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Anything Kerry Washington appears on the cover for, she kills it. And the Vanity Fair August issue is no different. 

Shot by Norma Jean, Kerry looks shows her sweet and sexy side while always remaining tasteful.

Kerry proves you can look trendy (not skanky) while lounging in a white cut-out bikini paired with dark smoky eyes and a statement red lip. Can you say piping hot? 

If you’ve fallen in love with Olivia Pope, her beloved character on ABC’s hit drama Scandal, you’ll love to hear about how she feels inside and out about the protagonist. 

Unfortunately for us, we have to wait until this issue officially hits stands. Fortunately for us, we have more eye candy photos (and a few excerpts) to obsess over. Take a look!

Kerry tells David Kamp, contributing editor at Vanity Fair

“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.”

Kerry goes on to say that she is most proud that white women don’t look at her character as a black woman, rather an aspirational character that they admire. 

“What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you—don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”

Catch Kerry’s Vanity Fair issue when it hits newsstands on July 9th. 

SOURCE: Fashion Bomb Daily