Kerry Washington stepped out on the red carpet Sunday night for the BET Awards in Los Angeles.
The event marked Washington's first live television appearance since giving birth to daughter Isabelle Amarachi on April 21. The child is the first for both Washington and her husband, former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Observers said Washington looked "slim, fit, and healthy" in a brightly-colored floral strapless Dolce & Gabbana dress, white Jimmy Choo pumps, and the bare minimum of jewelry.
Washington was nominated for a Best Actress award this year alongside Angela Bassett (Black Nativity, American Horror Story,) Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave,) Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane,) and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler.) Lupita Nyong'o won.
Washington won the BET Best Actress award in 2013.
Approaching the @BETAwards red carpet. It's gonna be a fun night.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 29, 2014
Washington, 37, and Asomugha, 32, married in a small, private ceremony in Hailey, Idaho in June 2013. The notoriously private couple managed to keep the wedding secret for over a week.
The couple kept their daughter's birth from hitting the news for an impressive 11 days following her birth.
Washington began acting in 1994 and landed small television and film roles for the next few years, including parts in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and The Last King of Scotland with James McAvoy and Forest Whitaker.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 30, 2014
In 2012 she gained notoriety for her performance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
Also that year she landed the lead role in ABC's hit series Scandal. Thanks to her role as Olivia Pope, Washington is now a household name. The term "gladiators" and the phrase "It's handled" have become synonymous with the series and millions of viewers covet Olivia Pope's wardrobe.
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