Kerry Washington Emulates Iconic Grace Jones Look on Instagram

The actress made herself up to look like the style trendsetter of the 1970s.
Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Throughout the month of February, award-winning actress Kerry Washington has been recreating the looks of historic Black women in an Instagram series she dubbed “#BlackHERstory.” She’s dressed up as everyone from Darlene Love to Debi Thomas, and Washington clearly saved her best recreation for last, as her Feb. 24 post was truly incredible.

In the original photo, circa the 1970s, the iconic model wore an orange scarf wrapped around her head, a leather cap and matching motorcycle jacket. Her bold makeup included orange, purple and black eyeshadow, while her eyebrows were heavily penciled and she sported black lipstick.

Washington matched both the outfit and glam expertly, right down to the scarf. The Scandal actress credited makeup artist Sheri Knight with helping her achieve the dupe, and she also tagged hairstylist Linda Villalobos.

The 46-year-old gushed about Jones in her caption, whom she referred to as an icon.

“Taking the world by storm as one of the first black supermodels in the 1970s, Grace Jones has always been in a league of her own,” she wrote. “Her image celebrated Blackness and challenged gender norms; she presented something we had never seen before in entertainment world. Bold and unapologetic.”

Washington later added that Jones is a “muse” and “inspiration” before asking her followers if they’d like to see a #BlackHERstory video series.

“Yes!! The Iconic Grace Jones, one of the best to ever do it🔥,” a follower concurred.

“Yes for #blackHERstory series, and this is epic! #nailedit #assignmentunderstood🔥❤️,” someone else added.

“Yes, that should definitely be a video series ❤️,” another fan agreed.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.