Kerry Washington invests in Aurate, a female founded jewelry line, proving that she’s all about celebrating and helping women.
Kerry has also designed a capsule collection for the New York-born brand started in 2015 by Bouchra Ezzahraoui and Sophie Kahn.
“When I met Sophie and Bouchra, I was so impressed with them as women and as badass entrepreneurs and founders,” she shared with PEOPLE. “I was so impressed with the product. It really spoke to me, this idea of democratizing fine jewelry by cutting out the middleman and allowing more people to have access to beautiful jewelry. I wanted to be a part of this journey.”
“Developing the collection really got me thinking about what a lioness pride is all about. In the lioness pride, there ain’t no hierarchy. All of the female lions, take care of each other. They hunt together, but they also nurture their cubs together. They’re so feared, but they’re so loving,” Washington said. “It just reminds me of a lot of the women in my lioness tribe that I love so much. In the advocacy space, the founders of [the non-profit organization] Supermajority are some of those women, Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo and Cecile Richards, these are women who really inspire me. They are creating the larger lioness pride for women in the advocacy space.”