Of course we all love to know what fabulous designer threads our favorite starlets wear to ritzy events like the Oscars or Grammys. We will even Insta stalk them in order to locate that lipstick, eyeshadow or eyebrow kit we assume they must be using to look so amazing on the red carpet. Nevertheless, our favorite entertainers and Entertainment Weekly want us to begin to go a little bit deeper.
Entertainment Weekly issue #1402 that is dated February 12, 2016 is all about going beyond the beauty. EW is aiming to dig into topics facing entertainers such unequal pay or opportunities, being business owners and the Oscar diversity controversy. Entertainment Weekly Editor-In-Chief Henry Goldblatt explains:
“The genesis of this idea was how to get EW involved in the beauty and fashion space. Beauty has always been a difficult fit for us. What is our role on the red carpet? We don’t cover designers and makeup, we cover entertainment and pop culture. I’m committed to continuing this platform throughout the year and making sure our reporters ask about more than what women are wearing and put the [actresses’] work first.”
Scandal superstar, Kerry Washington, covers the Entertainment Weekly issue along with Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Banks. Therefore, what is on Kerry Washington’s mind? She states,
“It reminds me of this line that Shonda Rhimes wrote on our show that has really resonated with African Americans. Its the idea that you have to be twice as good to get half of what they have. It’s something that most black people I talk to, when they heard that line, it completely resonated with how they were raised and the message their parents gave them. ‘That’s just the truth.’ I think it’s the same for women. You just know you have to be twice as good. In a way, until girls don’t have that feeling, we will not have done our jobs. That’s almost the point: to not feel the pressure to be extraordinary.”
Well said Kerry and we have to say that you are doing a very good job at accomplishing that. It is also Black History Month for us here in the States, so why don’t we all dig a little deeper and get inspired by those who have come before us. Let us not compare each other by our own level of success but in the fact it is possible for all of us to be successful.
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