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Kerry Washington on beauty: ‘The imperfections are actually a gift’

Actress Kerry Washington, winner of the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series award for 'Scandal,' poses in the press room during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Believe it or not actress Kerry Washington hasn’t always felt confident about her beauty. As the face of Neutogena, the “Scandal” star recently opened up about her imperfections as detailed in a reported by E! News on Feb. 24.

A very modest Washington deflected her label of perfection in an interview with DooBop, explaining that she does battle “insecurity” just like everyone else.

“We all wonder at times ‘What am I doing here? What is going on? But if I said to myself I’m only going to show up, or speak or be visible when I’m perfect, I would never get out of bed.”

She does attribute confidence and says she makes herself visible to “be of service and to be used for something greater.” That’s where she instills that confidence in knowing “the imperfections are actually a gift.”

The message that Kerry Washington sends is to celebrate every aspect of who you are. That’s when beauty really shines. Sometimes that even involves taking some beauty risks. The actress talked about her hesitance in wearing bright red lipstick to bring out the beauty of her lips, but eventually she gave in.

“You can learn how to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts and then have confidence around them.”

Kerry Washington also admitted that her fear of the unknown gives her comfort and finds growth when she “gravitates towards things” that scares her.

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