As a child, Kerry Washington wasn’t a glam girl. In fact, exploring fashion and beauty was a by-product of red carpet appearances as her acting career developed. But, one thing she took away from her childhood is her mother’s attention to self-care. Washington explains she didn’t grow up with a lot of money, but one of the ways she felt empowered and special were weekly manicures with her mom.
“My mom is a retired professor who has a timeless elegance about her,” says Washington. “She’s not into trends, but she always looked great. Growing up she always received a weekly manicure, and when I got old enough we did it together.”
When thinking about what beauty lessons she’ll impart on her daughter, Washington is very clear: to lead by example.
“I hope I do what my mom did, she didn’t instruct, she lived by example. Actions are more powerful that what you say. And, [watching my mom] gave me room to discover my own path. I want my daughter to find her own path, but what’s more important is her relationship with self. Knowing that she feels good and deserves to take the time and invest in herself and not worry about other think about her is important to me.”
Washington is set to launch a nail collection with OPI August 4.