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August 04, 2016 07:03 AM

As the first New York Fashion Week invitations begin to trickle into our inboxes (giving us anxiety we didn’t even know was possible in August), it can only mean one thing. The September issues are officially upon us.

Yes, we are aware that the dog days of summer have barely begun, but as you should well know by now, the most important annual edition of every fashion publication worth its Manolos waits for no man. And while we’ve already seen some pretty great ones so far, InStyle’s Kerry Washington cover just might take the cake.


In addition to taking a handful of gorgeous headshots for the magazine, the actress also sat down with  InStyle Editor-in-Chief, Ariel Foxman, to continue a discussion they started back on a panel they were on together at SXSW.

In the Q&A, Foxman asks about Kerry’s choice to take a break from social media, to which she says, “I was starting to feel overwhelmed, like there was too much noise. I felt like I had to get back to who Kerry really is … I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me. There’s something about pregnancy–that willingness to take up more space in the world — that is liberating.”

And the Scandal star made it clear throughout the interview that expecting her second child has affected her worldview in more ways than one. “I think pregnancy prepares you for what’s next–that ‘fourth’ trimester of actually having the infant,” she told Foxman, “There is so much about it that’s like the warm-up to the big game: the surrender, the lack of control. It’s a time to quiet other voices and really tune in to what’s right for me.”

However, not everything about being pregnant is all zen and roses. “There’s nothing high-end for professional women who are pregnant,” she bemoans, “So for the show, we wind up just buying the same clothes. We will cut out the front of Armani trousers and put in a pregnancy panel. That’s what we do for everything. I also got this great idea from Jessica Alba: She told me she had this box of maternity clothes that she would ship from girlfriend to girlfriend … I’m now getting clothes back that I wore the first time. Everybody adds cute stuff to the box. You’re less afraid to spend money because you feel a lot of people are going to use it.” Pregnant women everywhere on a budget take note.

But Kerry’s not only busy planning to be a new mom again and shooting her smash hit TV show, she’s also launching her very own nail polish collection with OPI. “When OPI first approached me about working with them on a line of nail polish, I said, ‘If you just want me to smile for the ad, then I’m not interested,'” she told Foxman. “But they truly wanted my creative input and vision. My line is called the Washington DC Collection. When I spoke at the [2012] Democratic convention, my speech was really about those first three words of our constitution, “We the people,” and what it really means to honestly include the people. It was important to me in designing the colors that they look good on everyone and really celebrate diversity. I’ve had enough experiences in life of being in rooms that I was allowed to be in as long as I sat at the edge, as long as I didn’t want to change anything or shake things up.”

As for what’s next for the Emmy-nominated actress? “I am not interested in playing by other people’s rules. So for now, I’m leaving myself open to the adventure.”

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