Keira Knightley & Body Image


Keira Knightley is an actress that largely divides opinion. Personally, I have so much love for her as an actress, woman and role-model. Not only do I respect her for not paying herself an obscene salary (and supporting organisations such as UNESCO, Women’s Aid and Amnesty International), but also because she is a strong and successful woman in her own right.

In September, Keira posed topless for Interview magazine. Instead of the unrealistic body image forced upon women every day of their lives, her image was un-retouched. Where Keira has formerly been criticized for being ‘too skinny’ and a poor role model for women, I’d have to completely disagree. As a girl with a boyish frame (who constantly wishes to be more curvy and womanly) I found the image of Keira so positive and reassuring. She looks powerful, confident and completely secure in her own body.



Keira argues: “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.”

It is a shame that there is such a narrow representation of the female form in the media. It presents a completely warped and idealistic view of what is ‘normal’. There should be greater responsibility in the message that they disseminate. They should not be permitted to heavily retouch a photograph without explicitly saying so (and even then, why do it?)

As Keira states, the natural female form is “always beautiful” no matter what your size is. I can only hope that more celebrities realise their responsibility as role models and put their foot down when it comes to photo retouching. Hopefully one day we will live in a society where everyone can feel comfortable in their own skin. 


30 thoughts on “Keira Knightley & Body Image

      1. With all due respect it is more than my attraction to the more Rubenesque female form or body image. Way too skinny is way to skinny. Medical research has shown pretty conclusively that too thin is less healthy that average or a bit over-weight.

  1. Honestly, there are skinnier people out there so I don’t know why she’s being criticized. I think she’s beautiful and it’s sad that the media distorts body images so drastically; it gives little girls the impression that they have to look like a photoshopped human when that doesn’t even exist. Definitely a huge problem in our society.

  2. I love Kiera – I don’t have a similar figure but that really does not matter to me. She is beautiful, strong and inspiring and should be seen as a great role model. She’s also an incredible actress!

  3. We totally agree that one’s real image is always better than how they’re portrayed. The media would have us believe that not only do all women look completely unblemished and almost inhuman, but that we need to make each look like that too, all as a ploy to push products. We’d love to start a conversation about this!

    1. Completely agree! It may seem a bit hypocritical of me to oppose a the media when I write predominantly about beauty, but I always think it’s good to have products to enhance and not conceal. It’s wrong that they tap into insecurity in order to sell xx

  4. I think people bash skinny people like Keira Knightley out of jealousy. Most people would love to be able to eat what they wanted and look like her, but jealousy is such a horrible feature in anyone. As you say, you are naturally skinny and would like more curves. Why is it we always want what we don’t have as women? Why can’t we just celebrate the diversity of different body shapes and appreciate them all as beautiful?

    1. I just don’t think it’s fair to criticize someone purely on their size however big or small they are! It’s so true that everyone wants what they can’t have. I’m as guilty of that as most people. Thanks for reading hon, I really appreciate your input xx

  5. I completely agree with you. As someone who also shares a similar body shape as Keira it’s refreshing to see her celebrating her shape. I’ve also been ‘skinny shamed’ and it makes you feel horrible because no matter what you try you can’t gain weight. Women come in all different shapes and sizes and as soon as we accept ourselves the sooner others will accept it too.

  6. I don’t find her beautiful in any way .. And yes she doesn’t look feminine .. But that’s how she is and she looks good .. If we were all exactly the same and perfect we would all be without our own identity .. So I respect who we are and how we are .. More respect for her looking just like you and me that those who photoshop and ante hide their personally embarrassment against their own selves

  7. I was just reading an article about her!! Such an awesome role model 🙂 I wish everyone could embrace her outlook, but just judging by the comments on this post and on the article I read, we’ve got a long way to go…:\

    1. I agree! I know 😦 it’s a shame that people can’t see how much of an amazing role model she is. Hopefully showing more accurate representations of the human body in the media will result in less critical views. Thanks so much for leaving a comment sweetie 🙂 xx

  8. I think she is beautiful in her own way. Beauty industry and marketing just follows the trends, one day it is “hot” to be curvy, next day “skinny”. That’s simply bunch of stereotypes. We should try to be healthy, live healthy and be comfortable with our bodies. No matter of the shape.

  9. I love Keira! I think she has always been and always will be an excellent role model. She became so successful at a young age and has held herself with such grace and elegance. She’s beautiful and I appreciate her wonderful body positivity message.

  10. It is so crazy how this issue is so popular lately. A large girl posts this and people go crazy posting so much love. A naturally thin girl does it and she starves herself. Everyone has a different shape and just because she is thin doesn’t mean she’s unhealthy. Great post!

  11. I really enjoyed reading your blog. It’s very true and honest. Keira Knightley has been my role model since a young teen, not because she is skinny, but because she is a smart, intelligent and a naturally beautiful woman, and it’s often in such a media based and visual society we judge solely on appearance. I was always told as a little kid until now that I’m too skinny (even though I ate normal) and people judge so critically on self image, but what people often don’t realise is that there is no one single type of shape, we are all unique and different, which is what makes us special! Otherwise everyone would be the same right? ❤ I love it!

  12. Great post! I’m a naturally skinny girl who does eat contrary to what other people might believe. It does annoy me that girls like Keira Knightly are criticised by the media for being ‘too skinny’ and made out to be unhealthy. She’s a beautiful girl and a very talented actress so these are the reasons she should be talked about, not her weight. The woman’s body should be celebrated no matter what size they are. As long as that person is healthy and happy, why should people care x

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