OnlyOnAOL: Kerry Washington is the sexiest 'boss' at the Emmys
By: Donna Freydkin
Kerry Washington is many things. She's the star of "Scandal," playing ultimate Washington insider Olivia Pope. She's the ambassador of the Purple Purse initiative, to educate women about financial abuse and how to escape it. She's also one of the smartest, most-together, most inspiring women we've ever met. Oh, and yeah, she's got style. Mad style.
And on Sunday night, she literally shut down the Emmys red carpet, in a side-baring Brandon Maxwell dress that proudly showcased her second pregnancy. Her makeup was equally stunning, and we talked to her guru Carola Gonzalez about what inspired it. (See our interview with Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany above).
Gonzalez, as it turns out, hadn't seen Washington for two months and had no idea what to expect when she arrived. "She was taking care of her belly and her pregnancy. I get the picture of the dress. I know she looks good. I need to see her in person. I'm thinking and thinking and thinking," says Gonzalez.
This time, because Washington has been laying low with her second pregnancy, Gonzalez walked in a bit blind. Normally, says Gonzalez, "We're all so prepared. We start talking about what we're going to do two weeks in advance. I got there and I had ideas in my head. But I didn't have a concrete idea. I saw the dress and hair, I thought it felt like disco, very '70s. Kerry likes to take chances. The hair was a lot. The dress was very simple. Her makeup needed to be simple with an edge. I did a double eyeliner, in black and in gold."
Like you'd imagine, Washington is no wallflower.
"She's a confident woman. She's been like this since I've known her. She's a dedicated person. She takes care of herself. She's very focused. I've never met as anyone as focused as her," says Gonzalez.
She also likes to have fun. Remember that two-piece Prada number she wore to the SAG awards?
"She loves taking risks. I told her my ideas. She's the boss. She's very involved in the whole process. We can send her inspirations and she'll say yes or no. She knows what she wants and what she likes. She's a risk-taker but as long as she believe it's the right move. She's not conservative. We're all women. We get along. We love each other."