Actress Keira Knightley recently agreed to pose topless for Interview magazine on one stipulation: that there would be no photoshopping. Why? Because she wants you to see what real women’s breasts look like.
Told Knightley via the Times: 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.
I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame.
Told the actress in an interview with Allure magazine in 2012 after consternation with the way her breasts were continuously being morphed and concern that in turn was creating unrealistic expectations of how women really looked: ‘I don’t mind exposing my tits [on screen] because they’re so small — people really aren’t that interested,’
‘They always pencil in my boobs,’
‘I was only angry when they were really droopy… 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.’
Whilst it may be noble of the actress to make a statement as to how she looks unphotoshopped, this author can’t help but wonder why Knightley has made this her specific task to reckon with and why she hasn’t simply ignored what is very unlikely to stop going forward: the morphing of women’s bodies pandering to preferred stereotypes irrespective of how women actually look like in reality.
And then there was this comment on the web that made caused me to wonder:
“…it really doesn’t matter what shape you are,”
Says the 105lb woman that looks like she counts carbs in the single digits each week.
If it doesn’t matter, why do you look like you haven’t had more to eat than ice cubes and cotton balls today? Are you defying an image, or defining it? I’m not trying to be a troll, thats a serious question.