Emma Watson sparked controversy online for posing 'topless' in a cover shoot for Vanity Fair's April issue, wearing an open crochet capelet by Burberry.
Some Twitter users were quick to argue that her decision to pose 'provocatively' contradicts her forthright feminist values, with some deeming the actress' photo shoot hypocritical:
Others, however, came to her defence, explaining that feminism is all about choice, and that Emma's decision to go 'topless' shouldn't call into question or undermine her feminist beliefs and important work as an advocate for gender equality.
Now, the Beauty and the Beast actress has commented upon the controversy and effortlessly shut down her critics with a simple reminder of the basic principles of feminism.
'Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick about which to beat other women with,' she told news agency Reuters. 'It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.'
‘I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.’
‘Most people are confused. I’m always kind of quietly stunned,' she continued. ‘They were saying I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs.’
10 points to Gryffindor, Emma!
In the April issue of Vanity Fair Emma explains that to keep her private life private and to avoid being photographed, she refuses to have selfies with fans, and keeps quiet about her relationships.