Keira Knightley is perhaps best known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in Dinsey’s Pirates of the Caribbean film series, but the 29 year old actress is no stranger to showing some skin on screen. Knightley has appeared on screen in different states of undress in more than half a dozen films, dating back to 2001’s the Hole, when the actress was just 16 years old. In fact, nudity is something that Knightley is quite comfortable with.
“Sex scenes in films – I’m quite rigorous about what gets exposed,” Knightley told Allure Magazine in 2012. “No bottom half! I don’t mind exposing my tits because they’re so small – people really aren’t that interested.”
One thing that the actress isn’t quite as comfortable with however, is the use of photoshop to promote an unhealthy body image.
“They always pencil in my boobs. I was only angry when they were really droopy,” she revealed in the same December 2012 feature for Allure. “For ‘King Arthur,’ for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy tits. I thought, well if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.”
As Knightley’s newest film the Imitation Game prepares to hit theaters later this month, the actress is making headlines after posing topless for the September 2014 issue of Interview Magazine. But it’s not her decision to pose for the topless photo that’s caught the public’s attention, it’s her demand that the photo not be edited or retouched that is garnering her applause.
“I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch,” she told British newspaper the Times of London, in reference to the shoot. “Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”
“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, explaining the logic behind her expectation for the photos to appear in their natural untouched state. “I think women’s bodies are a battle ground and photography is partly to blame. You need tremendous skill to be able to 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.”
Knightley has faced several issues relating to her public image since bursting into the spotlight, from rumors of anorexia, to scrutiny over the use of photoshop on a 2006 Vanity Fair cover shot on which she appeared nude with Scarlett Johansson alongside a fully clothed Tom Ford. Clearly these issues he remained with her, as she’s becoming vocal in her opposition to photo manipulation to present unrealistic depictions of women.
You can check out the rest of Knightley’s photos, and interview from the September 2014 issue of Interview Magazine here!