Your fave Emma Watson (not to be confused with the character in The Andy Griffith Show or the character in Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons—glad we cleared that up) is Vanity Fair‘s April cover star. In and of itself, this is nothing surprising: Emma has appeared in VF in the past and, as the leading lady of the Beauty & the Beast live-action feature, she is as relevant now as she has been since her Harry Potter days and feminist awakening. In the shoot, Emma poses braless in a ~fashion-forward~ knit cardigan thingy (that’s a technical term) and shows off some serious underboob.
Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: “I couldn’t care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear.” Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
Now my first reaction is pretty much no reaction. I mean like, great, here are some boobs! Carry on now. But I am not the internet, and the internet is a terrible shithole of people who think they can tell women how to dress and how to act. Oh also, people are saying that this photo somehow makes Emma a bad feminist? Which, like, LOL.
Emma Watson: “Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!” pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
Instagram comments were particularly vile, with one person saying “What a hypocrite goes on about girls having self respect and then gets her tits out!” and another penning the eloquent “#Gratuitous #BoobPics do nothing to #ValidateYou.” Okay, social media, I #HateYou.
Thankfully, most people are super down with this gorgeous shoot and feature, in which Emma discusses coming of age, her career and not giving a crap whether she ever wins an Oscar. But to circle back to the whole “minimal clothing” issue, this will really make you think:
You think this is bad? When she gave her speech to the UN you could see both bare ankles & a fairly serious amount of calf. Shameful. https://t.co/MyDUyMcO3E
— Felix Gott (@Felixgott) March 1, 2017
How dare you remind us you have a body, Emma? Hashtag outrageous.