Kerry Washington Becomes OPI Creative Ambassador
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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According to reports, Scandal star Kerry Washington is adding ‘creative ambassador’ to her résumé. She was recently named the first-ever creative ambassador of OPI nail polish.

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Washington, 38, will be co-curating shades and creating polish names with the company’s co-founder and brand ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.

“I am a huge fan of OPI and was ecstatic when Suzi approached me to partner with the brand,” Washington said in a news release. “I’m so inspired by Suzi and what she has built with the OPI brand. OPI’s broad spectrum of fashionable colors and iconic names have become an industry standard. I’m thrilled to work with Suzi on developing gorgeous new shades and exciting new names.”

Weiss-Fischmann reportedly swooned over Washington’s involvement with the brand as well, US Weekly reports.

“One of my favorite shows is Scandal,” she said. “I noticed that the show was on the tip of everyone’s tongue from the boardroom to the watercooler, and [that] Kerry had unquestionably become a role model for women everywhere. She truly empowers women of all ages. She is bold, fashionable, and loves nail lacquer.”

This is not Washington’s first foray into the style industry, as she worked on a Scandal-inspired fashion line with the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and retail clothing brand The Limited.

The 42-piece collection, which was launched in late September, includes slacks, blouses, sweaters, dresses, and jackets that are available in The Limited stores nationwide as well as via their Website.

Since 2013, Washington has also been a creative consultant with Neutrogena and the brand is reportedly expanding its foundation colors and lip shades. Washington has said of her involvement with the brand that there’s a vital need to offer a diverse array of shades for consumers.

“I want to increase access to beauty to women of all ethnicities,” she told WWD. “Nude looks different depending on your skin tone and that’s the fashion and beauty world I want to live in, where everyone has the ability to express the beauty that reflects them. I love being able to be an influencer in the space.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.