On Thursday during a Purple Purse event, Kerry Washington was able to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.
Washington made history back in 2012 for taking her role on Scandal, becoming the first African-American woman with a leading role on a USA primetime network drama since 1968.
The actress, who is an ambassador for the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse campaign, which strives to create long-term safety for domestic violence survivors through financial support, partnered with Tommy Hilfiger’s wife Dee Ocleppo, to create a purple leather clutch.
In honor of #TGIT and his holiness’ American road trip, star Kerry Washington has a confession to make. “I’m not even Catholic but I just think what he stands for in carrying the message of God not being about judgment but about service is really extraordinary”.
Olivia Pope had her Pope Francis moment! Studio in Hollywood, and though Paolo warned us in her soft, sweet British accent that her cell reception was bad, we managed to get the following fashion insights.
‘He’s my celebrity crush, Pope Francis, because he is so generous and such a revolutionary. “So I chose the textile and the shade we were going to go with, but the form was more in line with the bag that she does and we chose the metals together. It was just really fun”. But what I loved about the script is that it wasn’t about somebody in the White House-it was about this person who was a powerful and yet feminine woman who lived in her own world, as opposed to in a circle in the West Wing. We have turned fashion into a competition where we decided some people are better than other people.
Washington noted that the offer to design the purse was a chance to express her interest in fashion without this competitive lens. “We’re here for the unveiling of a purse, which may seem odd or disconnected from the issue”, she said. “This was an opportunity to work in fashion in a way that wasn’t about making people feel uncool because they can’t afford something, or that they have to measure up”, she said. Part of my job is to know what will or won’t work on a particular person’s body, so find a silhouette that you know works well on you. I always get that question and I never want to say anybody, because then you see him at a party.