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10/04/2013 11:26 am ET | Updated Oct 08, 2013

Kerry Washington: 'I Was Really Lucky Because I Went To An All-Girl School'

How did Kerry Washington learn to value her intelligence over her looks?

By attending an all-girls school.

The "Scandal" actress opened up about her experience at an October 2 panel at the Paley Festival in New York. She told the audience:

I was really lucky because I went to an all-girl school and that single sex education really helped me because I really learned to bond with women and to not compete with or compare myself as much because we were all allowed to be ourselves and be unique and kind of have our unique strengths. But I always felt like my value was much more in my intellect than it was in my appearance, and so that’s what I spent time cultivating. And some of that I get from my mother, some of that comes from the schools that I went to, and some of that comes from probably insecurity. This feeling that my value is what’s on the inside, because what’s on the outside can’t really compete with other people, so I’ll place my focus there. Which I think has been a blessing for me. Because I’m not stupid.

Kerry, we thought we couldn't love you more. Clearly we were wrong.

[h/t Hello Beautiful]

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