When Emma Watson was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair, with an accompanying spread that sees her braless with a cutout top, she got a fair bit of criticism online from all sides. And while the star of Beauty and the Beast had not responded before, she recently did on a press junket interview for the new film. “Is there a controversy about this?” she asked sarcastically.
“It just always reveals to me of how many misconceptions and misunderstandings there [are] about what feminism is,” the 26-year old told the BBC about the reaction to the Tim Walker photograph. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.”
“I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it,” she continued. In the photograph, Watson is wearing a Burberry crochet cape — with no blouse.
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Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: "I couldn't care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear." Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
“I was slightly taken aback by [that specific shot] because we were doing so many crazy things on that shoot,” the U.N. Women’s goodwill ambassador said. “It had felt so artistic, and I had been so creatively involved and engaged with Tim. I am so thrilled with how interesting and beautiful the photographs were.”
Feminism should not be used as a measuring stick to criticize and ridicule other women, but it should advocate for a woman’s right to choose how she presents her body, thoughts and emotions.