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Emma Watson Talks About Being a Feminist for 'Elle UK' Cover

Emma Watson Talks About Being a Feminist for 'Elle UK' Cover

Emma Watson shows off her “fresh face” on the cover of Elle UK‘s December 2014 issue, which was dubbed to be the Feminism issue.

Here is what the 24-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On giving her speech at the UN Summit: “I was very nervous. It wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. It felt like: ‘Am I going to have lunch with these people, or am I going to be eaten? Am I the lunch?’”

On her decision to be an activist on behalf of women: “Fame is not something I have always felt comfortable with; I have really grappled with it emotionally. And, in a funny way, doing this is my way of making sense of the fame, of using it. I have found a way to channel it towards something else, which makes it so much more manageable for me. And this is something I really believe in.”

On how feminism can mean different things to all people: “Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for President, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. I’m lucky I was raised to believe that my opinion at the dinner table was valuable. My mum and I spoke as loudly as my brothers.”

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  • TTC92

    It’s funny that Emma Watson has become the face of feminism when we have someone like Beyonce that’s been representing for way longer and who actually embraces every part of feminism.

    I wonder why that is?

  • Dan_nb

    Lovely as usual!

  • Anya

    I love Beyonce and all, but stripping in your songs and singing about running the world is not really the feminism Emma talks about.

    Yes, part of the whole thing is to have a free choice to choose whether you want to take your clothes off in music videos or not, but it’s not the best representation either.

    The great thing about Emma is that she doesn’t say one thing and act in other way. And she sure as hell doesn’t let the industry to exploit her sexuality.

  • Sofia

    ugh come on! “fresh face of feminism”? What did she said that was remotely new? Nothing! Feminists have been saying the exact same thing for decades and decades! Why didn’t she announced to the world she was a feminist when she “discovered she was one at 18″? Why? Because it wasn’t a good PR move, and now they want to sell us Emma Watson (who btw always has to bring up her first world problem thing with fame) as the new “feminist leader”? Give me a break! Let’s focus on real feminists from whom we can learn, with real life experiences.