From being the 'best witch of her generation' in the Harry Potter universe to a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson is truly an actress worthy to be counted as a role model for children and young adults.
She has taken the generation who grew up watching her career in an enthralling journey of portraying a character that is not afraid to be brilliant and to excel despite being a girl to bringing the character to life by striving to spread her message of feminism through different platforms.
So in light of her playing an actual Disney Princess, making another generation awed by her performance, we decided to list some of Emma's best girl boss moments.
When she wore "trash" to the red carpet
Red carpets are a big thing, especially if you're a Hollywood star. But for Emma, it is a place to prove that you can make a statement along with the glitz and glamour.
She started making a buzz in the summer of 2016 when she donned a gorgeous Calvin Klein dress at the Met Gala. The dress was made from 100% recycled materials, putting 'sustainable fashion' on the headlines of magazines everywhere. She has continued to bring attention to the cause, partnering with other labels such as Oscar De La Renta and Louis Vuitton, creating custom pieces that are made from sustainable materials that truly wow on or off the red carpet.
When she lived up to being Hermione and Belle in real life
One of her most memorable speeches about feminism, which highlights a fact that almost everyone can relate to, struck young females in the most beautiful way possible. Speaking of the idea that girls are called 'bossy' when they want to take charge but boys being given responsibilities because they need to be 'leaders,' she took a jab at society's double standards. She emphasised that girls, no matter their age, should be empowered and given opportunities to grow and realise their full potential.
She also leaves books in train stations in the US and the UK for strangers to find and enjoy. She also opened a Goodreads community called 'OurSharedShelf,' where she encourages discourse on the fiction and non-fiction literary works she chooses to share, mostly centred on a strong female character or anything that promotes empowerment and gender equality.
When she became the face of the #HeForShe campaign
One of the most well-known faces of today's feminist activism, Emma expressed her dismay in people calling her out for just being this 'girl from Harry Potter' by giving a powerful speech for the UN's #HeForShe campaign. There, she invited people to look beyond who she is as an actor and actually pay attention to the message she stands for. This received waves of support from different people within and beyond the entertainment industry, who later helped use their influence and voice in promoting this advocacy.
When she handled her Vanity Fair cover controversy like the queen that she is
The most recent one to date, Emma posed for Vanity Fair to promote Beauty and the Beast, as well as to broaden the reach of her feminist activism efforts. However, she was criticised for baring her cleavage on the cover, with many saying she is 'not being an actual feminist' as she is supposedly 'sexualising' her image.
She hit back at them saying that this was the exact reason why we need feminism.
"It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is..." Emma said. "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. It’s very confusing."
When she gave great advice to random strangers at Grand Central Station, New York
Imagine rushing to the train station to start your day and finding someone holding up a make-shift stall, giving you a chance to ask Emma Watson for advice. From little boys asking her how to be a good boyfriend to young ladies being told that finding a good partner is all about improving yourself first at the core, if you think it wouldn't get any better, all the proceeds of the activity were donated to Planned Parenthood.
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