Kerry Washington graces the cover of SELF Magazine and opens up about her fitness routine, weight loss efforts and how she feels about her body a year and a half after giving birth to her first child. The ‘Scandal’ star reveals why she doesn’t think she has her pre-baby body “back” and why she’s happy with the body she now has.
The 38-year-old ‘Scandal’ star famously did not announce her pregnancy, and let her physique make her pronouncements for her. Once she was visibly pregnant she was a marvel on the red carpet, sporting the latest Hollywood fashion accessory, the baby bump. And too, it was a marvel how she was able to hide her pregnancy on the small screen where she continued her reign as the ever-intriguing Olivia Pope.
Now, with an 18-month old baby, a daughter, Isabella, with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, she opens up about her fitness journey in the months after giving birth. And, let’s not forget to mention how fabulous she looks on the cover of Self magazine which you can see below! No, she’s not in a bikini and she’s not pushing the envelop when it comes to how much skin one can reveal and still land, uncovered, on newsstands. She’s stylish in a leotard hugging every millimeter of what are hard-won curves.
She tells SELF magazine, “‘I’ve been really focused on not being ”back” from anything, but being the best version of myself right now.” She went on to say, “My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”
She continued, saying that her manager had asked her a question: “”Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back.”” Kerry Washington said of the remark, “She meant it as a total compliment but we had this great conversation where I was like ”You know what? I really try hard not to use that language because it is not about going backwards in life.” She added, “I think it comes from this culture of anti-aging which is not loving ourselves.”
So true. She makes an important point, and furthers the long-overdue dialogue in our culture where body shaming has too long been the norm and leading women to toil and even harm themselves in trying to pursue certain ideals. Yes, indeed, the pursuit of an ideal, especially one from one’s own past life, can provoke comparisons that are not going to foster self love.
Kerry Washington goes on to speak of her fitness routine, which consists of yoga with personal trainer Julie Turner, two to six times as week. She also does early morning Pilates classes.
She said of her routine, she says, “I try to stretch, pray and meditate right after I wake up. I sit, bring my vulnerability and listen to what comes up.” She added, “I have to feel flexible and strong, like, yeah I can run down a hall with three cameras attached to me, or hold a gun with a negligee on.”
She also shares her insights on the benefits that go beyond physical conditioning, saying, “With Pilates I get to my true self. I cry, I laugh. I get to go: Where is my body today? What do I need today? How can I take care of myself and push myself past my comfort zone? How can I be both loving and challenging?”
Kerry Washington also opened up about her diet, saying, “As far as food goes I don’t have strict rules. I don’t eat a ton of animal protein but I do eat some – I’m not a vegan or vegetarian. I try to eat organic and local and just listen to my body.'”
And clearly, what she is doing is working! And in sharing her insights on the passages of our lives and accepting ourselves as we are, she offers an important perspective that’s so often lost in the mad dash to make the pounds disappear and to get the curve back. No, as she herself says, best to move forward and move on.
You can see more pictures and the full interview with Kerry Washington here. Check out the stunning cover and the behind-the-scenes video below!
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