6 of Emma Watson’s best quotes about women and feminism

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Can you be a feminist and bare your body in a Vanity Fair shoot?

That was the question Emma Watson addressed this week, commenting that she was “quietly stunned” that a row had broken out over a picture of her in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

The image showed the Harry Potter star posing in a crochet top and see-through top for British fashion photographer Tim Walker.

"I really don't know what my t*ts have to do with it," Watson responded in an interview with the BBC.

"Feminism is about giving women choice,” she continued.

“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom.”

Backlash: Emma Watson in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair (Tim Walker )

In a week where Watson, who has been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014, calmy shut down thousands of online critics, we’ve pulled together some of her most powerful and inspirational quotes from over the years.

1. "For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes."

(Source: HeForShe)

(Dave Benett)

2. "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."

(Source: July 2011 press conference)

(Dave Benett)

3. "The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy."

(Source: PA)

(Jose Luis Magana/AP)

4. "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 that I was a feminist."

(Source: HeForShe)

(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

5. “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

(Source: HeForShe)

(Michael Buckner/Variety/Rex)

6. “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 want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.”

(Source: Elle)

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