Thank You, Keira.

My initial thought when seeing this photograph was 'huh?'

I wasn't aware of Keira's protest against photoshop and I just saw this photo as another magazine shoot. So, there I was, sat with my head tilted, eyebrows screwed, looking at this photo, figuring out what was wrong with it - and then I got it. NOTHING is wrong with this photograph. Nothing. I got it!

I sat looking at her boobs in this picture wondering if it was the lighting of the shoot or whether they were actually like that, and to discover the latter was correct was almost a relief.

My biggest insecurity are my boobs. I have an every day battle trying to get comfortable about them, battling over whether I need a push-up bra or if I should just throw a hoody on and not have to be too concerned.
I over-think about what people will think when they look at my chest and I over-think what bra to wear with certain tops. I put myself off wearing dresses and tops that I absolutely love, because I don't feel that I can fill them out enough. I compare myself. I compare myself to every other girl out there and it holds a firm grip on my confidence.

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

I am obsessed with the celebrity culture. I'm obsessed with 'perfect' people. I'm obsessed with the likes of popstars, Victoria's Secret Angels, the Kardashians, supermodels - all of which star in magazines that I love. All of which are photoshopped beyond my belief, yet I'm still admittedly envious of how they look.

I can't help it.

This photograph, though, changed something inside of me.
It's a woman, a celebrity woman with small, mis-matched breasts. A woman that is in the public eye and not afraid to show off that she is imperfect, that she doesn't have the Kim Kardashian bum, Katy Perry's boobs or the Victoria's Secret body. She is just her, stood there, showing her body off and going 'yes, this is me!'

"It’s much easier to take a picture of somebody without a shape; it simply is. Whereas you need tremendous skill to be able to get a woman’s shape and make it look like it does in life, which is always beautiful.” - Keira Knightley

Thank you! For showing a real woman's breasts aren't always circular, even and perfect.
Thank you! For shunning photoshop.
Thank you! For showing the world that it's okay to not be perfect.
Thank you! For showing me that it's okay not to be perfect.

Admittedly, I'm still not confident with my body nor my boobs, but this one photo is hopefully the start of a change in the media, a change in how women see each other and a change in how women see themselves.
And hopefully it'll slowly begin a change in how I see 'perfect' people, and maybe, if there are enough of us that feel the same, the media will pick up on that too, and start portraying women for who they are, not who we, I, expect them to be.

I want to open up a magazine and see a photoshoot of a famous popstar with boobs hanging where they're supposed to be, not perfectly out from the chest, with stretchmarks where we all have them, with the odd blemish that we, as humans, cannot help.
I want to see imperfections and I want to appreciate them. I want to love them, I want to accept them, and I don't want it to be an issue that I feel I have to blog about, because I want it to be normal.

So, thank you, Keira, for taking that big step towards exhorting us all to be ok with imperfections.

P.s. Your boobs rock.

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