At only 26 years old, Emma Watson has quickly become one of Hollywood's most active feminists.
In 2014, the UN Women, the United Nations’ department of gender equality, named her their ambassador and the British actress kicked off HeForShe, an initiative that aims to get men to co-sign on feminist issues. One of the men she brought on board for the project? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Since then, Watson has used her platform to educate the world on women's rights, all while challenging stereotypes about how women should behave along the way.
In Vanity Fair's March issue, the "Beauty and the Beast" actress shows her "metamorphosis from child star to leading woman."
In one of the photos, shot by photographer Tim Walker, Watson is shown wearing a Burberry couture shrug with nothing underneath, revealing most of her breasts.
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.
And even though it's 2017, people still seem to be confused about what it means to be a feminist. Haters took to Twitter to slam Watson, asking her how she can reveal parts of her body for public consumption and still call herself a feminist.
Emma Watson: "Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my tits!" pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
— STOP🛇CSE (@S70PR4P3) March 1, 2017
— brett caton (@bcaton2) March 1, 2017
In the issue, the "Harry Potter" actress says she "used to be scared of words like 'feminism,' 'patriarchy,' 'imperialist,'" but that she is not anymore. She even explains how her "Beauty and the Beast" character, Belle, is a feminist in her own way, saying she is "absolutely a Disney princess, but she’s not a passive character — she’s in charge of her own destiny."
And in that Vanity Fair interview, Kevin Kline, the actor who plays Belle's father, perfectly sums up the situation Emma currently finds herself in.
"When someone has a feminist point of view, we tend to think she’s no fun at all," he says. "But a feminist can be feminine, delicate, vulnerable, sweet — and still demand to be taken seriously. Emma fits the bill perfectly."
And of course, many fans of the actress supported Emma, noting that it's her body and her choice and just because she chooses to reveal parts of her body, doesn't mean she's a bad feminist.
It saddens me to see @EmmaWatson called a 'bad feminist' when part of feminism is the freedom to express your body however you wish to.
— IZZY 🌵 (@votsiz) March 2, 2017
— Lauren C. Waterworth (@LCWaterworth) March 2, 2017
It's possible to be a feminist and be proud of your body. Emma Watson doing a revealing photo shoot doesn't cancel out her feminist activism
— Rud (@TheRuddleKip) March 1, 2017
Just like Belle, Emma Watson is in charge of her own destiny, too. Now get over it, people.