Kerry Washington: Everyone Should Embrace Their Imperfections!

Posted Wednesday February 26, 2014 10:00 PM GMT

She's known for her flawless acting talents and keen red carpet fashion sense, but even Kerry Washington admits she has a few insecurities.

During a recent interview with's Jodie Patterson, the "Scandal" star revealed she wouldn't be as beautiful without the imperfections.

When Miss Patterson declared how "perfect" she was, Miss Washington quickly stated, "I think you're wrong! I think it looks that way. But the reality is we all have nerves and moments of insecurity..."

She continued, "But if I said to myself that I'm only going to show up, or speak or be visible when I'm perfect, I would never get out of bed. I [show up] to be of service and to be used for something greater. It's about knowing what I am in this moment is what I need to be, and going for it. The 'imperfections' are actually a gift."

Also discussing her ultimate beauty secrets, Kerry explained, "I came into beauty and fashion much later in life - like after college and when I had to walk red carpets. I became a student of fashion and beauty, I want to soak in those relationships to understand and be informed. Even now, when I go to fashion shows and look at the clothing, hair and makeup, it's like going to an opening at the Met or a Broadway show. It's a moment to take in artistry."

"It took me forever to allow my makeup artist to do bright red lips! Sometimes it takes someone saying to you, 'Do you know how beautiful your lips are? You should try wearing red lipstick."

"You can learn how to embrace your own unique beauty, celebrate your unique gifts and then have confidence around them," she added.

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