Kerry Washington is, undoubtedly a gorgeous woman. Her gentle eyes compliment her beautiful physical features and her acting success only comes to confirm her many qualities (Kerry is now the star of the new successful TV series ‘Scandal’).
However, seeing her pictorial from Vanity Fair’s August 2013 issue, although signed by the great Norman Jean Roy, got me thinking at how ridiculously gauche the media still is with black women. It’s like they’re walking on thin ice and trying to put the best foot forward and looking for the most delicate step. But lo and behold, the ice still cracks. Why? Because we’re too afraid. Because in our obsession for equality we’re juggling too much and we’re losing the naturalness, the coolness and the easiness.
… as if that wasn’t gauche enough, the inside pictorial, as relaxed and casual as it wants to appear, it’s constrained and rigid, just as contrasting and as appealing as the camouflage dress Kerry is wearing in the stairs picture below.
It just blends in. Forcefully. As if we would be totally ok with Kerry being a black woman but we would just want her to be like every other woman. To blend in. As if Kerry wasn’t even there to begin with. But her face expression is. And her pretended relaxed attitude speaks for itself: it’s Scandal-ous.