Keira Knightley poses topless for a hauntingly beautiful fashion shoot

Keira looks strong and powerful as she's captured bare-chested and un-photoshopped

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Keira Knightley caused a major media storm back in August when images of her topless photo-shoot for US magazine Interview began to circulate.

While the fashion spread was gorgeously captured by acclaimed photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the series of shots were still deemed very racy for the Brit starlet who — thanks to her English-rose features, soft porcelain skin and ladylike demure — is often accredited as one of Hollywood's more refined actresses.

However, speaking out about the shoot for the first time to The Times newspaper, Keira has revealed the not-so-saucy reason behind her decision to let herself bare in-front of the camera. 

The 29-year-old actress has said of the shoot: 'I've had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it's paparazzi photographers or for film posters. 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.' Well said, Keira!

So, the real reason Keira decided to go topless was in the aid of portraying a true-to-herself body image and taking a subtle protest against PhotoShop. 

She might have one of the most enviable body's in the industry but even Keira has battled with images of her body being distorted...

Back in 2004, Keira had a very publicised battle on her hands when her chest was digitally enlarged for the poster of King Arthur; a decision that she had no control over. Could this have been the reason behind her radical photo-shoot? 

We don't know about you but we're totally looking at these images in a way more powerful way. What do you make of Keira's bold decision? Let us know by tweeting us @InStyle_UK

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By Maxine Eggenberger