Emma Watson Responds to Controversy Over Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

‘Beauty and the Beas’ star Emma Watson has hit back at critics who suggested she was a fake feminist because of her outfit a ‘Vanity Fair’ photo shoot. The 26-year-old actress wore a cleavage-baring bolero in an artistic image by British fashion photographer Tim Walker for the cover story.

The Harry Potter co-star and pioneer of the ‘HeForShe’ campaign to make men advocate for feminism, talked about the photo shoot while promoting her latest film, the Disney live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

"Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with," Watson told Reuters. "It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t-ts have to do with it. It’s very confusing. I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m just always just quietly stunned.”

The ‘Harry Potter’ star then talked more specifically about the picture, saying: "The shot itself I was honestly slightly taken aback by, because we'd been doing so many crazy things on that shoot.
"But it felt incredibly artistic and I've been so creatively involved and engaged with [Vanity Fair photographer Tim Walker], and I'm so thrilled about how interesting and beautiful the photographs were."

During the interview, Stevens asked Watson what the issue was with her photo shoot, to which Watson responds, "They were saying I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs." Replied Stevens, "That's not true."

-Devashree Goenka