Keira Knightley has the October cover of Vogue to support her upcoming adaptation of Anna Karenina and the corresponding Mario Testino-shot editorial is suitably royal-looking. However, amidst the usual Vogue prattle about mascara secrets (use a thin brush), Amanda Foreman managed to ask Knightley if she considers herself a feminist. Bracing for an abrupt induction of the latest member of the “powerful and influential famous women who insist they aren’t feminists” club, we were quite surprised to read the exchange:
The feminist debate reignited earlier this year by former State Department director of policy planning Anne-Marie Slaughter, who announced that she was putting the needs of her family ahead of her own career, has obviously struck a nerve with Keira. “I’m glad that the subject is coming up again,” she says. “I remember doing interviews, and people would ask, as if it was a joke, ‘So you mean you are a feminist?’ As though feminism couldn’t be discussed unless we were making fun of it. I don’t want to deny my femininity,” she continues. “But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.”
That is kind of a shock to us. We’re not interested in forcing the label on people who don’t want it, but we think it’s pretty cool of Keira.
Oh, and as the Frisky notes, maybe she’s squeezed herself into one too many corsets over the course of her acting career and therefore understands the value a little more acutely.