British actress Keira Knightley had a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine by renowned French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier back in August, which turned out to be a statement against digitally altered images in the media.
Speaking to The Times about a recent topless shoot for Interview magazine the 29-year-old said: “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.”
Several years ago actress faced a Photoshop controversy after her promotional poster for King Arthur in 2004 featured Keira as a rather buxom pirate girl, and leaked images showed that her chest had been created with a bit of digital magic.
At that time she said: “They painted my t**s on me for the films, which is extraordinary because it’s kind of a dying art form – in the past, they used to have whole sections of the studios devoted to bosom make-up.
“And I loved it, completely loved it. Because it was the first time in my life I had big t**s, and I didn’t even need surgery.”
In 2006, Knightley posed naked for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine with Scarlett Johansson and a fully-clothed Tom Ford, the fashion designer, to emphasize the contrasting demands fame made on men and women’s sexuality.
“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,” she told the paper explaining her decision.
The British beauty has been uncharacteristically candid as she promotes her latest film, speaking out on issues such as gender inequality within the acting industry.
“The people who make movies, whether it’s directors or producers, or money people, look for things that they can identify with and if they’re all predominantly middle-aged white men, then what you see are things that middle-aged white men can identify with. And you don’t get anything for anybody else,” she told net-a-porter’s The Edit this month.
Knightley has been an outspoken champion for feminist causes in the past. In an interview in Harper’s Bazaar in February, the “Begin Again” actress told the magazine:
“I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f–ing shut up.’ Somehow, [feminism] became a dirty word.”