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Olivia Pope Vs. Kerry Washington: Who's More Scandalous?

Scandal's Olivia Pope and her team of gladiators, especially the suited and sexy Columbus Short, are controlling the people who run the world. At the same time, Pope's real-life persona Kerry Washington has captivated us with her flawlessly fab, um, everything.

Our obsession has gotten so serious that Washington is now synonymous with Olivia Pope. We constantly do a double take when either one steps into a room, whether we're awe-struck by what Kerry is wearing or tweeting Olivia's key quotables.

Take a look at our Pope-Washington face-off to see how the on-screen character matches up with the real-life leading lady.

Who's more scandalous?

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Political Connects

Olivia Pope may have the President on speed dial, but Kerry Washington has done direct work for the country's first black president and his administration. We don't respect side chicks, so Olivia's adulterous actions aren't respectable, no matter how badass she may be at her job (or super romantic the monologues). Washington, on the other hand, has the utmost respect for the Obamas relationship. "I thought, 'If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show,'" she told Ebony. "Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency."


Washington's has had some (not many) fashion faux pas with her red carpet choices but Olivia Pope hasn't had a fashion misstep yet. Whether she is rocking her staple gloves and well-tailored suits or owning the presidential red carpet with her gowns, the lead Gladiator nails how style is more than just labels. 

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Who doesn't love Washington? No really. Who? Kerry is beautiful, talented and making history in her career, especially with the success of Scandal. However, Olivia has few real friends outside of Huck. And if you've seen the latest episode, not even Cyrus is Pope's biggest cheerleader. She is constantly creating enemies as she takes down men in power without ruining a single hair or wrinkling her suit.

Kerry Washington with Shonda RhimesMaking History

Olivia has a career of a lifetime, but would you really want it? She helps take down the corrupt by being a little corrupt, although she is one of the most powerful women in D.C.

Unlike her TV alter-ego, Kerry Washington has a career worth praising. She's come a long way from portraying a teen mother in Save The Last Dance and has seemingly done it with the utmost morals. She's now leading her own show while her movies are box office and Oscar hits. Olivia could stand to take a few notes. 

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Both women are 100 percent game changers. While Washington is opening doors for women of color in entertainment, Olivia is changing up politics in DC and actually making it look sexy. Millions of fans aren't perched on their seats every week for no reason.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

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Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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