Keira Knightley has stepped into the ring in empowered fighting mode this week and she’s ready to knock out Photoshop in the name of feminism.
‘I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame” she told The Times, explaining her decision to pose topless for Interview Magazine under one condition: the photos remain unedited so we can all see how she really looks.
Bare-chested and sexily dishevelled in a pair of black laced-gloves, she protested her decision to ban any manipulation: ‘Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape.’
It’s not the first time Knightley has hit out at the media’s penchant for Photoshop. Back in 2004, the actress revealed her shock when her breasts on the poster for King Arthur were edited to literally look larger than life, confessing ‘those things certainly weren’t mine.’
A "fuller-figured" Keira on the film poster for 2004's King Arthur
Referring to these past experiences at the mercy of Hollywood and magazine editors she explained, ‘I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters.’
She concluded: ‘That [Interview Magazine 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.’
In a year when feminism is on everyone’s lips, 29-year-old Keira has made it her mission to speak out as a proud feminist declaring ‘I’m so glad feminism is back on the table.’
We couldn’t agree more, Keira. Let's hope more Hollywood actresses follow your lead…