Post-pregnancy figure: Kerry Washington graces cover of Self Magazine

“There are a lot of forms of exercise where you have to leave yourself out of the room while you force yourself to do this thing”, she says. “She meant it as a total compliment”, the actress and arts activist said, “But we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what?”


Washington, who has been a longtime advocate for health and fitness, may spend her days filming at the White House as Olivia Pope, but she always has time for regular exercise and told the magazine she’s obsessed with Pilates.

In an interview with “SELF” magazine, she revealed: “I’m such a lightweight that if I drink, it takes me a couple of days to recover”. “My body is the site of a miracle now”.

The 38-year-old star welcomed daughter Isabelle Amarachi into the world in April 2014.

In fact when her manager told her she was “back”, Washington took issue with the phrase. But forgive me if I let out of sight, out of mind get the best of me these last few months since Scandal left me high and dry like the co-dependent, Shonda Thursday-loving thot that I am. I get to go: Where is my body today?

We’re digging the positive spin that she puts on the post-baby snapback craze. “But in the long run, if I don’t work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better”. With pilates, I get to bring my true self. She’s also a certified yoga instructor, and shares that her and her fellow Scandal actresses take regular hikes around Los Angeles as a group ritual.


Washington, a veteran actress who is well-regarded for her congenial relationship with fans and the media, greets Knight with a simple “Hi, I’m Kerry” before beginning the Pilates training she’s honed over two-six workouts a week for the past five years.

Bjarne Jonasson Self