Emma Watson has been labeled a "hypocrite" after posing braless in a high Fashion cover shoot for Vanity Fair.
It seems that, even in 2017, people are still confused about what it means to be a feminist.
Vanity Fair's feature examines Watson's "metamorphosis from child star to leading woman". She talks about her trajectory from playing schoolchild Hermione Grainger to championing women's rights as a UN Ambassador and "revamping a classic stereotype" — the Disney princess — in her upcoming role in Beauty and the Beast.
The high fashion photo shoot features Watson in an array of haute couture, including outfits by Balenciaga, Dior, Burberry and Oscar De La Renta.
But, one image in particular — Watson posing braless in a Burberry shrug — has proven controversial on social media with some questioning Watson's feminist values.
Radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer appeared to suggest that the actress's photo shoot would prevent her being taken seriously as a feminist.
Others chimed in to the apparent debate over Watson's status as a feminist, dubbing her "another clueless luvvie".
One person called Watson's braless pose hypocritical given recent calls from feminist campaigners to ban images of topless models in newspapers.
Hartley-Brewer's tweet sparked fury, and many jumped in to school the her about feminism.
One person pointed out that this very debate highlighted the need for feminism.
"Burn your bra if you want to," wrote one Twitter user.
"Oh no, the secret is out...Emma Watson — a woman — has breasts. Now she will fall from grace,"
Emma Watson: "Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my tits!" pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
It's 2017, people. Showing your breasts doesn't make you any less of a feminist.Topics: Conversations, emma watson, Fashion, feminism, gender equality, Lifestyle, Watercooler