Emma Watson, Global Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women and star of the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film, is (unsurprisingly) stunned and confused that people are accusing her of being unfeminist over her Vanity Fair cover shoot.
In an interview with BBC, Watson talked about how critics attacked her for betraying her feminist ideals because she posed for a photo that exposed parts of her breasts. Watson, a firm advocate for gender equality, expressed her surprise and disappointment that people apparently still don’t understand what feminism is.
Here’s the cover:
“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” she told the BBC.
“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.”
In case anyone was unclear, Watson laid out the textbook definition of feminism in her United Nations speech three years ago.
For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
Emma Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014 and has been a crucial figure in the HeForShe movement, a global campaign that fights for gender equality.