.

      i know this isn’t documentary, but it makes no sense to me.

      And i don’t get the sense that she’s a strong, forceful personality, the kind that would climb to the top of the greasy poll of washington and have the entire town afraid of her as they all proclaim they do.

      or maybe i watched the wrong show.

      And the race thing? i am with you.

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I guess she just got married.

  25. Lynda B says:

    I like Kerry Washington. She’s a lovely woman and a real class act. And Scandal is awesome! All that said, there is something seriously wrong with her head on this cover.

  26. Evan says:

    Love Kerry. So gorgeous.

    That being said, I HATE Scandal. I tried to give it a shot more than once and it’s the dumbest show I’ve seen in a while. I don’t like Olivia or any other character on that show. Writing is terrible too..

    I hope to see her in a new show in the future. She deserves better than Scandal. I have no idea what show people are watching when the tell me how wonderful it is.

    Ps Congrats to Kerry and her new husband :)

  27. Daniel says:

    She is very sexy not just because of her looks but she has an incredible intelligence and personality, a real tripple threat!

  28. Danskins says:

    I absolutely love Kerry and she is my girl crush! She’s so beautiful, smart and relatable!

    I can relate to the whole safer sex activism aspect of her youth….as a community health promoter, safer sex promotion has always been a big passion of mine.

    Congrats to her and the new hubby – they make an awesome couple! :)

  29. Helvetica says:

    Gawd, she is beautiful. Love that red dress.