She’s a hard one to miss these days, with films like Ray, Django Unchained, For Colored Girls and the hit television series, “Scandal”. Kerry Washington has exploded into Hollywood’s mainstream and captured the attention of the world. This week’s beauty caught the attention of L’Oreal and she now represents several of their products such as their Studio Secrets Eye-Shadow, Feria Hair Color and Color Riche Lipstick. Despite all of the attention, however, Ms. Washington stays grounded and gives back to those who in need, to her fellow artists and to the world.
It has been said that the biggest lottery in the world is the genetic lottery and that where you are born defines who you will become and what you can do, particularly if you are born a girl. Unfortunately, this is true, but Ms. Washington is hard at work trying to change that. The actress is an avid supporter of 10×10, a global campaign to change the lives of girls all over the world. Working through storytelling and film, it has a simple motto: “Educate girls and change the world.” Ms. Washington was one of the narrators for 10×10’s revolutionary film, Girl Rising, the documentary that followed nine girls in nine countries struggling, yet determined, to educate themselves. The L’Oreal spokeswoman also adopted one of the lowest performing schools here in the US to try to save it in conjunction with the government’s Turnaround Arts program, which reaches out to schools in the US in desperate need of help for their students.
Obviously, this week’s Beauty finds education for all an important issue to address, but she is also committed to making sure that her fellow artists are able to perform, film, write, dance and make the world more beautiful in general. Ms. Washington supports The Creative Coalition, whose goal it is to bring together artists and entertainers so that they can learn about the prevalent issues and then take the information back to the masses. Ms. Washington also contributes to the Make a Film Foundation, a non-profit that helps children who are diagnosed with terminal illness’ to make short film legacies.
As if dedicating so much effort to making sure that not only children born in the US get a proper education, but all of the oppressed young girls across the globe as well and giving her fellow artists a more empowering voice, Ms. Washington is also a firm believer in creating peace for women in crisis situations. The actress supports Peace Over Violence, a pioneer in domestic violence intervention and strives to empower and free women in violent situations by offering help through hot lines, housing and one on one counseling. The actress also contributes to V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls across the globe by creating events to raise awareness about the crisis; as of now, the movement is one billion strong. Now, the next time you are getting ready for the day or a night out with L’Oreal’s eyeshadow or lipstick, smile a little wider and bat those eyes. You are wearing a brand represented by a woman who works tirelessly to make sure that all women get to feel as beautiful as they want to be. Come back next week to find out who else is showing off her beauty, inside and out.