Keira Knightley Goes Bust?
The airbrushing techniques employed by fashion magazines and advertisers are back in the headlines. Self editor in chief Lucy Danziger recently defended her publication’s choice to give Kelly Clarkson a more svelte physique, and now, according to the Daily Mail, Keira Knightley has once again attracted the attention of the retoucher. Or rather, her breasts have. In 2004, promotional posters for her movie King Arthur were significantly, er, boosted for the cleavage-loving U.S. market. And now, the Mail posits, Chanel has followed suit, giving Knightley a more bodacious bosom in the new, pretty bare, Coco Mademoiselle ads. Is airbrushing just one more tool in an image maker’s bag of tricks, along with dramatic lighting and makeup (after all, the great Hollywood glamour shots of the thirties and forties were hardly what you’d call natural)? Or does it create unrealistic and unattainable images of women? Weigh in below.