This has been a groundbreaking year for black women in Hollywood from Kerry Washington being the first black woman in 38 years to nab a lead role in a primetime TV series (with “Scandal”) to Quvenzhané Wallis becoming the youngest actress ever nominated for a “Best Actress” Oscar.
Both these remarkable ladies are profiled in W Magazine’s “Best Performances 2013” feature alongside Carmen Ejobo, who played the role of “Sister” in “Sparkle.”
All three take on a unique role for the editorial. Kerry is confident and stylish in a belted lace trench coat with a long ponytail; Carmen shows off her toned frame in a lace boyshorts and a cropped embroidered jacket and Quvenzhané looks like a princess in a Director’s chair with a flowing red dress, a headband and soft curls.
Kerry opens up to the magazine about her role in “Django Unchained,” saying:
“I wouldn’t say I’m drawn to controversy, but I try not to let the fear of controversy get in the way of my decisions,” she tells the ‘zine. “I wasn’t sure I was the right person to play Broomhilda, a slave, in Django. The thing I learned most was the enormous strength it would take any human being to survive the circumstances of slavery, because I barely survived it for pretend. I kept telling Quentin [Tarantino], ‘I’m going to send you my extra therapy bills.’ I was up to twice a week on the phone with my shrink.”
Check out images from the shoot below: