English actress Emma Watson wants to develop her own sense of style.
The 21-year-old Harry Potter star – who has appeared in advertising campaigns for Burberry in the past, including a billboard campaign alongside her younger brother in 2009 – has always welcomed assistance from stylists but feels it’s the time to start making her own decisions when it comes to “what to wear.”
“I was fully game for, ‘Throw me in this, throw me in that’ but I’d like to develop my own sense of style and dress for myself.
“The press destroyed me over this Rodarte dress I wore once – it was bright blue with chains on it. I loved it. And I wore a leather Christopher Kane dress with embroidered flowers all over it. It wasn’t that crazy, but at the time…”
While admitting that being over concerned with one’s appearance could definitely be a hindrance, Watson says “passion for fashion” has actually helped her forge an identity for herself away from the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
“Fashion gave me a chance to feel like I was something outside of ‘Potter’. I’m a multi-dimensional person and that’s the freedom of fashion; that you’re able to reinvent yourself through how you dress and how you cut your hair or whatever.”
Her haircut was, of course, an international sensation, and turned into a global debate. Was it a good idea, did she regret it, why did she do it? Watson faced compliments and criticism in equal measure, staggeringly so. This was more than the average celeb ‘do and more like a cultural event: Potter fans were horrified, while the fashion industry discreetly applauded the severing of Hermione’s bookish locks.
“I had journalists asking me if this meant I was coming out, if I was a lesbian now.” She rolls her eyes. “That haircut did make me realise how subjective everyone’s opinion is. Some people were crazy for it and some people just thought I’d lost my [expletive]. All I can do is follow my instincts, because I’ll never please everyone.”
Watch Emma Watson promoting her new Rouge In Love makeup line with Lancome in the video below: