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Can We Talk About Lucky Magazine’s Kerry Washington Cover?

You may or may not know that Kerry Washington is on the cover of the latest issue of Lucky Magazine. The lady is on a roll like butter! However, Lucky Mag managed to accomplish something that is INCREDIBLY difficult, and that is to make Kerry look anything besides flawless.

Anywho, I asked my girl SanTara of The Gorgeous Ingredient to write up something about it because she was so TOUCHED by how they did our boo.


Lucky Magazine came in the mail today and I’m back in my feelings about this cover. Yes, I first saw it online last week but can we talk about it? Please. Let’s!

Our grand goddess of fine, Kerry Washington has graced another magazine cover this month but to our dismay, things didn’t work out too well. Am I being too kind? I’ll let you decide.

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This doesn’t even LOOK like Kerry! WOMP!

When you hear Lucky Magazine, famed photographer Patrick Demachelier and Kerry Washington in the same sentence you think “Whaaaaat?! Oh, this is going to be an epic project.” Mr. Demarchelier shoots fresh and clean with an almost ethereal lighting. He captures beauty effortlessly,

So, what happened here? None of Demarchelier’s covers look like this! NONE! This man shot Beyonce so fierce that TWO publications used the same picture for their cover and no one uttered a word. It’s safe to say that the same thing won’t be happening in this situation because ain’t nobody checking for this layout. Unless, some random prom magazine is doing a throwback to the 90s feature. Who’s to blame? The fool in the photoshop booth to start with.

Since when has Kerry’s bottom lip totally blended into her chin? How, are they going to erase her prominent lip lines? I’m not cool with that at all! Notice, that it only appears that way on the cover shot. These people weren’t even consistent with the photoshop. *le sigh* As a creative in the beauty industry I also suspect that the glam team may have slipped a bit on makeup, styling and art direction. Let’s take a look.

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Makeup: My heart goes out to this makeup artist. It’s so frustrating to do a good job and then have it hacked up by photoshop. The highlighting is so ill-placed that Kerry’s laugh lines appear hard which makes her look older. And hold UP!! When did she get crows feet? Again, there goes that inconsistency with the photoshopping. And the harsh line on the end of each eye looks as if she was a victim of the tape technique often seen in YT videos.

It seems like the MUA went buckwild with the concealer but due to Kerry’s poreless face, I’m going to charge the crime to guess who? THE PHOTSHOP finger hustler. Dude, why be so disrespectful to the art of blending? I guess it was supposed to go unnoticed with all of the frost on her face. Ugh! I tip my hat to makeup artist, Fulvia Farotti. Girl, I’m sorry they made your work look all terrible.

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Hair: With all of the great wigs and fans in the world, they came up with this Zack Efron mid length musical. Just NO!! The wig looks frozen in time, 1990s to be exact. This type of razor cut is done to create movement so I don’t get why they didn’t let it happen naturally. Instead, they made it a junior Patti “New attitude” hair hat.

Luvvie interjects with: Why do they have my boo-cousin up here looking like she got caught in a windstorm? And not the good kind like Tyra or Beyonce. The kind that’s like “OMG THE WIND KEEPS BLOWING MY HAIR ON MY LIPS AND MY HAIR’S STICKING TO MY LIPGLOSS!” BOOOOO!

Fashion: “It’s Dior.” We don’t care whose name is on the label. The clothes look too old for Kerry. The scarf is there for what? Does she need to keep her vocal cords warm? Singers do that ya know. She looks like she’s dressed for her 10th year class reunion from 15 year ago. Oh, but it’s Dior so we should be cool with it.

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Naw! Helen Mirren wouldn’t even wear this Betty Rubble frock (Shout out to our homie Denitria for the reference).

Listen, I’m all for trying new concepts. I can even get with recycling a concept to pay homage and/or to inspire a new take on something. It didn’t happen here. This project looks like a combination of an old (emphasis on old) Cameron Diaz shoot and a blown out shoot of Naomi Campbell. It doesn’t embrace what we have come to love about Kerry. This team managed to botch someone who is organically beautiful in every way. In the words of her Queen Awesomeness “I’m mad on Kerry’s behalf.”

How do ya’ll feel about it?

Luvvie adds: My boo is still flaw-deficient in spite of this. Never forget.

Santara is a 20+ year beauty industry professional who is passionate about living, loving and red lipstick. Follow her on Twitter at: @TheGorgeousBlog.

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  1. milaxx
    November 19, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Awful. Just awful. Let’s not forget her eyes look like someone else’s entirely. Kerry has big, beautiful round eyes. I don’t know who’s eyes these are, and the head on the Betty Rubble looking dressing looks like it’s pasted on the wrong body.

    Thankfully she is also on the cover of People and Essence this month looking like the beauty she is.

    • KathyMo
      November 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

      Yes! I noticed the eyes before I noticed the lips.

  2. MrBenibo
    November 19, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Why does her hair look like an anime convention wig bought at Hot Topic? How the heck do make Kerry look SO busted?

    • November 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

      I’m about to lay my burdens down on this one, “an anime convention wig bought at Hot Topic”!

  3. Betty W
    November 19, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Say what, say what, say huh?! Honey, I first saw this and said there ain’t no way in HELL that’s Kerry Washington. It looked like Scottie Pippen in drag. This cover is a scandal that even Olivia Pope wouldn’t touch! I don’t know how Eva Chen even thought this should have hit the stands.

  4. KathyMo
    November 19, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Mr. Photoshop must be Team Mellie.

    • Nichelle
      November 19, 2013 at 3:50 am

      I did ALL the cackles at this comment. 😀

    • KemaB
      November 19, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Lmaoooooooooo true!

    • StillSuga
      November 19, 2013 at 11:58 am


  5. TamTam
    November 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    And to top that, what about Ms. Chen’s response? This trick had the nerve to say that they did the best that they could and along with other distasteful comments that made me say I will never look at another Lucky Mag while she is editor-in-chief

    • Lenore
      November 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

      That turned out to be false who ever said it (probably on Twiter) couldn’t produce any reciepts. No screenshot or anything proving she said it. Still she’s wrong for this cover.

      • TamTam
        November 21, 2013 at 3:31 am

        Ok thanks..good to know

  6. Kiss
    November 19, 2013 at 4:20 am

    She looks like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race. I hate Lucky Mag with every fiber of my being. Kerry does not NEED Photoshop!!!! Let her face be great. Damn. This is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. That strangerbish ain’t Kerry. Ugh.

    • Julia Starkey
      November 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Drag queens paint better than that. Seriously. No way would Raven or Roxxxy Andrews leave the house looking like that.

  7. Marcia Poulson
    November 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I thought it was Lil Mama…

    • Gracie
      November 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Marcia you get a TIME OUT! I can’t even with you! But you notice how I didn’t disagree . . .

      • Marcia
        November 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        I will gladly sit in time out….That cover tho’

  8. KayMee
    November 19, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Her lips look thin. Her skin looks overly lightened and her eyes pulled back… and that hair. It’s like they put her in “yellow face” (is that a thing?) because she looks like someone’s terrible idea of an Asian woman.

  9. KemaB
    November 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I don’t know who that woman in those photos are but it ain’t Kerry I need to seem some receipts cuz……

    I get the allure of photoshopping but this was an epic and ridiculous fail that nobody couldn’t pull the editors aside smack them on the back of the head and be like Oh Hell No! before this travesty went to print!!!!!!! SMH

  10. Shevy
    November 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

    When I first saw this cover two weeks ago I didn’t even know it was Kerry until I read it. Damn shame what they did to that girl.

  11. Dara
    November 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I could’ve snapped a phone pic of a makeup-free Kerry rocking jeans and a tee at sunset and it would’ve captured her gorgeousness better than this mess. Fools. Shame on them. Lucky didn’t do right by J-Hud, either, a few months back. *sigh*

  12. November 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I don’t know what im looking at is this an asian woman?

  13. November 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I cringe every damn time I see that cover photo. Every. Time. It’s just bad all around. But my disgust runneth over because every time I look at that cover I remember the plain ol’ stupid comments from Eva Chen, all in the name of defending this cover. She fucked up…badly.

  14. November 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Kerry is so gorgeous, EVEN I could take a photo of her with my IPHONE — and it would look better than this cover!

  15. Ck
    November 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    You make the words jump right off the page!Great read!!!

  16. dynamite
    November 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    It looks like they really wanted to give this whole treatment to Carmen Diaz, she could make it, so they gave it to Kerry.

  17. rikyrah
    November 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    The ‘ Editor’ should lose their job.


  18. Ima
    November 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I had to do a double take. Do you realize how hard they worked to make someone so beautiful, look so…less than..

    She was styled by a real life HATER!

  19. felicia yvette
    November 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Yeahhhhh… no. SanTara caught it all. The hair, the highlighting, the lip, the tape effect near the eye area… YUCK!! Booooooooooo, Lucky!

  20. Elizabeth
    November 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    The eyes and lips are definitely distracting as are the deep smile lines. Hell, last time I saw definition this deep it was on Jack Nicholson’s version of The Joker. This is just wrong on so many levels. Its more alarming to think that this was reviewed and sanctioned by Anna Wintour. IMO, someone owes Kerry and do-over and it needs to come quickly.

  21. November 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I honestly did not recognize her until I saw the words “Kerry Washington” so take that for what it’s worth.

  22. November 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    It takes a lot of effort to make someone so beautiful look so bad. Just a mess.

  23. Absurdist
    November 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thank Gawd I wasn’t the only one who saw Naomi Campbell.

  24. YKH
    November 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It wasn’t until the last line that I realized who I was seeing..NAOMI CAMPBELL…Ms. Frost herself! They just lightened her to make it look like Kerry Washington. Perhaps, they are/were trying to hide the baby bump, but they hit the table and accidentally erased the shots of Kerry. So they figured, which Black supermodel can we use in her place…Ms. Frost! Then they hunted online for some facials of Kerry and VOILA…Crap on a magazine!!

  25. November 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The Kevin Hart GIF says it all, down to his facial expression. And who gave her the badly flat-ironed wrap do? We need to jack up Lucky all in their Twitternets for this one.

    BTW – Kerry is still the GAWDESS!!!!!!

  26. Q
    November 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    At first glance, I thought it was Angela Bassett.

  27. MsKay
    November 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry but this reminds me of Angela Bassett in the Tina Turner, What’s Love Got to do With It movie! Just NOPE!

  28. nsp
    November 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I hate to be a hater of a person but as a lover of our race, when I Google whether or not these ‘beautiful’ women had surgery, it disappoints me. Photoshop/Plastic Surgery.. when my daughter sees those pictures, she doesn’t see herself and the sad truth is she doesn’t see a real person but an image that was created. And then we wonder why SNL doesn’t have any black women on their show. Because they know we’ll sell out to them no matter what they do. I miss the 80’s and early 90’s where women in videos were naturally pretty and not all factorized. Let’s see the equation would be long straight hair, small nose, V shaped chin, perfect teeth. The sad thing is Kerry was pretty without adjustments, but I could be wrong and she didn’t have any, but then again I could be an alien working in America 🙂

  29. November 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    If her name wasn’t on the magazine I wouldn’t have recognized her 🙁