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​emma watson says fashion is a feminist issue

The actor also reveals that she was advised not to use the word 'feminism' in her famous #HeForShe speech.

by Nick Levine
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30 November 2015, 4:46pm

Emma Watson, who was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014, has revealed that her passion for feminism was sparked partly by her interest in fair-trade fashion. "Because so many women design and make the clothes we wear, it's primarily the working conditions of women that are affected by the decisions we make, so fashion is a feminist issue," the former Harry Potter actor says in a new interview with Porter magazine.

At the #HeForShe campaign launch in September 2014, Watson called for men to join the fight for gender equality, and her articulate, stirring speech was widely applauded. However, the actress and activist reveals in the same interview that she was advised beforehand not to include the word "feminism" in her call to arms. "People felt that it was alienating and separating, and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible," Watson recalls. "But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?"

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Text Nick Levine
Photography Mariano Vivanco
Styling Caroline Sieber