Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn't advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn't wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy.While mainstream media has covered many of her education rallies, she has taken her role as an ambassador for the Campaign for Female Education as far as Bangladesh and Zambia. This attention to international awareness garnered the eye of the UN and in July 2014, they appointed her as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equality and female empowerment. The specific campaign is titled “The HeForShe Campaign”, which enlists men and boys to stand up for gender equality as well. To top off this immense honor, Emma remains humble and more focused than ever on her responsibility as a role model to women:
Being asked to serve as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women's rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can't imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience, and awareness to this role.Emma’s fighter years began at a young age as she skyrocketed to fame as Hermione in the wildly successful Harry Potter series at the age of nine. The competition for the role was fierce as the international acclaim of the book series set the bar high for the film adaptation. Having previously acted only in school plays, Emma was faced with contenders who had agents, acting experience, and impressive credentials. Nonetheless, she remained poised and self-assured. The casting agents found Emma through her theater teacher and the producers were instantly taken aback and impressed by her commanding confidence. Harry Potter author and creator, J.K. Rowling even supported Emma’s casting from watching her very first screen test. Eight auditions later, she nabbed her iconic role. This buoyant assurance comes from Emma’s conscious choice to stay rooted.
Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. It’s often not cool to be the person who puts themselves out there,Emma vulnerably confesses.
What gets scary is when your self-worth is tied up in what strangers think of you.Part of staying true to herself is not succumbing to Hollywood materialism and ideals. Despite having an estimated net worth of $60 million, she has memorably been quoted as saying,
I’ve got about eight pairs of shoes, and that’s it.This authenticity isn’t just inspiring –it’s funny! She once joked to reporters,
You can’t go to the pharmacy without someone saying, ‘Hey, you’re the girl from Harry Potter!’ and I’m like ‘Yeah! Just buying tampons, see you in a bit!’When it comes to men, she likes for them to “wonder” a bit. While fashionable enough to be the face of Burberry, Emma prefers to tease with her language, rather than her wardrobe, citing flirtatious playfulness as her favorite quality in a man. And in being true to her feminist roots, she adds:
It sounds like a cliché but I also learnt that you're not going to fall for the right person until you really love yourself and feel good about how you are.Notably, money in the bank is not a problem for Emma and she gracefully opens her schedule to an array of fair trade projects –and collaborates for free. For the past six years, Emma has been involved with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand.
Fashion is a great way to empower people and give them skills; rather than give cash to charity you can help people by buying the clothes they make and supporting things they take pride in; I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren't many options out there.If Fair Trade fashion happens to pull a heartstring for you and you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, Emma has publically declared,
I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing fair trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it.To top the list of reasons to admire Emma, she also recently became certified to teach yoga and meditation; telling Elle Australia that an uncertain future meant finding...
a way to always feel safe and at home within myself. Because I can never rely on a physical place."If she can floor us at age 24, there is no telling what this vivacious woman will do with the rest of her years. Thank you Emma Watson for being the bravado spirit you are!
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Barbara McNally lives in San Diego where she supports organizations and sponsors activities that help women explore their potential for freedom and individuality. To further this cause, she started a foundation called Mother, Lover, Fighter, Sage. Open to receive and ready to give, Barbara continues her own journey to freedom with a daily zest for living large. READ MORE>>