Star of upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson, has hit back at critics who called her anti-feminist for posing topless in a recent magazine shoot. During an interview for the BBC with co-star Dan Stevens to promote the Disney film, Emma was asked about the recent controversy surrounding her cover shoot for Vanity Fair.
"It just always reveals to me what a - how many misconceptions there are and misunderstanding there is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with,” she says. "It's about freedom. It's about liberation. It's about equality.”
In one of the shots, by acclaimed fashion photographer Tim Walker, the 26-year-old former Harry Potter star appeared topless with a crocheted bolero draped over her shoulders. The criticism appears to have been levelled at Emma, because she is such a passionate speaker on feminist issues in her work as a UN ambassador, and pioneer of the HeForShe campaign to make men advocate for feminism.
“We’d been doing so many crazy things on that shoot,” Watson said, “but it felt incredibly artistic and I’ve been so creatively involved and engaged with Tim and I’m so thrilled about how interesting and beautiful the photographs were.”
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