Actress Emma Watson is well recognized for her role in the famous “Harry Potter” movie franchise – and with that type of recognition comes a bright spotlight.
That bright spotlight makes Emma a role model for young girls, especially when it comes to body image. The 22-year-old actress admits that it took her awhile to come to terms with her body shape. She told Britain’s Glamour magazine:
‘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.’
‘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.’
Talking about the pressures of losing weight young women face, Emma told the mag:
‘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.’