Saturday, April 4, 2015

Keira Knightley Deserves A High Five For These Feminist Truth Bombs

By Nova M. Bajamonti
April 4, 2015

Patrick Demarchelier/Interview

Actress Keira Knightley proudly labels herself a feminist and regularly stands up for women. She’s been outspoken in interviews, advocating for better treatment of women in entertainment, whether it’s the roles available to them or the way their bodies are portrayed in magazines.

Yet, why is it that when we think of celebrity feminists, she isn’t in the notorious feminist echelon of Beyonce, Lorde, Taylor Swift and Emma Watson?

She’s fearless when it comes to her bold opinions, and that’s why, when we’re looking for more role models in Hollywood, we should look straight at Knightley. It’s time for Keira Knightley to take her rightful place in the ranks of Hollywood feminist heroes.

Here are just a few reasons we’re loving her right now.

When it comes to Photoshop, she just says no.

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In November she protested against the way women are constantly picked apart through Photoshop by posing topless in Interview Magazine, refusing retouching. Not only did this please those who support the #freethenipple campaign (Miley’s a proud one!) but it demanded that women are respected for the body that they naturally have.

“Knightley told Time. “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.”

While celebrity photography can be artful, she also said it can be problematic when it manipulates women’s images. “I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame,” she said.

An old photoshop from "King Arthur"  She's really just as gorgeous without the bigger cup size.


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