Don’t touch Keira Knightley’s breasts

Keira Knightley is standing up for women with small boobs everywhere. The actress is taking a stand against having images from her new film altered in order to form a more ideal (read: intangible) composition of perfection. Knightley is refusing digital enhancement of her breasts in publicity photos for her upcoming movie The Duchess.

Knightley is no stranger to criticisms of her body. Her weight has often been a topic of debate among the media because some believe her to be far too skinny. More recently, Knightley received criticism of photographs from her previous film King Arthur. The actress had given studio executives the green light to give her pictures a photographic boob job. Take a look at the before and after:

Hmm, looks like there is definitely more than just a couple of graphic Kleenexes stuffed beneath those leather straps. Knightley does admit that at the time when the studio approached her for permission to do this she replied, “OK fine, I honestly don’t give a s—.’” The back lash that followed proved to have been a learning experience for Knightley who is currently well, giving a s—.

This time around, the actress is just saying no to digital enhancement, despite the studios demand for her to fill out her corseted gown. Knightely is instead keeping it real and representing the flatter chested 18th century aristocrat. The smaller breasted woman is an endangered species in these period films. I can’t even recall the last movie of that genre that I saw where the woman’s cupeth didn’t overfloweth. Excessive cleavage is seemingly as mandatory prop as the horse and carriage.

A spokesperson for Knightley said, “She has insisted that her figure stay in its natural state. She is proud of her body and doesn’t want it altered.” Let the corset burning begin!

This is not the first time an actress’s bosom has been enhanced through the magic of Photoshop. As Dorothy Snarker told us, an image on the Warner Bros website promoting the IMAX 3D version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had Emma Watson experiencing the wonders of puberty right before our scandalized eyes.

We knew better than to think that this was the naughty magic of Harry Potter did this, but rather the naughty studio trying to subtly market their film. The image, after much outrage, was promptly taken down after the studio said it was “accidentally” posted. (And of course we believe it was an accident. I am sure that someone in the graphics department wasn’t paying attention and, oops, gave Watson a new cup size. Then he or she probably tripped over his or her mouse cord and fell face first onto the keyboard, inadvertently launching an advertising publication for an IMAX movie whose entire draw is taking films and making them well, bigger. This sort of thing must happen all the time.)

Knightley’s stand against the studio by showing pride in her body is a huge step in the direction of Photoshop control. If any progress is to be made in curtailing airbrushing beyond the basic necessities of say, red eye reduction (because no one wants their celebrities looking like demons), then more big named stars need to take this same type of stand. Whether or not Knightley privately wishes some things were different about her body (and who among us doesn’t have that list), she is proud and honest about the body that she has. Now that’s what I call a real woman.

What do you think: Should limits be placed on how much images in the media can be altered?

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