'Feminism is about freedom - not my t**s', says Watson

Emma Watson in Vanity fair

Olivia Rudgard

Emma Watson has hit back at critics who claim her controversial topless Vanity Fair shoot undermines her feminist views.

The actress posed for a photoshoot in the magazine by fashion photographer Tim Walker.

One of the photos showed her posing in a white crocheted jacket with no top or bra underneath.

Critics said the shoot showed she was hypocritical for claiming to be a feminist.

Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer posted a tweet criticising the actress for posing for the photo.

She wrote: "Emma Watson: 'Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my t**s!'"

Others claimed on Twitter that the shoot was no different from the Sun's Page 3, which has come under fire for objectifying women. However, the 26-year-old actress said her choice to pose topless did not undermine her feminism.

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


"I really have no idea what my t**s have to do with it."

Others also defended Watson, arguing that clothing has little to do with her credentials as a feminist.

The actress is promoting the live-action version of Beauty And The Beast, in which she stars as Belle.

Last week it was revealed that the film will be the first Disney movie to feature an openly gay character.