10 inspiring moments from Emma Watson

The Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast star has wisdom way beyond her years.

She’s only 27, but Emma Watson has already established herself as one of the greatest actors and inspirational figures of her generation.

Starring in the Harry Potter films as Hermione, she became one of the most recognisable stars in the world and in Disney’s blockbuster Beauty and the Beast she cemented herself as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.

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Watson’s career off the screen is equal to her glittering film canon on it. Despite her Harry Potter success, she insisted on carrying on her education and picked up a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown and Oxford and in recent years she has worked as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

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Intelligent, fearless and compelling, Watson is the perfect feminist icon for 2017.

Here are 10 inspirational quotes from the young film star:

• “I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.”

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• “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.”

• ”My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”

• “After I gave my speech at the UN there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me. I knew it was a hoax, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past. I was raging, it made me so angry, I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.”

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• “You can’t go to the pharmacy without someone saying ‘Hey you’re the girl from Harry Potter!’ and I’m like ‘Yeah! Just buying tampons, see you in a bit!’”

• “I think it is right 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 decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”

• “The saddest thing a girl can do is dumb herself down for a guy.”

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• “With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can project an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy. I’m excited about the aging process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.”

• “I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do a photo-shoot, people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me.”

• “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

Emma Watson in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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