Back in August, actress Keira Knightley was photographed by Patrick Demarcherlier for Interview magazine. It was revealed that the actress agreed to do the photo shoot on one condition – the photos should not be retouched or altered with Photoshop in any way. Knightley revealed that this was a protest against the unrealistic expectations placed on women, especially celebrities.
In an interview with The Times, Knightley talked about the shoot and her reasons behind doing it. “I've had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it's paparazzi photographers or for film posters,” said the 29-year-old Knightley. “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.”
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One of the instances where Knightley’s image was manipulated was back in 2004 when promotional materials for the film King Arthur were released. Her chest was digitally enlarged for the poster, despite the star claiming that she had actually lost her bosom during the training to prepare for the role.
Knightley told The Times, “I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame. 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.”
On November 8, Knightley made her first appearance since defending the topless photos. She attended the Governor’s Awards where she was promoting her film The Imitation Game which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch.
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