Kerry Washington says she hopes to inspire her kids with natural hair

Kerry Washington is embracing her natural hair, and she hopes to inspire her kids with her choice.

In Allure’s November issue, Washington opened up about embracing herself, saying, “I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is. They don’t have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don’t have to.”

She also opened up about how playing the character of Olivia Pope on Scandal had prepared her to take on a producing role in projects like HBO’s Confirmation.

“It’s kind of like being the Olivia Pope of television. You get to change people’s lives and fix problems and be grounded and assertive and of service,” she said. “So it really is a lot of things that I felt Olivia has taught me to do in pretend and then to apply those skills when I produce.”

In the same interview, Washington spoke about getting news fatigue from all of the constant stories bombarding us.

“I have to dip in and dip out, because it suffocates me. Like, I become unable to function,” Washington explained. “So it’s a tricky balance between staying aware and also staying connected to a sense of hope and productivity and showing up for life.”