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Here's the real reason why Keira Knightley went topless for a magazine cover

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Baring breasts on the runway and in magazines has become pretty commonplace in the fashion industry. Recently, Keira Knightley revealed her motivations behind posing topless for the September issue of Interview Magazine and it wasn't for fashion.

The 29-year-old actress said the topless photo was taken in protest of Photoshop. 

"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 said. "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."

Knightley is taking a stand against Photoshop after multiple incidents occurred where her body was distorted in photographs. The actress' breasts were edited to appear bigger in a 2004 poster for King Arthur, which caused many to attack the actress. And many people thought her 2009 Chanel ads were also heavily airbrushed. 

Taking a stand against society's standards for female beauty, Knightley said she is "glad feminism is back on the table." This month she also shared her feelings about movies, saying she is annoyed that films today reflect what middle-aged white men want to see and identify with.

"I think women's bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame," Knightley said. "Our society is so photographic now, it becomes more difficult to see all of those different varieties of shape."

Knightley's topless photo was part of a shoot to celebrate The Photographer issue of the the popular magazine. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Knightley's flawless back and white photo features the star wearing lace black gloves with wet hair. She is one of the six women who was photographed for different covers of the magazine.

Knightley will make her Broadway debut next October in an adaption of Thérèse Raquin, and co-stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game.

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