Emma Watson’s Harper’s Bazaar UK shoot: Bieber-esque or cute?


Emma Watson is the cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar UK, for the August issue. Ah, to be just the right age to cover both Seventeen and a major style magazine in the same month. I have to say – I actually might prefer Emma’s wholesome Seventeen photo shoot to this mess. Some of the images are striking, although the white, Vaseline-smeared pics kind of look like ads for yeast infection cures. Beyond that, I feel I must disregard the entire shoot because of THE WIG OF DOOM:


For goodness sake! The girl already has a Justin Bieber problem! The problem being: in a certain light, with a certain hairstyle, she looks just like Justin Bieber. Why would you put a dark Justin Bieber wig on her?!?

Anyway, there aren’t many interview excerpts thus far, but Emma does change her story yet again about dropping out of Brown. Here you go:


Emma on why she left Brown University: ‘Leaving Brown had nothing to do with bullying, as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life. Like a lot of other students at Brown, I might spend my third year abroad.’

Why she didn’t and WON’T choose a British university: Although Watson is still musing over where to complete her studies, it appears her native England is unlikely to be an option. When asked why she didn’t originally chose an English university, Watson explained: ‘I felt suddenly very claustrophobic…I thought, “I can’t stay here, I won’t be able to concentrate, I won’t be left alone.”‘

Emma takes acting classes: ‘My acting tutor said the hardest thing for me was to get angry. I almost broke down in tears when they tried to get me to be angry. I said, “I can’t do it, I just can’t do it.” I keep all of that really bottled up somewhere and I feel unleashing it would be the scariest thing – and to let myself be powerful, sexy, all those things, it’s scary for me. [Even playing the bad girl in this shoot] felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward, it didn’t come naturally at all.’

On not wanting to be in Hollywood: ‘LA scares the crap out of me. I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad, I will absolutely lose it.’

[From The Mail]

So much for just taking a semester off to work. So much for simply leaving Brown. So much for transferring to a university close to home. The new excuse is that she *might* want to study abroad “like other students at Brown.” But she dropped out? Sure. Studying abroad is great, and taking a semester off… well, it happens. But it just feels like she’s throwing excuses out there because she doesn’t want to take the heat for dropping out of college to party and model.

As for her remarks on LA… sure. But even though she’s not living in LA, she seems to talk a lot about her appearance and how people react to her appearance, right? She obsesses about appearances too – so part of that is on her.



Photos courtesy of Bazaar UK/The Mail.

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  1. debunkJazz says:

    “But it just feels like she’s throwing excuses out there because she doesn’t want to take the heat for dropping out of college to party and model.”

    I agree with the first part of the sentence, at least.
    Her reasons for really taking a semester off are pretty iffy, though I don’t think she’s a party girl.
    Studying abroad implies that you go to another country than your own, so it’s just lame if she goes to back to the UK as she’s rumoured to do so.
    She’s lucky that the media aren’t very critical about her dropping out.

  2. Missy says:

    Really? Can we just drop this “why Emma left school” drama?….who cares?? It’s her life, let her do with it what she wants for whatever reasons she chooses. Maybe she needed a break, sheesh.

  3. Cheyenne says:

    Why is it the media’s or anyone else’s business if she does drop out?

  4. Mae East says:

    Aw, I like the wig! I think it’s much more Louise Brooksesque than Bieberish…

  5. Nat says:

    Whatever you say about this girl – I can’t really hate her.

    Ok she suspended her education but I think she’s done that as she’s into fashion a lot (at leat that’s what I gather from her interviews) and maybe it is a bit shallow but she’s still young and it has happened to her that Lancome (which I presume to any young girl means a lot) offered her a contract and I’m sure it’s a short-term arrangement and if she had rejected it – well she would have lost a once in a lifetime opportunity. And also it’s not that she’s not coming back to school – i’m sure she will at some stage, sooner rather than later.

    A lot of people out there take breaks from collages or unis to travel or do other stuff they want to do and I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with that.

    She’s not a partying kinda girl and if she is asked to do an appearance on a party. Well maybe she’s doing that to support a friend or something. We will obviuosly see more of her now that HP last part is about to be released and it is a big deal and also it is part of her contract – promoting it, interviews and all other stuff that comes with it.

    Regarding the hair – after they stopped filming HP – she said that for so many years she had to maintain certain look and when she was done with the film she kinda wanted to try something different maybe a bit rebellious but again I think I would do the same thing.
    And now she knows long hair suits her better and she is growing it and I think it has been mentioned on here before – to grow out a pixxie cut is hell of a job for anyone – I’ve been there myself when I was growing my hair for my wedding and it was awful I looked ridiculous and felt like the least attractive person in the whole world so whatever is happening with her hair now will pass and in 6/8 months time – we will all be admiring it again.

  6. Amea says:

    College is becoming obsolete. I truly think all that it is good for is improving people/relationship skills, networking, living in another country for a semester (if you’re lucky and can afford it), and acquiring debt, which seems to be the modern rite-of-passage into adulthood.

    She knows what she wants to do, and she has the resources to do it. I always feel like celebs go to school just for the experience–which is great. But they DON’T need it. She has friends, contacts, a career, she’s traveled, she’s mature, she’s done so much already and if she wants to keep on that same path it’s really not a big deal.

    I’m a rising senior at one of the top public universities, good grades, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, but I firmly believe that college is not mandatory to be successful, and I will not force my kids to go if they already have a set gameplan for success that they are serious about, which seems to be Emma’s case.

    And it may just be my computer, but does she look kind of like she has freckles on that cover? I kind of like it.

  7. gabs says:

    I like her and dont care about the college thing but her comments on La are hypocritical seeing as how she is obviously obsessed with looks. She is one of those “fashion girls” that never has a hair out of place so that part about how superficial LA is made me roll my eyes coming from her. Was this a white swan/black swan inspired shoot? She looks gorgeous even with the bad wig.

  8. yepp says:

    she is young with a ton of money if she wants to drop out of school let her.. I never had that luxury, i also dont have her bank account either. its always a better example to set. but its her choice and im sure she will not suffer for it later on in life.

  9. Kate says:

    She keeps doing all of these high-fashion photoshoots and she looks great and all they do is reinforce for me how wrong she was– looks-wise, at least– for Hermione.

    Hermione in the books has frizzy hair and buck teeth, and if I remember Goblet of Fire correctly, the reason why she’s such a stunner at the Yule Ball is because she used magic to make herself look better, and at the end of the night she’s back to her old self. I think it’s too bad that they couldn’t cast a girl closer to the book’s description (or at least style Emma in the movies to match the book), but then again I’m not surprised that a film studio wouldn’t dare use a ‘plainer’ looking girl as a heroine, source material or not. I mean, how great would that have been for girls to see somebody who helps save the day (and gets the boy to boot) and isn’t conventionally pretty, just smart and resourceful?

  10. GeekChic says:

    A lot of people take a break from college. Like Arnea said, she doesn’t exactly need college for her career or future plans, so what is the big deal? I’m a professor and I can tell you without a doubt that college is not for everyone. If she goes back, fine. If she doesn’t, fine.

    I don’t understand why you’re so hard on her, to be honest. Saying that she dropped out of college to party seems to be simply untrue. You don’t ever see her falling out of clubs at 3am a la Lohan and her ilk. You see her filming movies, doing ad campaigns, and promoting her work like a professional. Why blast her for that?

  11. hmmhmm says:

    @ Kate, she looked alot like hermoine in the first movie, then I think they wanted to go modern with her hair. That’s what i figured.

    And school isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, trade school is better for those just not interested in being well verse with a BA/BS.

  12. Angie says:

    Mia wasikowska (alice in wonderland) is also on the cover of harper bazaar (australia), I prefer her shoot. But Emma is still cute and lovely even with a bad wig. The way she comes accross in her interview, she still struggle with fame but I found her more endearing with emma than kristen, she is more professional and warm.

  13. almond says:

    @ Kate As a big HP fan, I have to say you are wrong. In the books Hermione did nothing more than wear a pretty dress, put on make-up and straiten her hair. The latter she did with a magic concoction called sleekeazy. So, she had the potential to be pretty, but she never bothered with it. She said as much in the book; it took too long to do her hair that way for her to keep it pretty throughout the school year.

    I think Emma looks like that Blair from Gossip Girl in the dark brown wig. Am I the only one who sees that?

  14. azurea says:

    Pretty but not a great model. She almost always looks uncomfortable.

  15. jello says:

    So what if she took some time off? She’s probably been working non-stop since she was a wee kid.

  16. cindy says:

    OMG!!!!!!! The black sequin dress. I want it

  17. tooey says:

    I hate the pose more than the wig? WTF is that? I see it all the time; hands on hips, hunched in, stomach sucked to the point of looking concave. That pose was dead in 1973 fer pete’s sake. Get rid of it.

  18. Why keep hating on this girl every time the word “college” comes up?

    She’s miles away from being crazy, she’s got a lot on her plate; honestly- this bit about her being the next celebrity train wreck is played.

    And about those pictures- Twiggy?

  19. ElleGin says:

    I think she just doesn’t know what she really wants to do yet. I believe that she wants to study, but she also wants her career. Nothing wrong with putting one on hold for a bit.

  20. serena says:

    Let the hair grow! Enough with the pixie cut!

  21. harfang says:

    You do realize this kid hasn’t been a kid since she was 9 or 10, right? I think you’re being hard on her. Someone who has not had a normal adolescence, and is now expected to be very together and a full-fledged adult, is bound to have flaky moments. Give her time, she will stop being wishy-washy on things. she’s very intelligent.

    The high-contrast pics are great, I even like the effect of the wig in them. The other ones are so derivative and strange. She does have the correct face and physique for them, but you know, just because you CAN make someone look like an early ’70s supermodel doing a facial tissue ad doesn’t mean you SHOULD…

  22. Lucinda says:

    I agree. Back off already. She is still just a girl. She’s not doing stuff that so many are. I think you are disappointed in her and being unfairly harsh.

  23. jover says:

    I’m sorrry I’d rather see fashion models on the covers of fashion mags; but geez is there anything truly interesting about her really; today’s 20something celebs simply haven’t lived enough – not enough real life experiences educationally, work, maybe military service, plus kicking around the world abit,etc. (but not in their celebrity cocoon), notice they all sound the same and few have any really good stories to tell about anything,a sign that you’re interested in something other than your career; she might be a nice girl, but she’s insipid and not the slightest bit hip, cool, or engaging. Sorry if i went overboard.

  24. TL says:

    Emma is a master of changing her excuses for things.

    WHAT SHE SAID THEN: From metro.co.uk Nov 2010, “In an interview with The Mirror, the actress said: ‘I’ve been in love once in my life but it was complicated. I can’t tell you who it was because it wouldn’t be fair to any others. But I can say I’ve never had my heart broken.”

    WHAT SHE SAYS NOW (seventeen magazine due in July): From forums.pottershots.net, Have you ever had your heart broken?, EW: Oh, yeah! The first time I had my heart broken, I remember saying, and I’m never going to find anyone like him again. You always feel like that when you break up with someone or are single for a while and it so isn’t the case. Life isn’t over because it didn’t work out with this one person. What’s your best advice for getting over it? EW: Girlfriends are good; exercise is good—and chocolate! But you have to remind yourself that the world is a huge place, and there are hundreds of opportunities and different people to meet and so many places to go.

    From Sunday Style magazine interview June 2011 Recently, rumours did the rounds that Watson left Brown because she was being given a tough time for her star status. This infuriates her. “It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied. It made no sense at all. Brown has been the opposite. I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus

    From glamourvanity.com November 2nd 2010 In her recent interview Emma confessed she once had a minor breakdown right in front of the class when one of her classmates asked for her autograph – Emma Watson just burst in uncontrollable tears crying that she just wanted them to see her as a fellow student and not as a Hollywood star. “I had a breakdown,” Emma Watson confessed. “Not a hissy fit, more like uncontrollable crying. Everyone looked at me horrified, like, ‘Oh my God! What’s wrong with her?’ I just said, ‘I’m really sorry, but I’m here to study and I just want to be a student.


  25. cle says:

    Have to agree with Missy and while I don’t really care about her skills I also don’t get this Brown issue. Emma Stone didn’t finish high school, is far worse actress and nobody is calling her a new Lohan or whatever… Emma is young, needs to try things and good for for even trying to get an education; not like she’s going to need it.

  26. Patricia says:

    I don’t hate Emma but I think she is really way past being overexposed and needs to go away for a while.

    I think “performance artists” can do irreparable damage to their careers by being everywhere all the time. If she wants any longevity she needs to get smart and stop – now.

    She is not Kim K or Paris – or even Lindsay – who needs to take advantage of all the opportunities immediately b /c they may never get another one.

    I think it makes her look desperate to be in every magazine and not be confident enough to go away and come back to enjoy an even higher level of popularity (which I think she would).

    Madonna was a master at knowing when to go away and when to reappear – she has stretched what some may say was a very “talentless” career for several decades by doing this so well.

    Watch and learn Emma. Watch and learn.

  27. hmm says:

    She was so pretty back when she was 17 or 18, but she somehow lost some of that. I don’t understand all this about her dropping out to party etc. People party so much in college!! Lots of students binge drink 4 or 5 nights a week. If you really wanted to party, college would be the perfect place to be.

  28. Mk says:

    If she wants to leave College for modeling and partying good for her, she’s rich and she can do whatever she wants. But she really needs to stop playing that double game. That’s what annoys me about her. ” omg i want to go to college because education is my prioty” but a few months after she drops it for Lancome and to do photoshoots. Education is clearly not her priority then so is she lying and making excuses? own it girl and before please learn how to act.

  29. Tara says:

    That last picture is so pretty! I don’t know why she dropped out but it is rumored that the kids at Brown University were sort of mean and snotty to her. She seems like such a nice persona and it probably threw her for a loop emotionally. i don’t blame her for retreating a bit. She was a child star but she doesn’t seem to be hitting the drugs and booze like most child actors do when they grow up. The media should stop hounding her about the whole college thing. She has earned the right to explore some of her interests. Since when do we give young people such a hard time? She’s not hurting anyone.

  30. Jill says:

    I cannot understand the fascination with this girl! She’s just so plain. And she looks out of place in these high fashion shoots.

  31. Mike says:

    i dont get it. she doesnt have “studying abroad” as an excuse. she just said “i wanst bullied” and then “i might spend my third semester abroad” that means the rumored bullying was only a rumor and not her reason to take a break.

    how should taking an semester abroad be an excuse for dropping out/taking a semester of? you cant take a semester abroad if you drop out, so she hasnt.

    so i dont get why you write that she uses it as an excuse.

    im sure she says education is important to her only for her image, but i dont see an excuse in this interview.
    you can blame her for a lot of things and lies but not in this one imho.

  32. daisy says:

    Emma Stone didn’t finish high school but she has never said education was her priority, she only wants to be an actress and she’s honest about it . Emma watson has always been like ” education is my priority , i want to go to college and have a normal life, i am so rich and don’t know what to do with my money…” blah blah blah . And people are like omg Emma is so grounded and down to earth…No she isn’t , she likes fame just like other actresses but she is so stuck up and so fake to admit it.
    What’s the fascination with this girl? Is it because she has a cute British accent ? Well may be that’s why i am not fascinated since i a British too. She has not talent and she is not very beautiful to start with. Sorry but this is just my opinion.

  33. TL says:

    Kaiser you shoud see her photoshoot for a mexican magazine. Eeesssh it’s even worse. I dont know when it is due out. She claims to be so shy and not about fame but does magazine after magazine all over the world. She’s so full of herself and I wish more people would take notice. She plays the fame game like a pro.

  34. Dhavy says:

    I bet she’s smarter than some college girls her age or other actresses her age. I don’t care about her decision, it would have been good if she stayed just because these days young girls look up to people in entertainment for inspiration (so sad). She’s no Lohan or Spears so I don’t get where the party stuff is coming from.

    Anyway, she doesn’t look that bad and I love the black dress in the second picture