Emma Watson fires back at 'feminist' criticism over 'topless' Vanity Fair photo video

The Beauty and the Beast actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador hits back at critics of her braless Vanity Fair photo.

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson has hit back at critics who suggested she was a fake feminist because of her outfit a Vanity Fair photoshoot.

The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, who rose to fame as Hermione in Harry Potter, was attacked by British broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer over the photo, in which a small amount of her breasts can be seen.

Hartley-Brewer suggested Watson's claim to be a feminist was hypocritical, tweeting: "Emma Watson: 'Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my t..s!"

Emma Watson on the cover of Vanity Fair.
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Emma Watson on the cover of Vanity Fair.

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Others suggested the 26-year-old's photo was no different to "lad's mag"-type photoshoots that were accused of objectifying women.

Watson fired back in a BBC interview for Beauty and the Beast, saying the "topless" photo was not at odds with her feminism.

She said: "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. 

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"I really don't know what my t..s have to do with it. It's very confusing."

The star said she was "always just kind of quietly stunned" by such attitudes towards women's bodies.

Fans agreed, and leapt to the star's defence.

 - Stuff

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