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Keira releases statement about Harvey Weinstein

Keira Knightley has joined the chorus of condemnation which has greeted the numerous revelations about Harvey Weinstein, the man behind two of her own film hits. Knightley, who won a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her part in the Weinstein produced drama The Imitation Game and was photographed with him at Hollywood parties, said she was “profoundly shocked” by reports of his “disgusting behaviour”, in an statement sent to The Telegraph.

I worked with Mr Weinstein twice and although he was bullish in his marketing of the films, he was always professional with me. I am profoundly shocked by the reports of his disgusting behaviour.

I had heard rumours of his tantrums and bullying but not of the extreme sexual harassment and abuse that is coming to light now.

I would like to applaud the extraordinary bravery of the women who are coming forward. It is only through acts of bravery like this that we will see change.

I believe we need a serious discussion about women’s treatment in the workplace and the culture that allows people like Mr Weinstein to so abhorrently abuse their power. It would be naive to assume that this is an isolated case in the film industry or any other and while women remain so underrepresented across all professions and in politics, they remain at risk.

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Beauty Secrets with Keira Knightley

Keira recently did an interview to InStyle that literally crashed the internet! She shared some beauty secrets to the well known session of the website, and told about losing hair due movie makeovers, which makes her use wigs for the past five years.

I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head! So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.

She also shared on her new routine, with now being a mother.

I have naturally crazy, curly hair, and since I’ve had the baby it’s become 10 times thicker. So now I’ve been finding quite a lot of dreadlocks. I also use conditioner every two or three days. My skin has also become significantly drier with age, so I moisturise and I try to drink as much water as possible. Aside from that, my teeth are always brushed, and I use lip balm. My new approach is, “Do what you can remember, and don’t worry about it too much.”

Read the full Q&A at the InStyle website.

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Keira Knightley Opens Up About Feminism in the New Issue of “Violet”

The beautiful cover imagery of Keira Knightley in repose might be the thing that entices you to pick up the latest issue of Violet, but the interview inside with the actress is what truly makes it a must-have. In conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, Knightley opens up about what it means to be a woman in the film industry, providing thoughtful insight into the problems many actresses—and women on the whole—face in today’s world.

“Where are the female stories? Where are they? Where are the directors, where are the writers? It’s imbalanced, so given that we are half the cinema-going public, we are half the people [who] watch drama or watch anything else, where is that? So yes, I think the pay is a huge thing, but I’m actually more concerned over the lack of our voices being heard,” Knightley states in the mag. “I don’t know what happened through the ’80s,’90s, and ’00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren’t supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of. Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.”

Knightley also elaborates on her decisions to play empowered women, and says of her role as mathematician Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game: “I think it is interesting that for women in film the problems they face are generally put into the sphere of home and family and not into the workplace. Joan’s real struggles were to get her rightful ‘place at the table,’ and then once she was there, equal pay, which she never came close to.”

Elsewhere in the magazine, female-positive stories are plentiful. Director-screenwriter Nicole Holofcener and Sarah Sophie Flicker discuss female friendships, while photographer Karolin Klüppel traveled to Mawlynnong, India, a village that operates under the principles of a matrilineal society, to photograph young women. Dreamy editorials abound in the back of the book, including those styled by Violet founder Leith Clark and Valentine Fillol-Cordier.

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Happy Birthday Keira!

On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Keira Knightley a very happy 30th birthday today. I hope she has a fantastic day with her loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing her projects in the upcoming year.

Happy Birthday Keira!

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“The Imitation Game” Times Talks/TIFF Discussion

Yesterday, Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch took part in a discussion with Times Talks and TIFF to discuss their Oscar-nominated film “The Imitation Game”. High-quality images from the event are now up in the gallery.