Emma defends controversial shoot

Actress Emma Watson has hit back at critics accusing her of being anti-feminist while posing topless for her latest Vanity Fair shoot.

 

The 26-year-old Beauty And The Beast star, who is known for passionately speaking about and advocating feminism, says she doesn't understand what baring her breasts has to do with her support of the movement.

"This is a fundamental and complete misunderstanding of what feminism is," she says in an interview with Reuters.

Actress Emma Watson has hit back at critics accusing her of being anti-feminist while posing topless for her latest Vanity Fair shoot. Source: Reuters

The actress appears topless in the shoot, seen here in another shot used for the magazine's cover. Source: Vanity Fair

"Feminism is about equality and it’s about choice."

"They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs," she continues, before her film co-star Luke Evans adds, "That's... not true!".

"I mean I’m always just kind of quietly stunned," says Emma.

"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 t*ts have to do with it."

She says she doesn't understand what baring her breasts has to do with her support of the movement. Source: Reuters

The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador's comments come after she's faced a wave of criticism for posing in a crochet blouse for Vanity Fair, with the Burberry number strategically placed to just cover her modesty.

British media personality Julia Hartley-Brewer accused Emma of being hypocritical, writing on Twitter; "Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my (t*ts)!".

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