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Keira Knightley was sick of her body being photoshopped and decided to take a stand. The actress posed topless for Interview Magazine‘s September issue — and now she’s explaining that she only agreed to do so on one condition.
“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters,” Knightley told The Times in a new interview. “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,” the actress continued. “Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.”
The actress was one of six women photographed for six different September covers for Interview Magazine‘s The Photographer issue. Patrick Demarchelier shot Knightley’s gorgeous black and white portraits.
This shoot came after multiple incidents in which Knightley faced controversy over photographs and her body. In 2004, her breasts were enlarged for a King Arthur poster. “They always pencil in my boobs,” she said following the poster’s release, adding that she was only angry when they were “really droopy.” “I thought well if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.” Airbrushing was suspected again in her 2009 Chanel ads.
Her past jokes about perky breasts aside, Knightley’s unedited topless photo demand shows the actress is now stricter about retouched imagery and the effect it has on the standards of women’s beauty. She also told The Times that she’s “so glad feminism is back on the table.”
“I remember in 2010 someone scoffing at me because I said I was a feminist – a female journalist scoffed at me for even bringing that up as a thing,” she said. “I know it’s difficult to take that from actresses because they are often sexualized, but I think it should be an issue on top of everyone’s agenda.”
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