Keira Knightley Strips for Allure

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Keira Knightley fronts Allure's Dec. issue.

Scantily-clad and stunning, Keira Knightley takes it off for Allure's December issue.

Lensed by Mario Testino, the famous photographer brings plenty of sultry allure to Knightley's already bombshell Birtish bod.

“Allure is a fabulous springboard for a photographer—the images can always be taken a little bit further,” Testino told the magazine.

With little clothing to fuss over (aside from a sequin tulle jacket by Chanel), the focus for the cover shoot was a fabulously fierce beauty look. Taking inspiration from photos of Loulou de la Falaise, one of Yves Saint Laurent's muses in the '70s, hairstylist Christiaan worked Knightley's hair into soft waves. "We wanted it to look sexy and flexible—like it was destroyed after a wild night, but not too, too wild."

Makeup artist Val Garland lined Knightley's upper lashes with black pencil, brushing pale pink blush across the cheekbones and using a pearly highlighter pen around the eyes for a radiant glow, with a pinky-red pout to top it all off.

"I'm quite rigorous about what gets exposed," Knightley says about baring her body on-screen. "No bottom half! I don't mind exposing my tits because they're so small—people really aren't that interested!"

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Knightley in a silk jacket and pants by Tom Ford.

The actress, whose nipple seems to be airbrushed out of the cover shot, tells the magazine, “They always pencil in my boobs. I was only angry when they were really droopy. For King Arthur, for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy tits….I thought, well if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.”

On accusations she was too skinny, the actress says, “The anorexic stuff--all of that--it’s always going to have an impact, so I think it did hit pretty hard . Because you go, oh, maybe that’s right! I knew I wasn’t anorexic, but maybe my body is somehow not right."

“It’s very, very hard on women who get older…I can say that when I’m 27, you know. Talk to me when I’m 37.”

Head to to read more, and then pick up a copy of the mag, which hits newsstands on November 20th.