Keira Knightley : Star Posed Topless to Protest Photoshopping

Keira Knightley : Star Posed Topless to Protest Photoshopping

Keira Knightley has always been under scrutiny because of her very slender frame, and by Hollywood standards, she’s too small.

Then in August, she shocked many people when she posed topless for photographer Patrick Demarchelier in the September issue of Interview Magazine.

In an interview with The Times, the actress explained she was tired of seeing retouched images of herself and the message that it sent to other women.

She decided to pose topless for Interveiw magazine as a protest to the media’s manipulation of female body shapes.

“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters.

“And 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.”

The black and white photos, which were printed in the September issue of the publication, certainly leave little to the imagination.

A soaking Keira poses for top fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier in nothing put a pair of smart black trousers and a pair of sexy lace gloves, sporting her trademark pout.

And it’s not the first time the actress has gone topless.

In 2012 she posed topless for Mario Testino in Allure magazine after she criticised movie bosses for giving her “droopy” breasts for the film King Arthur.

The actress’s chest was also airbrushed in the promotional image for the 2004 action-adventure film.

She told Allure magazine at the time: “They always pencil in my boobs. I was only angry when they were really, really droopy.”

The star has also featured topless in her role as the face of Chanel.

The 29-year-old, who is no stranger to having her slender frame scrutinised by the media, also addressed the lack of wide representations of female forms in the press and the role photography plays.

“I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame,” she said.

“It’s much easier to take a picture of somebody without a shape; it simply is.

“Whereas actually you need tremendous skill to be able get a woman’s shape and make it look like it does in life, which is always beautiful. But our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.”

Keira, who stars in the upcoming film The Imitation Game alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, also echoed Emma Watson’s UN #HeForShe campaign by pointing out that gender equality should be fought by both men and women.

“I’ve got a couple of mates who are guys who have taken the decision to look after their kids and the s*** they face because they’ve taken that decision is absolutely shocking,” she said.

“The amount of prejudice, the amount of taking the baby to the baby group and women turning round and saying: ‘Oh, is it your wife’s day off?’”