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Kerry Washington admits ‘I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty’


While there’s no argument that Kerry Washington is gorgeous, the “Scandal” star reveals that she didn’t grow up thinking she was flawless. In a special interview conducted by “Girls” star Lena Dunham in Marie Claire‘s April issue, the cover star admits, “I didn’t grow up thinking I was pretty; there was always a prettier girl than me.”

But that encouraged Washington to really pay attention to her other qualities, making her more than just a pretty face. “So I learned to be smart and tried to be funny and develop the inside of me, because I felt like that’s what I had.”

So when it comes to her baby girl, Isabelle, the 38-year-old says she wants to make sure that her daughter is always “heard.” “I just want [Isabelle] to know that she’s heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want,” she tells Dunham.

“When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I’ve made, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are,” said Washington.

Beautiful advice from a mother to her daughter. Read the full conversation between Washington and Dunham in the April issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands March 24.

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