Emma Watson is my childhood hero. I watched her on-screen journey as Hermione ever since I was 8 years old, and learned from her mistakes and accomplishments along the way. I think it’s safe to say that she greatly influenced my generation, both by her on-screen alter-ego and as herself. She has a unique voice in Hollywood, being one of the few childhood actors that lead a scandalous-free life and graduated from a university. Besides Hermione, her portrayal of Sam (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and recently Belle (The Beauty and the Beast) made it clear that she has a knack for choosing strong, independent female characters. Her recent take on feminism might be even more admirable than her entire film career.
The impact she had on me while I was growing up was greatly influenced by the fact that I had the same bushy/untamed hair as Hermione, and I loved to study (I still do). She is one of the women who showed me that I can really have it all, caring both about fashion and education. Emma taught me that I have nothing to be ashamed of by doing well in school and being an introvert, and I’d be forever grateful for that.
She inspired me in so many ways, and here I pinpoint the main ones:
The thing I admire about Emma the most is how much importance she places on education. Despite having enough money to do nothing for the rest of her life, she completed her high-school education earning straight A’s and graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature.
To get inspired by this, try to learn something new each day. Catch up on your studies, do a little extra work, or learn a new language. Read a newspaper, a novel, watch a science documentary, it doesn’t really matter. As long as you choose something that broadens your mind and pushes your boundaries a little farther.
2. Fashion & Style
In 2011 Emma won Elle’s Style Icon award, followed by 2014’s Best British Style award. She is still recognized as one of the biggest fashion icons of her generation. Her style is simple, sophisticated, and a little romantic, especially during her younger years. She loves to wear black, brown, red and ecru.
To dress like Emma, stick to classic pieces with interesting cuts. Combine a classic trench coat with black sweater, ecru blouse and ankle skinny jeans. Accessorize with pointed ballet flats and simple scarf. Recently, she seems to wear berets quite often, which somehow soften her sophisticated look.
As for makeup, pay great attention to your eyebrows! Emma has naturally thick eyebrows, but at least she uses something to make them glow. Using lip balm or transparent lip gloss does the trick. On red carpet, she seems to stick to classic red lip and mascara look most often.
For more detailed study of Emma’s style check out this website.
Emma became a goodwill ambassador for UN women in 2014, and her speech launching a new campaign created a revolution. She distinguished between feminism and man-hating, and encouraged not only women, but also men, to take a stand. Since then, many celebrities and public figures supported her campaign, and addressed on the topic of feminism. Two years ago, she started a book club called Our Shared Shelf, which lies in recommending one book of feminist topic each month. She also distributes and hides these books in public places for certain lucky people to find them.
To embrace feminism, why not become a part of Our Shared Shelf? It is a great way to educate yourself as well. Among the books that has been recommended are The Color Purple, The Women Who Run with The Wolves or The Beauty Myth. Stand up to injustice, watch your humor and your thoughts! Don’t let the media tell you who you are. Finally try that sport that you haven’t before, because you considered it to be too masculine. Or become a book fairy, and hide a copy of a book in public place. Maybe it will make someone’s day better or even change someone’s life!
4. British lifestyle
Emma was born in Paris, lived there for 5 years and then moved to England. Her nationality is British, and it is seen in the way she speaks (obviously), dresses and in her outlook on life in general. She even modeled for Burberry, which for me is the quintessential British brand.
To channel the britishness, throw on a trench coat, and head to the café to have a lovely cup of English Breakfast tea, and catch up on some reading. Plus point if it’s raining outside. Another fun thing to try is to master English accent. I find interviews with Emma helpful and entertaining, as well as exercises like this one.
5. Yoga/healthy lifestyle
Every time I look at pictures of Emma, I feel like she is one of the people who live healthily but at the same time don’t overdo it. She eats both salad and pizza. She works out but she is not fitness-obsessed.
To imitate this, go to a yoga class! Emma loves yoga – she has yoga and meditation teacher’s certificate. She loves to dance as well, so how about that? As for food, try to eat healthy, but don’t overdo it! Eat a lot of vegetables and whole-grain products, but have a slice of pizza once in a while.
1-day Emma To channel Emma for only one day, catch up with a good book, or attend a fashion event! Or bring your book to the fashion event with you, that would be something Emma would definitely do! If you choose a book from Our Shared Shelf, even better!
What do you think? Did you grow up watching Hermione fighting against evil? Do you consider Emma to be your role model? Let me know in the comments!