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We knew Watson was destined for big things as soon as the U.N. named her as an official Goodwill Ambassador, but we had no idea how much of an impact she would have — and so soon — until she gave a speech highlighting the importance of gender equality and feminism. Although some feminists were disgruntled by a perceived lack of acknowledgment by the star of her own privilege, her public defense of feminism certainly started a conversation, sending the message that feminism is important and should be embraced by both men and women.
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In her new role as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, the Harry Potter star gave a groundbreaking speech at the United Nations’ “He for She” event in September, calling on men to join women in the fight for gender equality. “I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” she said. “If there’s one thing I know for certain it is that this has to stop.” The speech quickly went viral, and was praised by fellow feminists like Taylor Swift as an excellent example for younger women.
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- 2014’ s most viral, and outrageous, internet fakes:
Let’s be clear: 4chan was responsible for a lot of other shenanigans this year. But when a threatening website went up in the wake of fall’s “Fappening,” promising to leak nude photos of actress Emma Watson in revenge for a feminist speech she made at the UN, the Internet’s most infamous message board was not actually to blame. Instead, both the website and the threat were publicity stunts by a internet “marketing” company called Rantic.
- From Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize to Emma Watson's UN Speech: Greatest Wins for Feminism in 2014
Hermoine Granger is all grown up and she is ready to fight for women around the world. Emma Watson's "HeForShe" speech at the United Nations, highlighting the importance of gender equality and feminism paved way for open discussions about women's issues.
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Feminists faced a hard fight this year. Between Celebgate, the nude photos of more than 100 celebrities leaking online, and GamerGate, a smear campaign that boiled over into a full-blown culture war, women have taken the brunt of some of the internet's most violent tendencies. But to not speak out against the rampant sexism in today's society is to help perpetuate it, and Emma Watson was among the many making her voice heard.
On September 20th, Watson spoke before the UN, where she's been appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. In a brilliant 11-minute speech, she launched the HeForShe initiative, a campaign aimed at encouraging boys and men to join the feminist cause and support gender equality. "Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation," she said. "Gender equality is your issue, too." So far, nearly 200,000 men have signed onto the campaign, and the goal is to reach 1 million by next summer. At a time when it's still not safe to be a woman in so many corners of our world, her efforts are brilliant and all too necessary.
- THE 20 BEST MOMENTS FOR WOMEN IN 2014
Emma Watson doesn't take her role lightly: The actress used her platform at the UN to speak specifically to men about how gender equality is good for them too. "I want men to take up this mantle," Watson said, "so their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves." She also launched the "HeForShe" campaign, "a solidarity movement for gender equality" that encourages men to stand up and speak out, and pushes everyone to commit to take action against discrimination and violence against women and girls.
- Top 5 Human Rights Successes Of 2014
Social media exploded over the well-articulated and thoughtful speech given by Emma Watson at the United Nations earlier this year. Her debut appearance at the U.N. saw the Harry Potter star launch the HeForShe Campaign – a campaign calling on men to speak up for oppressed women and join the movement towards gaining gender equality worldwide. As the first of it’s kind at the UN, the HeForShe Campaign aims to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. Watson called on men to take up this mantle, so that their wives, daughters and sisters can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons and brothers can have the permission to be vulnerable and human.
Watson, who recently became the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, used her speech at the UN to talk about feminism and the negative stigma that has begun to develop around the term. She expressed her sorrow at the fact that, today, more and more women are choosing not to identify themselves a “feminist” as the word has become associated with “men-hating”. Watson questions where this association has come from and explains that the standard definition of feminism is nothing more than “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities”. And who doesn’t want to be associated with fighting for that?
Not everyone agrees on the importance and relevance of Watson’s speech. However, there is no doubt that her speech grasped worldwide attention, got people talking about the issue, and put “feminism” back on the table for those who had been too ashamed to talk about it.
“Why is the word such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.” –Emma Watson
- FAVORITE STYLE ICONS OF 2014
The Harry Potter alum is all grown up and is quickly establishing herself as a formidable fashion and style icon. She started the year by appearing in the January 2014 cover of Looks magazine and went on to appear on the covers of Wonderland, Elle and Elle UK. Emma’s appearances on the red carpet show sophistication beyond her years and flawless taste. Although there are a lot to choose from, my favorite Emma Watson look for 2014 is the red Dior couture number she wore at the Golden Globe Awards, which she paired with violet-blue pumps by Roger Vivier and simple pearl Dior earrings.
- Sarah Slutsky talks about being Emma's stylist:
How did you meet Emma and end up working with her? Was she your first celebrity client?
She was! Emma and I met while working on Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
What was the process like when you took her on in terms of figuring out what styles and designers she likes and how you two would work together?
We are very collaborative. Always looking at the world around us, images, books, art, we talk about what we are loving and work together to build looks.
Does all the media attention celebrities get for their outfits these days make you feel extra pressure to ensure she looks good? How does it feel to constantly see her on best dressed lists?
It’s humbling. There is always work to be done, I strive to do my best work no matter what the occasion and always look forward. My number one priority is that my clients are happy.
What kind of planning goes into, say, a press tour? Are you always with her when she travels?
A press tour requires a lot of organization. They include a wide variety of events so a conversation about the big picture and the overall look is the starting point. I love a mood board.
In terms of VIP clients, is Emma the only one?
She’s full-time, but I take on other jobs with other celebrities on a case-by case basis, but most of them are confidential.
Has there been a moment or milestone that made you feel like you had finally made it?
I don’t want to undermine how fortunate I feel and how lucky I’ve been to have great opportunities and experiences in my life. And I am humbled every day that I get to work with Emma, she is such an extraordinary woman. I’m inspired by her and her determination and outlook on life, but I don’t think I’ve had that moment yet; I still have so much to prove to the world I think and I think the moment I can say that I’ve had like a defining moment I think I need to pick a new career because I won’t be trying. That’s not to say that I haven’t been incredibly grateful and excited for all the things that have come my way.
- The New School Theatre Collective presents students in its One Act Play Festival
The show, produced by Mimi Barcomi, Nicole Coiscou and Morgan Stevenson, was made up of a spectrum of students: undergraduates, graduates, theater majors, non-theater majors and more.
Written by Chlo Gold and directed by Nicole Coiscou, “The Management” portrays the main character, Anneke, as a wild actress whose recent scandal has blown up in the press. The scandal, which involves lines of cocaine and copious amounts of alcohol, will seriously alter the glamorous star’s career unless she gets her cleans up her act.
“Even Lindsay Lohan said you were out of control,” says her manager. If Lohan is able to say that about you, Anneke, maybe it’s time to get your sh*t together.
Sharp comebacks and a very well-done British accent are really what make this act as golden as an Oscar. Not to mention the tidbit of Anneke punching Justin Bieber in the face and breaking his nose. Or the fact that she may be dating Emma Watson and was caught smoking weed with her in a playground in broad daylight.
Any performance that bashes J.B. and even slightly mentions Emma Watson deserves a gold star in my book.
- Emma and rugby star boyfriend break up: Actress split with Oxford student a month ago but they remain friends
The 24-year-old actress and 22-year-old student, who is reading Russian at Oriel College, uncoupled a month ago but remain friends.
The split, brought about by Ms Watson’s unrelenting work schedule, was described as ‘amicable’ by a spokesman for the actress. Contrary to reports, the pair had not moved in together.
Their relationship started a year ago but they were often apart, because of her professional commitments and his studies.
Emma Watson and her hunky boyfriend Matthew Janney have split, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
"It was mutual decision," the insider tells Us of the Harry Potter actress, 24, and Oxford University stud, 22, who first took their relationship public this past January. The good-looking pair were photographed together during an affectionate getaway in the Caribbean.
Though the exact timeline of their split remains unknown, the two have been busier than ever after breakup. The insider tells Us that the actress has "moved on and is currently busy with work and her lining up some philanthropic pushes."
Watson and another megastar Brit Harry Styles recently had fans swooning after the One Direction heartthrob presented her with an award at the British Fashion Awards in London in early December. Still, the source tells Us that Hemma is out of the question.
"She has no plans to date Harry Styles," the insider says, "though he was nice at the awards."
Kpopstarz first talked about it (November 25, 2014) saying she had "put a pause on her relationship with her boyfriend Matt Janney to focus on her career". But it's not a reliable source so no one believed it. Woops.
- Powerful speeches by women in 2014
British actress Emma Watson gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the UN headquarters in New York in September to launch the organisation’s HeForShe campaign aimed at galvanising men and women to help end the inequalities that women and girls face globally.
She said: “I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.”
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- Best Dressed Stars, Constant Red Carpet Winners of 2014
"When it comes to effortless class, we could all take a lesson from Miss Watson. I am so in love with her understated elegance and wonderful knack for hitting the right style note, no matter what the occasion. From this oh so simple yet still totally stunning Ralph Lauren Collection white gown, to a contemporary take on classic tailoring in Saint Laurent, Emma has emerged as a style icon for the modern minimalists." —Jacqueline Lee, Photo Editor
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- Elizabeth Nyamayaro, the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women:
There was no convincing. Which was a wonderful thing and that speaks to her passion and commitment. I approached her a few months and we started having a dialogue about her coming on as a Goodwill Ambassador. Emma struck me as someone who was fresh, passionate and intelligent.
- The 26 Best Performances This Year
Many people caught our attention with rousing speeches about gender equality in 2014 (hey, Shonda!), but Emma Watson's was the standout. Appointed the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, the actress spoke with grace at the launch of the “HeForShe” campaign in September. Watson won a rousing standing ovation from the audience as well as the Internet -- the video now has more than 6 million views on YouTube.
- Women Who Defined 2014
In 2014, Watson became the UN ambassador for women. Her #HeForShe speech about how men need to join in the fight for gender equality sounded a new rallying cry for 2015.
It said what we were all thinking - that for gender equality we have to include men, and have to stop infighting.
- Emma Watson Named Feminist Celebrity of the Year
The actress took top honors in the Ms. Foundation's 2014 survey.
Emma Watson was voted the top feminist of 2014 in a Ms. Foundation for Women online poll, conducted in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com, and it's a well-deserved win. In 2014, the 24-year-old actress gave a rousing speech about gender equality to the United Nations, telling men, "Gender equality is your issue too." In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she also helped launch the "He for She" campaign to work with men in ending violence against women.
"I want men to take up this mantle," Watson said in her speech, "so their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves."
"We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we're giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women's equality," Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa Younger said in a statement. "Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term 'feminist,' spoken out for women's equal rights, or battled against sexist oppression."
- The Most Important Feminist Film Moments of 2014
As 2014 ends, let's take a moment to look back at some of the most important feminist moments of the past 12 months in the hope that these will lead to much needed change for women in film in the not-too-distant future.
Let's start off with Harry Potter actress and recent Brown graduate Emma Watson. She became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and made a speech for a new UN initiative called "He for She."
Here's what she said:
"Why is the word [feminist] such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that, as a woman, I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that, socially, I am afforded the same respect as men." A speech like this reminds me why Hermione was the most interesting character in Harry Potter.
- Emma Watson named Hero of the Year in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards
In 2014 Watson launched a gender equality campaign for the United Nations after being appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Women. She gave a speech to the UN in September where she explained her "uncomplicated" reasons for being a feminist, before justifying the "unpopular word".
The actress graduated from Brown University in May with a bachelor's degree in English literature, making her a member of America's Ivy League.
In the past year Watson has also appeared in Darren Aronofsky's Noah opposite the likes of Russell Crowe, and taken roles in historical cult film Colonia Dignidad and thriller Regression – both due for release in 2015.
Hero of the Year
1. Emma Watson - 15.6%
2. Jennifer Lawrence - 12.2%
3. Lewis Hamilton - 9.7%
4. Benedict Cumberbatch - 9.2%
5. Peter Capaldi - 7.6%
- Best of 2014: The year's most unforgettable moments
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson made a powerful statement when she launched the HeForShe campaign, declaring her feminism and sparking debate.
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Emma Watson has long been famous for being the young woman who stole our hearts as Hermione in the “Harry Potter” film franchise. But this year she gained a name for herself outside her iconic role for an inspiring speech in front of the United Nations.
After being named a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she stood before the General Assembly and spoke about feminism. The speech quickly went viral with feminists all over the world praising her for her words.
The speech also launched the #HeForShe campaign, which — according to Vanity Fair — encourages men all over the world to advocate for women and fight against the gender inequality they see.
While Watson, whose more recent film work includes “Noah” and “This Is the End,” has received a lot of praise for her speech, she’s also seen her share of criticism. Anti-feminists have threatened her on the Internet for her advocacy. But in the face of the adversity, Watson has refused to back down.
For Voice correspondent Megan Crain, Watson was an easy choice as a role model.
“She’s educating people on feminism in a way that is open and inclusive,” the Southeast High School junior said. “She’s an educated, smart young woman, and I think that’s really important for young people to see.”
- 2014: our top stories
Intimidating women who speak out on behalf of their sex will only stop when we show the bullies they have no power
In September, Emma Watson stepped out in front of a crowd at the UN conference and delivered an impassioned speech on gender equality to launch the HeforShe campaign. Then the backlash started: positive tweets were suddenly replaced by “Emma Watson naked photo shock” as hackers threatened to release intimate images of the actress. Our view? This pathetic move only made her voice louder and highlighted the crucial importance of the campaign. It seems our readers agreed, as this piece was our most read, commented and shared of 2014.
- Leading Women's most inspiring women of 2014
The actress of Harry Potter fame became the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and used her speech to the UN to call for gender equality and for women and men alike to reclaim "feminism" to benefit all.
- 12 Ways Emma Watson Finally Left Harry Potter Behind Her in 2014
Emma Watson kicked off the year on a stylish note, with this dramatic dress/pants combo at the Golden Globes. But little did we know that this bold fashion choice would be an indicator of the splash Watson would make in 2014. Elegant in the front, daring in the rear, and, best of all, completely comfortable. You can bet any woman wearing a cumbersome gown was jealous of Watson's ease.
FEBRUARY: NOT JUST A COVER GIRL
Watson has been on the cover of many magazines in her short 24 years, but in this edition of Wonderland, the actress also tried her hand at guest editing. Watson used her wattage to get an impressive line-up of celebrities to appear in the magazine, including Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lena Dunham, her Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, her Noah director Darren Aronofsky, and, of course, J.K. Rowling.
MARCH: IMAGINARY COUPLE ALERT!
Unlike some young actors in Hollywood, Watson has been able to keep her personal, and romantic, relationships out of the headlines. But that didn't stop some very enthusiastic wishful thinking following her appearance at the Academy Awards. Watson's co-presenter, the very gallant Joseph Gordon-Levitt, greeted her at the microphone with a sweeping bow which she returned in kind. That's not much to go on, sure, but then Gordon-Levitt posted this charming backstage selfie to his Facebook page and the Internet lost its collective mind. For the record, they are not dating, but the world is ready to accpet Watson as one half of a grown-up super-couple.
MARCH: STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT
But Watson really kicked 2014 into high gear with her impressively mature performance in Noah. Stealing scenes from Russell Crowe and a biblical storm? Not bad, Watson. The actress had already done some impressive post-Potterwork: The Bling Ring, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a raucous cameo in This Is the End. But none quite as grounded and emotionally intense as her portrayal here.
MAY: 100 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR
Sure, Watson is no ordinary co-ed. She may have had to take a bodyguard with her when she graduated from Brown University, but graduate she did and she's got the excited selfie (and, I suppose, a diploma) to prove it. She has called her time in school an act of rebellion, saying, "I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things."
MAY: HASHING IT OUT
Emma Watson tries her hand at social media activism by joining Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Julia Roberts, and more for the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.
JULY: A CRASH COURSE
Watson laid low for a month after graduation. (Backpacking across Europe? Probably not.) But she returned with a vengeance to land a new gig as the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. We didn't know then what kind of impact Watson owuld make with this role, but the fact that the announcement of her appointment crashed the U.N. Web site should have been a pretty good indicator of what was to come.
JULY: MEETING OF THE MINDS
Of course, Watson's post-graduation summer wasn't all dignified positions at the U.N. and important humanitarian campaigns. Watson, England's favorite young actress, met Jennifer Lawrence, America's favorite young actress, and somehow the world didn't implode from the combined charm.
AUGUST: LAUGH RIOT
Watson had a very triumphant August, which saw her landing on Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List. SHe was praised for the poised way she's grown up before our eyes on the red carpet. But this dressed-down photo may have gotten Watson even more attention. The actress posted this giggling portrait as part of a protest against a sexist Turkish politician who suggested women shouldn't laugh in public. But if you thought Twitter photos were the extent of Watson's activism, you were in for a surprise.
This is the big one. Even those who weren't tracking Watson's personal or professional trajectory in 2014 heard about this. Emma Watson's speech on feminism, which launched the #HeForShe campaign, was inspiring, eloquent, and divisive. (Hint: The divisive part just means it's working.) The speech, and Watson's influence, went on to inspire a host of male allies to throw their support behind the feminist cause.
OCTOBER: THE ROYAL TREATMENT
Pushing pause on the activism to return to Watson's style-icon status, the actress influenced none other than Kate Middleton herself. At least, that's what we choose to believe. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearing pieces by hip, contemporary Spanish jewelry designer Monica Vinader. Vinader, one of Watson's go-to designers, provided pieces for the actress to wear to some of her biggest events in 2014, including the Noah premiere and the U.N. #HeForShe party. So do we know for certain that Kate is taking fashion tips from Emma? We don't. But it's not outside the realm of possibility.
DECEMBER: THE FACE OF FEMINISM
There are a number of women who made worthy steps forward for feminism this year, from Beyoncé to Laverne Cox, to Malala Yousafzai. But Watson did close out 2014 on a feminist high with his campaign for Elle U.K.'s December issue and was, just this week, voted the top feminist celebrity of 2014 in a Ms. Foundation for Woman online poll. Given the year she's had professionally, academically, and personally, Watson has earned every accolade she's received. Hermione would definitely be proud.
- Emma talks about Maggie Smith:
“Maggie is completely straightforward and says it like it is, which I respect immensely. You don’t find many people like that in my industry. Truthfully, I was never aware of Maggie’s greatness … she was just the lady who talked to me about what I was doing and bought me chocolates for Christmas. And I think she liked it that way. And I did too.”
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Months before she delivered a moving speech on feminism and women’s rights at the United Nations as part of her goodwill ambassador role, Emma Watson graduated from Brown University and took a very important selfie to commemorate the achievement. Another win for the smart girl’s club.
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When you are worth a reported £30 million at the age of 24, you could be forgiven for buying an island and a winery and disappearing from public life. But not Emma Watson, who gingerly took the microphone at the UN headquarters earlier this year to deliver what’s been called a “game-changing speech on gender equality”. Voice trembling, the “Harry Potter girl” (as she good-naturedly described herself) launched a new campaign called “He for She” – in which she implored men to ignore the toxic reputation of feminism and join the fight to bring about a better world for all women and girls.
There were sobering facts: In the next 16 years 15.5 million girls will be married off as children, and it will take until 2086 before all rural African girls will receive a secondary education. But, cannily, she also reminded us how gender stereotypes harm men: “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong … It is time that we all perceived gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.” Harry Potter girl’s done good. Real good.
- Alberta Ferretti:
"I have a personal relationship with many celebrities who choose my clothes. Meryl Streep, an icon and an exceptional woman; Scarlett Johansson, a loyal friend since her first red carpet at the Oscars eleven years ago; Sandra Bullock, full of life and energetic; Emma Watson, intelligent, adorable; and so many others like Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence."