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Emma Watson discusses her insecurities

Emma Watson has become an advocate for feminism by using her position to maturely and confidently raise awareness of gender inequality. Being a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, delivering speeches to some of the most powerful people in the world, and highlighting feminism as a male issue too with the #HeForShe campaign, it is difficult to think of anything phasing the actor. However, she has opened up in an interview with Esquire UK, saying she suffered with insecurities in her early 20’s much like anyone of her age. She spoke of being unable to make the connection with the portrayal of herself on magazine covers with the way she looked in her day to day life stating, “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?'” Now she’s realised that after shaking the anxieties the media portrayal had given her, she has become “more beautiful and more confident as a result”.  

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