Keira Knightley is hardly the first actress to have photographs of her body retouched in Photoshop for magazines and advertisements. Knightley, however, wants to do something about it. Keira recently posed topless for Interview Magazine, and requested that her photos remain untouched in protest of Photoshop editing.
In the British Times, Knightley opened up about the photo shoot. For previous films, such as King Arthur, Keira was criticized because advertising teams manipulated images to make her breasts appear larger. For the recent photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier, Keira decided she’d had enough with Photoshop.
“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters. That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”
“I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame. Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.”
Keira is joining a growing movement of celebrities who feel that women’s bodies face too much scrutiny. She spoke with Net-a-Porter recently about gender equality and double standards in the media. Knightley revealed that she has turned down roles because they had unjustifiable violence or sex.
“There’s a concept of how you should be and I’m not sure anybody really fits into it. I hope they don’t, because I don’t feel like I do.”
Recent controversies regarding the leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses have made Knightley and others reconsider how they are portrayed in films and photos. How much to reveal is a question Keira has had to ask herself many times during her nearly 20 years of acting.
“It’s actually a difficult question: how much flesh are you meant to bare? What are we saying is appropriate or not appropriate? We’re saying that we should be sexually liberated but then again not that sexually liberated. It’s confusing.”
Like Knightley, other actresses such as Chelsea Handler have also fired back about unequal representations of women, as reported by the Inquisitr. Chelsea posted a topless photo on Instagram in imitation of Russian president Vladimir Putin to protest Instagram’s differing policies on male and female nudity.
[Photo Sources: itimes, The Independent, Net-a-Porter]