Keira Knightley has always had a personal issue with her weight. While the actress famously (and successfully) filed suit against a British tabloid for labeling her anorexic, she has long faced accusations that she’s too skinny.
According to TODAY, the accusations about Knightley being too skinny have hit her pretty hard. Knightley commented about the accusations by saying:
“The anorexic stuff–it’s always going to have an impact, so I think it did hit pretty hard, because you go, oh, maybe that’s right! I knew I wasn’t anorexic, but maybe my body is somehow not right.”
Even though Knightley accepts her body, she says that the movie industry has not been as accepting. She explains that the movie industry is constantly trying to make her look different. Knightley said, “They always pencil in my boobs,” she explained of the excessive Photoshopping and general body altering in promotional materials. “I was only angry when they were really droopy.
The Independent reports that Knightley’s chest was airbrushed in the promotional image for the 2004 action-adventure film King Arthur. Knightley commented on the excessive altering of her image by saying:
“For King Arthur, for a poster, they gave me these strange droopy tits. A – I don’t have tits anyway, and B – they digitally made them, and I thought, Whoaaaaa! It’s my face on that poster. I thought, ‘Well, if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts’.”
Knightley, in order to appease the film industry and herself, has tried to strike a balance between how she has to promote her image while holding on to her own beliefs. Unfortunately for Knightley, it isn’t the easiest thing to do. She explained her dilemma by saying:
“I am a feminist, but I clearly objectify myself–so that right there is a total contradiction to feminist principles.”