Emma Watson is the beauty who can calmly shut down thousands with her powerful words. She is the feminist in a fairytale world!
Amidst promoting her much-awaited Disney flick – Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson has been addressing many with her chirpy interviews and nailing quite a few with her strong opinions. This girl’s on a roll and we love that our very own Hermione Granger is not only intellectual on reel, but in real life as well.
Recently, the actress who has been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014 was backlashed for her sartorial choice on a magazine cover. But then again not one to sit quiet, she lashed back and answered one and all, for good. Thus, it was fair enough to pull out her inspirational quotes from over the years and celebrate International Women’s Day in true feminist style.
- “I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullsh*t. I identify much more with being a warrior — a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess. Definitely.” —Evening Standard
- “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 Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We [feminists] want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free.” —Elle UK
- “I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.” —TIME
- “I was completely the eager beaver in school, I was the girl in the front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up, and it’s often not cool to be the person that puts themself out there, and I’ve often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in—even if it makes you vulnerable—amazing things can and will happen.” —MTV Movie Awards
- “All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.” —The Independent
- “I want to feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t do it. It’s so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I’m prioritizing just feeling awesome.” —Vanity Fair
- “[I] think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men.” —HeForShe speech
- “When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press. When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.” When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me.” —HeForShe speech
- “I’m very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one.” —Vanity Fair
- “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” —HeForShe speech
- “[Belle is] absolutely a Disney princess, but she’s not a passive character—she’s in charge of her own destiny.” —Vanity Fair
- “Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all your paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks that life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” —HeforShe Live Conversation With Emma Watson