Emma Watson is the definition of a beautiful female. Mature, strong and incredibly talented, the actress glows at every event and appearance, but that doesn’t mean she’s not just like the rest of us.
Most girls deal with insecurities and body image issues growing up, add cameras and paparazzi documenting yours to the world and it becomes clear why even a powerful role model like Emma was not immune to the anxieties of adolescence.
In a recent interview with Esquire UK, the 25-year-old explained, 'I used to hate that I had strong eyebrows. As a nine-year-old I desperately wanted to pluck them and make them two thin lines.'
She then went on to talk about life in the spotlight, ‘I, as a 21-year-old, was riddled with insecurity and self-critiquing. Some of my friends still are. I realized that I didn't like friends taking photos of me when I wasn't working and I actually got in a fight about this issue. And I wondered, why is this bothering me? Why does this make me so insecure? And I realized it's because I can't even reconcile myself with my own image on the front of these magazines.'
'Comparing myself to how I look, when I've gone through all of that makeup and styling, in my normal life is… just… I can't live up to it. I was like, "Holy shit! If that's how I feel — and I get to be the person who's on the cover of those magazines — how's anyone else meant to cope?"'
Emma went on to explain that the more she thought about her insecurities, she realised it wasn't her that had the issue, it was society as a whole, "oh, I actually operate in a system that's fucked. I'm not fucked, the system's fucked. OK'" she said. 'And, ironically, it's probably made me more beautiful and more confident as a result because I'm not carrying that anxiety any more.'
Thanks, Em. You're one great gal.