This is a really uncomfortable, crappy photo of Kiera Knightley, and I don’t understand what Allure was thinking. First of all, there’s the fact that she looks like Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy) and her face looks likes it has being retouched to oblivion. Her facial expression looks ridiculous. And then of course there’s the issue of the right nipple, which appears to have gone amiss.
The editor has gone on record to say that they “didn’t do any surgery to Keira Knightley’s breasts — neither with a scalpel nor a retoucher” (source) but I’m not sure I believe that. Either her breasts are a very strange shape, her nipples are practically in her armpits, or they did in fact “remove” the nipple (maybe it was just using a load of makeup.) Even if they didn’t, the photo still looks really WEIRD. Why is it on a magazine cover? It is super uncomfortable and not in a I-can-almost-see-her-nipple way, but a what-the-hell-is-going-on-with-her-breast way. How did this get approved? Aren’t there people (editors, publicists, art directors, publishers) that put a stop to this kind of thing?