Celeb Culture and My love for Keira Knightley
I try really hard to fight the urge to include photos of Keira Knightley on this blog. But it’s so difficult not to want to post photographs of such a beautiful human being on a blog that is an ode to photography, beauty, society, curiosity, and art.
I continue my journey exploring the various facets of our celebrity culture. If I am to admit to revering this actress then so be it, but I am sure the manner in which I see Keira Knightley isn’t the manner in which people devour celeb websites, Jezebel, and Kim Kardashian. This adoration of mine is different; it simply roots from my genuine appreciation of Knightley as a talented actress, a classy lady with a good head on her shoulders, a seemingly down-to-earth person who is a better inspiration to girls than the current roster of American celebrities.
This is when I ask myself about whether there is a line and where such a line is drawn when it comes to the consumption of this celebrity culture. I think, “Of course there is a line”, but then proceed to wonder about the zenith of America’s love affair with Hollywood back in the 40’s and 50’s. I think about all the differences between then and now. Girls who would look at Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, maybe primping their hair, pouting their lips, sucking their stomachs in in front of the mirror. All in admiration for the larger than life ladies of the big screen. In a way we do this too, only much has changed. When it comes to women in popular culture today, a lot of the opulence and grace has long faded. The kind of celebrity obsession we see in this era is different that that of the past. It seems that this is because of the sheer amount, pace, and saturation of famous figures permeating contemporary media. In a way, the digital age has made celebrity culture into something far uglier and even perverse than ever before. The constant stream of updates on the trivial day-to-day of celebrities creates a generation obsessed with consuming these minor details. From paparazzi to blog to reader materializes a cycle of voyeurism. I think this is one that is unique to our generation only.
I am always trying to understand the workings of our generation. I am constantly chewing on these ideas so I make no conclusions yet. In the meantime I will proceed to appreciate Keira Knightley’s godsent bone structure and feel no guilt; my own fondness for her is more of a quiet admiration.
Interviewer: Is there ever a kind of argument in the Keira Knightley school of thought to “treat them mean and keep them keen” with boys?
Keira Knightley: I couldn’t be bothered. It just takes too much forethought and I’m sort of like-I feel like this. I can’t play anything else.
GOD she’s just.. ugh.. she’s fantastic.
My Obsession With Keira Knightley
If anyone knows me personally, they know my opinion of Keira Knightley as the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Lol. To me, she is the standard of perfection.
The Greeks had their ideal woman and carved her figure out of marble, etc. etc. but here is my ideal. And if I had a gigantic slab of marble I would do the same, though I highly doubt I could do her beauty any justice.
If you’re still reading, that is surprising, and I will just keep going then. She has a kind of Grace Kelly elegance, but far more raw and contemporary. Grace Kelly’s looks were more held together, and though stunning, still prim. Whereas every look and stare Keira gives is captivating. Okay? Her beauty is some kind of mysterious force that I’m still trying to figure out, because she changes in every picture. And I can’t think of anyone else like this; with every different angle something shifts and you see another element of her.
Still reading? Okay. I’ll get technical. (And I swear I’m not crazy.) Her cheekbones, her jaw, her lips, and her neck are all in on it and they know exactly what they’re doing. The way her jaw protrudes outwards the slightest bit- making her lips pout and her cheekbones stand out, making her neck long and statuesque.
Girl does that naturally. Her neck is a phenomenon all on its own. Thin, long, graceful. Joe Wright, director of Pride and Prejudice said about her, "Keira has one of the most beautiful necks in the world". I can’t disagree. In fact…
Nefertiti- considered to be rendered as one of the most beautiful females in history had the same slender neck and proportionate, balanced face. This is the Golden Ratio, a precise correlation applying to facial features (but also so many other things in nature, plants, etc.) that results in proportion, balance, and what we come to call beauty. Keira has this.
This is ultimately the result in attempting to do the reading for my art history class. Digression. Epiphanies. Embarrassing myself.