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Kerry Washington on Setting Personal Goals: 'Now I Have Dreams for My Daughter'


Kerry Washington knows a lot about following her dreams — after all, Olivia Pope did manage to make it to the Oval Office. Which is why as the face of Neutrogena, it makes sense that she’s heading the brand’s new campaign, See What’s Possible, which empowers girls all over the world to put their best face forward and reach for their goals.

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Pictured: Kerry Washington and Cicely Tyson (credit:Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

“It’s not about covering up your flaws and trying to be someone else but just being the best version of yourself,” Washington tells PeopleStyle of Neutrogena’s new initiative.

In Neutrogena’s new commercial for the campaign, of which 30 seconds which will be airing during Sunday night’s Oscars (you’re seeing it for the first time above!), Washington appears as a voice over, expressing the things that make a woman beautiful, such as “the ability to look in the mirror and believe that anything is possible.”

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As far as chasing her own dreams, Washington tells PeopleStyle that she compares her life to a mountain, a theory she picked up from someone she looks up to.

“I stole this idea from one of my absolute heroes or “sheroes” — role model Cicely Tyson,” she shares. “She always talks about wanting her career to be like a mountain that she just continues to climb. That’s how I want my career, my life to be really.”

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But in order to stay inspired, Washington gives herself a reason to grow.

“I want to always be giving myself new challenges and things to reach for, not because I am dissatisfied or unfulfilled but because I want to stay inspired,” she says. “I want to be reaching towards things that will force me to grow — so I do have dreams.”

And as a new mom, her dreams don’t only pertain to herself — she’s also looking out for her family — her daughter included.

“Now I have dreams for my daughter, for my family, for my parents, friends, for work, for health — I think it is important to have dreams,” she says. “It keeps us growing.”

See What’s Possible will be partnering with the Girls Inc. organization to provide scholarships to help girls in the U.S. achieve their dreams.

What do you think of Washington’s take on following your dreams? Share below!

— Jillian Ruffo