Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley is slamming Kate Middleton’s glam post-birth glow. The 33-year-old shares her thoughts in a graphic essay included in Scarlett Curtis’ book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), dedicating it to her 3-year-old daughter Edie.
The essay, titled "The Weaker Sex," describes the Duchess of Cambridge’s post-birth glamour shot: "She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see. Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful, look stylish, don't show your battleground, Kate."
Middleton has famously emerged after giving birth to her three children looking fresh as a daisy.
"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," Knightley writes. "Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers. This stuff is easy. It happens every day. What's the big deal? So does death, you s--- heads, but you don't have to pretend that's easy."
Knightley says that in contrast, she "wore a hospital gown with paper pants on."
The Colette star also shared graphic physical details of the wear and tear of childbirth. "My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming," she writes. "They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming."
She adds that what she remembers most from the process of giving birth is the "vomit, the blood, the stitches."