Kerry kills it at Women in Film event
Hot momma coming through!
Scandal star Kerry Washington stepped out for her first official event since giving birth to daughter Isabelle Amarachi on April 21.
The 37-year-old was being honoured at the Women in Film's 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards, alongside fellow actresses Cate Blanchett and Eva Longoria.
And boy, did she make an impact.
Actresses Kerry Washington (left) and Eva Longoria at the Women in Film red carpet in Los Angeles. PHOTO: AFP
After receiving the honour from her boss, Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Washington launched into an inspiring speech, urging women to "step up".
“I work for a woman, Shonda Rhimes, who because of her courage to step into her light, and step up and own her voice, has provided an opportunity for so many other women to soar, in front of and behind the camera. That’s what happens when we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it’s because we inspire other people or employ other people or both.”
She said women are usually too scared of failure to take risks:
"... we as women put ourselves in this situation of feeling like we can’t take a risk, like in order to step out there we have to be perfect, because we’re scared that if we don’t say the right thing, or do the right thing, that we’ll reflect poorly on ourselves and our community, whether that community be women, people of colour, both."
She underscored her point by ending with the wish that it would soon "no longer" be exceptional "for women to do anything extraordinary in this business".
Read the full speech here.
Sources: New York Daily News, Buzzfeed