While we are all impatiently waiting for the return of Scandal, Kerry Washington gives us a piece of her DC life with the launch of OPI Washington DC. As OPI’s creative ambassador, Washington has worked side by side with OPI’s Co-founder and Creative Director to create 15 colors perfect for winter and fall.
The Washington DC collection is filled with quirky color names that fit Washington’s lifestyle perfectly. In an interview with Aimee Simpson, Washington shared her previous work experience in the White House on the Obama campaign for both his terms and how much the city of Washington DC means to her. Washington DC’s airport made a debut into the collection as “Never A Dulles Moment”, which is the perfect pop of yellow for the airport and runway. “We The Female” and “Freedom of Peach” are acknowledging the constitution and the rise of women in politics. Kerry also names a few polishes after people who are close to her heart such as “Liv in the Gray” also know as Scandal star Olivia Pope and “Inside the ISABELLEway” for her daughter Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha.
Kerry has been diligently working to make the word “beauty” associated with all shades of women. Since becoming the creative consultant of Neutrogena, she has been working to expand foundation range and more complimentary lip colors. Kerry told Julie Naughton, “Nude looks different depending on your skin tone and that’s the fashion and beauty world I want to live in, where everyone has the ability to express the beauty that reflects them. I love being able to be an influence in the space.” This is evident in her Washington DC collection that includes 4 nudes ranging from “Pale to the Chief” to the "Shh...It's Top Secret".
Kerry took the time to share with PopSugar magazine the importance of celebrating your self and celebrating others. "I think it's so important that we feel good about ourselves despite the messaging that is sometimes put out there. It's important that we are showing up in the world and saying 'this is who I am, and I am proud of who I am. We have to let the world know that our beauty is part of the true spectrum of beauty. We don't have to conform to anyone else standards of what beauty is. We are already enough and so much more. I think the more that black women — and all women — can celebrate each other for being proud, the more we can achieve and the positivity we can spread."