Emma Watson was under fire for appearing in a skin-whitening Lancome product ad, so that explains why the actress was caught running errands bare-faced with barely any makeup visible on her face. Looks like she was trying to prove to the world that she is still a feminist!
“She’s recently come under fire after an old advertising campaign she starred in for a skin-lightening product by Lancome resurfaced in March,” reports Daily Mail. “But Emma Watson looked the epitome of a fresh-faced beauty, as she stepped out in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. Heading out to run some errands, the 25-year-old actress opted for a relaxed and natural vibe by going make-up free.”
Emma Watson also has been bombarding her Twitter with feminist messages from all sorts of sources, mainly to support her He For She UN campaign.
— HeForShe (@HeforShe) March 16, 2016
The latest tweet is about a documentary called The Ascent of Woman, which began showing on Netflix.
— The Ascent of Woman (@ascentofwoman) April 1, 2016
When she was accused of being a “‘fake feminist’ and a ‘racist’ for appearing in ads for Lancome’s Blanc Expert skin whitening line in Asia,” according to New York Daily News, it was clear that the actress needed to do something to save her feminist campaign.
The thing that made this Lancome controversy so bad was that “‘the ads were mentioned in an article called “Perfect Whiteness: The Code Switching of European Cosmetic Companies.'”
After all her hard work of promoting He For She, Emma could not have let this one destroy all that she has built up.
Most recently, Emma Watson teamed up with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Broadway’s most popular musical Hamilton, to rap about gender equality.
In fact, Emma Watson nearly embarrassed herself trying to beatbox as he freestyled on the topic of feminism and equality.
“The U.N. women’s goodwill ambassador and actress spoke to the ‘Hamilton’ creator and star in an hour-long interview about gender equality in partnership with the U.N. Women He For She campaign,” reports Daily Life. “But it wasn’t until the end of the interview that Miranda posed a musical challenge to the ‘Harry Potter’ series star.”
The Lancome ad controversy wasn’t the first time that Emma Watson had to deal with critcism about her feminist campaign. Ever since she launched it with the UN, there have been many voices that took direct shots at her, claiming that she is not really a feminist and that her method of promoting gender equality is faulty.
To that, Emma had to build a thick skin to be able to continue with the work that matters a lot to her.
“We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva,'” she said. “But there’s a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Call me a ‘diva,’ call me a ‘feminazi,’ call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist,’ call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens.”
Sounds like it will take more than just nasty words for her to stop promoting feminism.
She is taking this campaign so seriously that she announced that she will take a year off from things to get back in touch with what she believes and supports.
“I’m taking a year away from acting to focus on two things, really,” she said to Paper. “My own personal development is one… My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club.”
As a 25-year-old actress in Hollywood, this can be the worst time for her to take off. Not only will it jeopardize her momentum as a budding actress emerging from her Harry Potter days, but people might think that she is not serious about her craft.
But, as all her fans know, Emma Watson isn’t the one to cave under public pressure to do something that she really does not want to do.
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