In actress Keira Knightly's newly launched book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), the star has opened up about her traumatic birthing experience. In the book, she goes into the very real details of her birth and then goes on to criticise the flawless images of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton that were shared so soon after the birth of her children.
"My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming." Knightly wrote when describing her labour.
She then contrasts this with the widely-shared photos of Middleton, saying that the Duchess’ appearance outside a hospital “with her face made up and high heels on” was an unrealistic image to women.
"Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate. Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers."
Knightley's daughter, Edie, was born in 2015, the same year that Princess Charlotte arrived.
Keira's views that she wrote in her book quickly caused a stir on social media.