Keira Knightley Explains Why She Posed Topless Without Retouching: It Feels Important

Keira Knightley posed topless for Interview.

For Keira Knightley, posing topless was not a decision she took lightly. The British beauty, 29, shed her clothes for a stunning photo spread by acclaimed photographer Patrick Demarchelier in the September issue of Interview magazine, and is now explaining her reasoning for doing so. 

"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 of London in a new interview. "That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said, 'Okay, 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."

The slender star went fully topless for the shoot, standing with her arms at her sides and exposing her nipples. She appears strong and natural, staring into the camera with a bold stare.

"I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame," the Begin Again actress continued. "It's much easier to take a picture of somebody without a shape; it simply is. Whereas actually you need tremendous skill to be able 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 spoken in the past about coming into her own. She told Glamour UK in September 2008 that she enjoys who she is as she grows up. 

"At this particular time, I probably am more comfortable with myself," she said. "Just now I'm having a lovely time."