ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Although Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast will finally be roaring into theatres on March 17, the movie's leading lady Emma Watson decided to channel a different heroine at the London premiere of the highly-anticipated film.

Swapping the bright canary yellow frock Belle wears in the upcoming movie for a stunning light blue creation by Emilia Wickstead, the sported a look that would give Cinderella a run for her money.

Made of eco-friendly materials and sustainable fabrics, Emma's off-the-shoulder dress also boasted a long, trailing train that had to be carried behind her down the red carpet. Looking every bit the Disney royalty, she once again proved that she really does have what it takes to be the perfect princess.

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And although we can all unanimously agree that is our Belle, it's impossible to ignore the fact that her premiere dress choice harks back to a time when she was considered for the Cinderella role that eventually went to actress Lily James.

Lily James as Cinderella [Credit: Disney]
Lily James as Cinderella [Credit: Disney]

During an interview in January, Watson revealed that she was offered the role in Kenneth Branagh's live-action remake but chose to decline because she believed that Cinders wasn't enough of a good role model. Speaking to Total Film magazine, she admitted:

"I didn't know they were going to make 'Beauty And The Beast' at the time I turned down Cinderella. But when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice."

Thankfully, director Bill Condon's princess had a much greater appeal and together, they worked to shape Belle into a woman of "empowering defiance." Watson explained:

"In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring."

Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see just how powerful that challenge really is when Beauty and the Beast hits theatres next month:

Is Emma Watson the perfect Disney princess?

[Credit: Disney]
[Credit: Disney]

(Source: Cosmopolitan, Elle UK)


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