Keira Knightley: July cover star

She's back and she's having fun

Behold: The new ELLE July 2014 starring the unspeakably beautiful and disarmingly funny Keira Knightley.

Shot by Thomas Whiteside, for a 70s-themed story, Keira models autumn/winter collections by Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu and, on the cover, Gucci.

Meanwhile, she tells ELLE about hiding under a hat during her first meeting with Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, why singing in her latest film, Begin Again, was such agony, and why she wouldn't let a teenage daughter take up acting.

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'Oh, 100%, I’d absolutely tell her not to. I would 150 million trillion per cent be totally discouraging. Teenage years should be done privately. You should be going out and getting unbelievably drunk, getting into ridiculous situations, making mistakes. That’s what that time of life is about and we should do that privately.

'Saying that, I don’t regret it – I wouldn’t do my life any differently, but having lived through it…There was a very long time when [interviewers] were all: "Well you’re a sh*t actress and you’re anorexic and people hate you" which, for a teenager is a very strange thing.'

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Keira also showed us pictures of her second, until-now-secret wedding dress, a bespoke Valentino covered in prink roses, and talked about her long-standing friendship with Benedict Cumberbatch, and why she is very glad she didn't have to kiss him in their film, The Imitation Game, out this November.

To find out more, get ELLE's July issue, on sale 5 June 2014.

See an exclusive film of our cover shoot, set to a track of Keira singing in her new film, Begin Again

See past cover shoots with Keira here and here

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