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Josephine Cusumano
Jan 31, 2016 @ 7:15 am

Happy Birthday to television's go-getter, Kerry Washington! The Scandal actress turns 39 today and we're honoring her with a look back at her best red carpet looks to date. Washington is no stranger to haute couture style and she's always keen to take a risk—as her latest ensembles prove. From her 2015 Met Gala ensemble—an ultra-feminine pink Prada ball gown—to a menswear-inspired Adam Lippes tuxedo dress, she never misses a fashion beat!

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Aside from the star's fashion sense and her Emmy-nominated acting chops, Washington's also an inspiration to women of all ages and occupations. The actress recently got real with InStyle, offering sound advice we could all take to the bank. "I would say anytime somebody makes you feel like less than a person, less human or less valuable because of your gender, your race, or your sexual orientation or any of that, it's a lie." Washington adds, "You just have to remember that that's the lie that comes from their own sense of disconnection and low self worth because you are no less than any other person." Washington sure knows how to serve up the inspo!

Celebrate the star's 39th birthday, take a look back at her best looks ever!

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