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Kerry Washington Lands Her First Elle Cover; We Track Her Year in Red Carpet Fashion

Kerry Washington Lands Her First Elle Cover; We Track Her Year in Red Carpet Fashion

May 8th, 2013
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    Kerry Washington landed her first major magazine cover for Elle's June 2013 issue, gracing the magazine in Marc Jacobs and Harry Winston jewelry.

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  • "PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

    For the Met Gala, Kerry put on a Victorian-era shaped gown by Vera Wang and long black gloves.

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris
  • 2013 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

    For the MTV Movie Awards, Kerry walked her amazing gams down the red carpet in a high-low design by Michael Kors.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala - Arrivals

    Jason Wu designed the black tulle gown Kerry chose for the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles.

    Photo: Getty Images / Imeh Akpanudosen
  • US-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-OSCARS

    For the Oscars and Vanity Fair after party, Kerry went with a sweeping design by Miu Miu.

    Photo: Getty Images / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ
  • 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

    Washington wore a floral dress by Giambattista Valli Couture for the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

    Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez
  • 44th NAACP Image Awards - Press Room

    A scoop-neck Oscar de la Renta with subtle floral detailing made for the perfect choice when Kerry took home a NAACP Image Award for her role on "Scandal."

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

    Washington wore a strapless white Rodarte gown to the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Kempin
  • 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards - Arrivals

    For the Producers Guild Awards, Kerry chose a classic LBD with playful fringe from Marchesa.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Kempin
  • 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

    Washington wore a sheer, layered Miu Miu dress for the Golden Globe Awards.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-DJANGO UNCHAINED

    Kerry stunned in a billowing paint brush-inspired gown by Giles at the London premiere of "Django Unchained."

    Photo: Getty Images / LEON NEAL
  • 'Django Unchained' Berlin Premiere

    Kerry premiered "Django Unchained" in Berlin wearing a colorful gown by J.Mendel.

    Photo: Getty Images / Sean Gallup
  • 'Django Unchained' Berlin Photocall

    Washington wore everyone's favorite checkered Louis Vuitton pattern, with an adorable bow in her hair, for a Berlin photocall for the Quentin Tarantino-directed film.

    Photo: Getty Images / Andreas Rentz
  • ITALY-CINEMA-DJANGO

    Washington showed off her impossibly perfect figure in a cutout dress by Prada.

    Photo: Getty Images / TIZIANA FABI
  • The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100: Women In Entertainment" Breakfast - Red Carpet

    Washington wore a cap-sleeved dress by Carven for the Power 100 breakfast in Beverly Hills, contrasting the look with a bright red clutch.

    Photo: Getty Images / Alexandra Wyman
  • The 40th American Music Awards - Arrivals

    Washington wore a bright lacy dress by Stella McCartney for the 2012 American Music Awards.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards Presented By BBC AMERICA - Arrivals

    For the BAFTA Awards, Kerry appropriately went with a fuchsia satin design from British brand Temperley London.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown
  • Premiere Of RADiUS-TWC's "The Details" - Red Carpet

    Embracing one of her favorite trends, Kerry chose a mixed pattern shift by Mary Katrantzou for a Hollywood premiere.

    Photo: Getty Images / Mark Davis
  • LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala - Arrivals

    Kerry wore an embellished satin dress by Gucci for the LACMA Art & Film Gala.

    Photo: Getty Images / Kevin Winter
  • 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By The Los Angeles Times - Red Carpet

    Kerry wore one of her favorite silhouettes when she chose this paint-splattered design by Monique Lhuillier.

    Photo: Getty Images / Christopher Polk
  • BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 - CHEVY Red Carpet

    Kerry won accolades when she wore this embellished Marchesa mini.

    Photo: Getty Images / D Dipasupil
  • 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    Glittering Vivienne Westwood was the name of Kerry's game for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2012 Installation Luncheon - Arrivals

    Washington looked adorable in Christian Dior's colorblocked mini.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt
  • "DJango Unchained" Press Line - Comic-Con International 2012

    Washington wore J. Mendel's oversized florals at the 2012 Comic-Con.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison
  • 5th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon - Arrivals

    Kerry wore a sleek design by Cushnie et Ochs with contrasting red pumps and a colorful Kate Spade clutch.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown

Capping off her meteoric rise in the world of fashion and film over the past year, Kerry Washington has landed her first major magazine cover! The star graces the cover of the June cover of Elle, in a cropped sweater and shorts by Marc Jacobs and jewelry by Harry Winston.

For those of you who have followed Kerry since she first stepped onto the red carpet more than a year ago, you already know she’s earned her place on the cover. Beyond being a fabulous actress (don’t pretend like you aren’t totally obsessed with “Scandal”), Washington is always dressed head-to-toe in designers like Miu Miu, J. Mendel, Marchesa, and basically everyone under the sun. And we’ll go ahead and make it official: she looks amazing in pretty much everything she wears.

And, of course, it must be said that it’s refreshing to see an African-American woman making such an impact on the fashion world—her presence adds a nice diversity to a palette that has been far too uniform for far too long. And just a heads up: sources have hinted to us that this won’t be the last glossy we Kerry cover, as she reportedly has a  magazine lined up every month this year. Which basically means, well, yay!

In honor of cover number 1, we’ve highlighted Kerry’s stellar high-fashion year, so click through the gallery and let us know which look is your absolute favorite!

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