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Keira Knightley On Body Image, Anxiety, And Self-Consciousness

Keira Knightley may soon find her Safe Haven (oh my, how bad was that?), but the actress best known for her roles in hits like Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement, and Pride & Prejudice apparently doesn’t feel as safe as some of us might expect.

Well, regarding her appearance, that is.

Although Knightley has appeared on lists like FHM‘s “100 Sexiest Women In The World” and Maxim‘s “Hot 100,” the actress tells Vogue that she doesn’t see herself as glamorous or even attractive.

Actually, she’s self-conscious about her body image and blames her career for her anxiety:

It’s the superficial thing of seeing your flaws on the screen. That’s probably going to be all that you see and you focus on the bits you don’t particularly like […] I’m incredibly self-conscious about a lot of parts of it but, equally, I’m aware that it works in certain environments. If you are using your face, if you’re selling it then you become so aware of the flaws because people tell you. And they do so brusquely. So then you start seeing it.

Even though Knightley claims she’s found a way to cope with her “own body anxiety issues so it doesn’t get in the way of telling the story,” she does admit the anxiety leaks into her personal life, too:

I was on the beach the other day in France on holiday with some friends and we were all lying out. They were all totally fine taking everything off and I was sitting around in my jeans and a top. I kind of didn’t want to take anything off.

Some of you may feel you can’t relate to Knightley’s issues; after all, she’s stunning, rich, and famous, and the body she has issues with might be the very body you’re trying to obtain. However, we ALL deal with these kinds of issues (from time to time, or a lot), no matter who we are.

Tell me about a time when YOU dealt with body image issues and appearance anxiety? What caused the stress, and how did you handle it?

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Keira Knightley On Body Image, Anxiety, And Self-Consciousness

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2012). Keira Knightley On Body Image, Anxiety, And Self-Consciousness. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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