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Kerry Washington covers Essence magazine’s latest issue. She looks gorgeous wearing a white satin dress that shows off all her curves and oversized jewels around her neck and middle finger, but we wished she would have cracked a smile!

Inside, she talks being Black in Hollywood and her childhood with fellow star Jennifer Lopez.

On Hollywood:

I think it’s a really special time to be a woman of color in this business. The landscape of who has the power is changing. We are in more influential positions and are able to have a say in the stories that are told. I feel very lucky to be in the business now.

On Jennifer Lopez:

I grew up blocks away from Jennifer Lopez. She and I went to the same Boys & Girls Club. She was like the dancer who made it big and moved to Hollywood. [I told her] ‘I don’t know if I would’ve taken a risk in my career if it weren’t for you.’

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