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Keira Opens Up About The Pressure To Look Good

The new issue of Allure features Keira Knightley, who's promoting Silk. "I have self-esteem problems," she told the magazine. Surprise, surprise, they blossomed when she went to Hollywood. She said of her first visit to Los Angeles:

"It is frightening, especially when you're 17, and you want to be the same as everyone else—you want to fit in. And if you're fitting in in a place like L.A., then it is a very particular look. I was feeling there was something very wrong with me."

It gets worse. A brunette in a sea of blondes, she went to a dermatologist to fix her acne, and then the doc asked her if she'd broken her nose. When she said no, he replied, "Well, we can fix it." This sent her to the mirror, where she spent "hours and hours" staring at her nose to find its flaws.

I hardly think any of us would see Keira on the street and think, "Yikes, that girl's got a nose like Karl Malden. She'd better fix that." And if Keira feels like she can't live up to the Hollywood beauty ideal, is it any surprise that so many of us feel we can't do it, either? I'm curious to know what you think of Keira's remarks. Do you ever feel this way, too?

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pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I went to LA for college, and quite frankly, I can relate.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
well..hopefully shes being honest..and that's always respectful.
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
You know she is kinda too skinny, but I like how she was open about acne and her nose. I'm thinking maybe that's why she's so skinny though, because she thought she needed to compinsate for her "imperfections". I think she has a gorgeous face, but I think it wouldn't hurt her to gain a few pounds, especially now that she has proven herself as an actress and that she isn't a nameless brunette in a world full of blondes. And yes - it can be hard being a brunette at times - it's easy to be overlooked. I totally get what she meant by that.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
I agree with the jaw comment above. She's a pretty girl, but I have never understood why she's called gorgeous, as her jaw is so pronounced. However, I don't see how that should get in her way as an actress, if she has a talent (if). But it's funny how these things work: we judge talented people as more beautiful (that may just be an exposure effect, they're in the picute so they set the norm) and beautiful people as more talented, or at least worth giving a try.
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
Keira is obviously very insecure, and it's sad b/c she talks about it to the media as a cry for help. She's a pretty girl, but way too thin, and I think she needs help.
areasontohope areasontohope 10 years
I don't have much sympathy for her.
hills hills 10 years
i think its sad that loads of people feel bad about how they look, i do really like looking at beauty mags and fashion but i guess its over hyped way too much, its true men dont have the pressure girls do, i dont care if somones fat, thin, blonde brown or a red head, so long as they like how they look and are comfortable then everythings gr8. its completly unture that just because your bigger than a size 10 your not pretty, i have loads of friends who are sizes between 8-16 and really really pretty.
Rugelach Rugelach 10 years
Poor baby! A brunette in a sea of blondes? Cry me a river, Keira. Try being a woman of size or a woman of color in Hollywood. If she doesn't think she is conventionally attractive than how in the hell does she think she got famous? It's obvious it had very little to do with acting ability.
mrflibble mrflibble 10 years
Who cares anyway?
breakbrooklyn breakbrooklyn 10 years
i don't really care about the interview. it's not like we didn't know that celebrities feel pressure too. that's why sooo many of them have had cosmetic surgery, even the ones that we praise for being beautiful, or add weave/extra hair pieces for their special red carpet events (or day-to-day life i.e. beyonce) b/c long hair is considered more beautiful. i blame it on the men haha
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
1. she is not that great of an actress. she talks like her jaw is constantly wired shut. 2. she is naturally thin, yes, but the way she looks now is not in any way natural. 3. i would be so awesome for an actress whom everyone thinks is anorexic to come out and say: "yes, i am anorexic." not awesome in that she has anorexia, obviously, but awesome in that she would actually be being honest with herself and the world so maybe, just maybe, we could understand the effect our beauty standards are having on our young women, and not just the famous ones.
SugarPrep SugarPrep 10 years
HM. Dont know;dont care;dont count on it.
LolaDub LolaDub 10 years
of course...that is how life is!
cherryice cherryice 10 years
I know how she feels. I truly, truly hate my nose. It's not hooked and long (I'd actually prefer it) but pugged and short. A little similar to Lauren Conrad's, but worse. So when I read people's comments laughing at Victoria Beckham's pug nose or saying that LC has a "pig nose", it makes me feel very self-conscious. I'd love a nose job, but it's out of my price range and my husband gets angry at the thought anyway. I do think Keira talks about looks an awful lot though. It always seems to be the main topic of her interviews.
pandamonkey22 pandamonkey22 10 years
i lobe Kiera and i think she is really pretty i hate how everyone in Hollywood has to look perfect. i don't like Brittney spears but she is a good example people keep calling her fat but she's not and she also just had two kids. People also need to stop calling Keira anorexic she's not, i have a friend who is really skinny just like her and my friend, like her, isn't anorexic!
Beauty Beauty 10 years
So true, UrbanBohemian. I love Karl Malden, genuinely. :)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Well, Karl Malden won an Oscar, and nothing stopped him and his big nose from earning one!
cleegiants cleegiants 10 years
good point softrockstar. we're a celebrity/look obssessed culture. we want them to look like the rest of us - if they don't, we think they're "too skinny" or had help. if they do, they're fat and feel pressure to become skinny. vicious cycle indeed.
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 10 years
We consume these celebrities, rag on them when they don't look "perfect" yet expect them to look on point 24/ who is to blame for both celebrities and regular people to feel inadequate? It's a vicious cycle.
rosyrose rosyrose 10 years
A dermotologist offering cosmetic surgery is actually quite immoral. He must have said horrible things about the features of all his clients.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I like Keira and it's nice to know that they also have issues; that is not just the non-celebs w/ them. She's gorgeous and will have to learn to be more comfortable with herself. However I have to disagee w/ RiceGirlReese: if she wants to wear something and it gives her a boost to her self-esteem and it just so happens to show her ribs/spine, that's not her fault - It's the internet and magazines. Why should she dress for the gossip lovers and press?
Allytta Allytta 10 years
LA is so ridiculuos, all the girls when i was growing up wanted to stand out, and not to be the same.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
I hate that there's so much pressure to be of a particular size, and fit in to the standard stereotypes of what is preety. I'm chubby now, but even when I was thinner there was always something- my nose was too big, my skin wasn't perfect, etc. Now I'm just used to it and try to focus on the actual important stuff. Fashion & make up should be fun and make u feel better about yourself,not the other way around.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
i agree with ricegirlreese, if she hates the attention her body is getting maybe she should do something about it like, don't wear dresses that show off your spine or ribs.
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 10 years
I feel bad for her, but at the same time her ultra thin frame and the clothes she wears to accentuate it only draw more criticism her way. I like Keira and think shes a great actress, but I also think she enjoys the all this attention waaay more than she'll admit.
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