Emma Watson covers Glamour UK, talks body image & body acceptance

Emma Watson covers the October issues of Glamour Magfor both the UK and US editions (I think, but I may be wrong?). I believe the cover with the slicked back hair and the purple dress is the UK cover, and the US cover is the one with the bigger, fluffy hair and eye makeup. Emma did the dual covers to promote The Perks of Being a Wallflower, one of the first big post-Potter roles – although Emma did have a small, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it part in last year’s My Week With Marilyn. This will be her first “big part” in that people are curious to see if she has a fan base willing to come out and see a smaller movie just because she’s in it. As for the Glamour interview… she sounds fine. Some highlights:

Accepting her body shape: ‘I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older. I went through a stage of wanting to have that straight-up-and-down model look, but I have curves and hips, and in the end you have to accept yourself as you are.’

She’ll admit her real size, unlike a Kardashian: ‘My weight has fluctuated between a size 6 and a 10. When you’re growing, your body is still figuring itself out and it takes a while to settle down. I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.’

Body image and peer pressure: ‘It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down. We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and out bodies have a function. We say that the pressure is coming from men but actually it’s from each other. I think women feel so much pressure these days and it can turn us against each other. But we really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.’

She wants more quality control in her love life: ‘I wish someone had told me at 15: “You accept the love that you think you deserve.” I would have approached my relationships completely differently if they had. I like this idea of quality control – that we don’t have to accept just anyone into our lives. People talk about love as though it just happens to you – as though you’re a victim in it all, when actually you can make good choices and bad. But women have a natural tendency to want to nurture and take care of men. I tend to date people who are quite introspective. I like deep thinkers.’

She’s still talking about her haircut: “The majority of boys around me were like, ‘Why did you do that?’ But I never felt as confident as I did with short hair.”

She doesn’t want to date another actor: “I try not to. It definitely makes me nervous. I haven’t tried to make others celebrity friends or date people who are in my industry, because it’s difficult and it can be really superficial. I’m lucky that most of the people I’ve dated I’ve been at university with.”

She’s nerdy: “I was always the smart, nerdy one. People put you in boxes, and that was my box. So it’s really nice [the compliments], but looks have never been something that I focused on or that people around me did. But I liked being nerdy one.”

[From The Mail]

I like everything she says about body image and her size fluctuations at that age – God, when I think about how skinny I was when I was between the ages of 16 and 20, it’s crazy. And that whole time I thought I was such a whale. And then I gained weight in my early 20s and it became so difficult to take it off. Sigh… I miss my teenage metabolism and my teenage willpower. I also ended up liking what she said about “quality control” in dating, and the tendency for women to be “passive” about love, as if “love” is just something that happens to them. Basically, I came out of this interview really liking Emma more than ever.

Photos courtesy of Glamour UK & US.

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  1. Mauibound says:

    Emma just keeps getting better as she grows in everyway, I wish I would have been able to see things with that perspective at that age

  2. Devon says:

    Love her so much. The stuff about body image is great. However, it should be noted that she’s talking a UK size 6 to 10, which is more like a US size 2 to 6. Even though she said a size 10, she’s still really tiny!

    I just moved to the UK and went to buy clothes and grabbed the size I thought I was back in Canada. Nope! Had to go up 2 sizes. Such a blow to the ego!

    US to UK sizes (roughly, or what I’ve noticed):
    0 = 4
    2 = 6
    4 = 8
    6 = 10
    8 = 12
    10 = 14
    12 = 16
    14 = 18
    and so on…

  3. Micki says:

    I’m curious to see her new film.Nice interview without artsy BS.

  4. Seagulls says:

    I far prefer the British magazine’s styling!

  5. Gale says:

    She’s the same age as Kristen Stewart yet the difference is huge.

  6. Nina says:

    Oh. My. God. Those shoes in the last picture! WANT.

  7. pretty says:

    she is very very pretty.
    When i first watched the HarryPotter movie 1, I kept thinking wow this girl is soooo pretty. seriously she has a gorgeous face

  8. Bite me aka aniston says:

    She has the same problem Hayden pattie ere (sp) too short to play more grown roles, will for ever look like a child

    • Emma is 5’6… That’s not short, that’s about average height for a woman :P

      Oh and she looks lovely and sounds like a really cool girl. I wish I was her friend!

    • RocketMerry says:

      Don’t know how Aiden is spelled, but the surname is Panettiere, pronounced as Pa-nEt-tiE-rE: all E are strongly enunciated, as the first E in “nEver” and the double T is pronounced as well. She herself pronounces it without the final E, which I guess is easier to enunciate for Americans? Anyways, it means “baker” in Italian :)

      Anywoo, I guess I like Emma, she sounds very mature and gracious about her work and life in general.
      Only, when she says that women are rather passive about love… eh, I guess she’s right. I am, but that’s just because when I’m being pro-active I get in the hands of seriously dangerous and mentally ill men, so… I’m done being “active”. I’m saying, most women are simply too tired of being fooled by men and tend to be by themselves, daydream about love and let that be it.

  9. ramona says:

    I LOVE her hair in the top photo. That’s the haircut I’d have if I knew how to blowdry/style my hair.

  10. Ally says:

    Lovely pics, lovely girl…very grounded considering she was a child star. What a contrast to Rihanna ‘don’t you know who I am’ who happens to be the story next to this. Emma’s two years younger too.

    I assume she’s talking about her body image and her lovelife because she was asked.

  11. serena says:

    I’m really growing to like Emma more and more. She is really a steady and smart girl, not a beauty but still very pretty to me.

    ‘Most people I’ve dated I’ve been in university with’.. I’m really curious about that.

    Oh and nice photoshoot.

  12. Kennedy says:

    Early buzz on Perks is really good. I’m interested to see this film.

  13. taylor says:

    I’ve always thought she was really cute, but this photo shoot made me realize she’s likely going to be stunning in her 30s!
    Also, nice quotes! It’s pleasant to see someone so young and famous who still seems relatively grounded.

  14. Ludakristen says:

    I love the second picture. She’s gorgeous.

  15. Lindy says:

    So smart and put-together. Esp. what she says about love not being something that “happens”–she’s so right! I wish I had had more wisdom about that when I was younger.

  16. erica says:

    This girl really does have it all, doesn’t she? LOVE her!!

  17. debunker says:

    The photographs are good (though some are photoshopped) but I can’t get over the discrepancy between these and her scruffy, make-up free candid pictures.

  18. Belly says:

    Agree with other posters, I love this girl! She really is the whole package. No juicy gossip to be had, but it is so nice to have someone actually admirable to read about on here, and not boo hiss at the monitor!

  19. bicoastal says:

    Love this girl. Since Emma Watson exists why do we even need Kristen Stewart?