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Savoring her moment in the spotlight thanks to the release of Disney's live-action adaptation of , in which she plays main character Belle, posed for British fashion photographer Tim Walker for Vanity Fair. But while you'd think an actress would be applauded for landing such a gorgeous cover, she got a swift backlash instead: The fact that you could spot her underboob in one picture was apparently enough to dismiss all of her feminist activism to this day.

Watson caught wind of the uproar during the press tour for the movie, and she sighed — as everyone with common sense did — at the thought of having to explain once again what feminism is about. Her short response hits the nail on the head.

'Feminism Is About Giving Women Choice'

Speaking to The Telegraph, Watson sounded reasonably upset when asked about the controversy around her photoshoot, and felt like she had to clarify what she was standing for when calling herself a feminist:

"Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my t*ts have to do with it. It's very confusing."

When Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast in the movie, asked her what the fuss was about, she summed it up perfectly:

"They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and have boobs."

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Between that and the outrage at Le Fou's character being 's first gay character in the live-action version, it really seems like Beauty and the Beast is educating a whole lot of people about the perks of tolerance. Who would have thought the tale as old as time would be so modern?

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