from telegraph.co.uk: Thanks to the likes of the activist group Femen, posing topless has become a political statement. Now Keira Knightley has said that her recent photographs were motivated by more than fashion. The Imitation Game actress was photographed for Interview magazine back in August, but this week revealed that the shoot by Patrick Demarcherlier was a protest against the unrealistic expectations placed on women, especially those in the public eye. In an interview, she said: “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.” The pictures received acclaim in these pages, with The Telegraph’s Claire Cohen calling them a powerful, feminist statement.
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