Sunday, 9 November 2014

Keira Knightly bares all in protest of image manipulation

In a recent shoot for Interview magazine, actress and star of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle adverts Keira Knightly partook in a beautifully minimalist topless shoot in a bid to stand up against body manipulation. 

In a recent interview with The Times newspaper about the shoot, Keira claims that she has 

"Had (her) body manipulated so many times for so many different reasons, whether it's for paparazzi photographers or film posters"

When asked to do a topless shoot for Interview Magazine, Knightly agreed so long as it was not manipulated or photoshopped in any way, because, as she quotes 

"It does really feel important to say it doesn't matter what shape you are"

Keira went on to talk about the importance of body image in the modern media

"I think women's bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame. Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape."

After reading about the incredibly powerful statement that Knightly had made, I decided to do a quick google image search to see if I could find a few pictures in which her body had been manipulated.  The most frequent result was this before and after photoshop shot of the film poster for 'King Arthur' In which the actress' chest has been very obviously enhanced.

Unfortunately this wasn't the only thing I came across on my little google search. I soon found a post about Knightly on the celebrity gossip blog 'Celebitchy' entitled 'Nicole Ritchie and Keira Knightly are deathly thin' here's just a few disgusting quotes taken from the site..

"Keira Knightley is (..) taking the anorexic look a little too far. While she claims she doesn't have the disorder, there's no way she's eating well if her chest looks like this."

"We need a suitable nickname for thin women (..) "Dead Women's Chest ..(or) Something about pancakes"

I've come across a lot of 'skinny shaming' on the net recently, it seems to have become rather popular, even among songs in the charts such as 'All About That Bass' - Meghan Trainor and 'Anaconda' -Nicki Minaj.

The reality of the situation, much as Keira was articulating, is that although the media has contorted and twisted our perceptions of perfection, all body types; big, small, curvy, not-curvy (Have a problem with the word 'boyish' - but that's one for another day..) are beautiful. Although it may be hard to see that in such times of capitalization and survival of the better genes, we are all beautiful. 

If you want to read more on my views on skinny shaming and body confidence check out my post 'Real Women Have..'

Thanks for reading!

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Abigail x



  1. I really liked this post! I, myself am very skinny and petite and I often feel conscious about 'skinny shaming' in the media. I feel like often people don't realise that 'skinny shaming' is just as bad as 'fat shaming'

    Holly Olivia x

    1. I know what you mean! I've also been skinny my whole life and when I was a bit younger I was very self conscious about it. I wrote a post called 'Real women have..' where I went into a bit more depth about my opinions on skinny shaming! I think what Keira's achieved through doing this unedited shoot is very powerful! We all just need to take a step back and realise that all body types are beautiful!
      Abigail x

    2. Because I have a gluten intolerance as well, it's so difficult to gain weight and easier to lose it! I never really saw Keira as a role model but this shoot she did is a really brave and amazing thing to do.
      Holly Olivia x

  2. This is a very good written post and I like it a lot because I've learned something new from it ! :)

  3. Keira Knightley, just saying.


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