After shining in her role as a UN Ambassador with her groundbreaking HeForShe campaign, Emma Watson is rightfully VERY influential right now
Emma Watson earned herself accolades from diplomats, world leaders and the general public alike when she took to the stage at a very important UN summit to tackle the negative perceptions of feminism in the world today, consequently launching her now infamous HeForShe campaign. She was even named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2015 in TIME's annual list. (A title she well and truly deserves.)
In honour of her constant fight for feminism and equal rights, we've gathered all of Emma's most powerful, inspiring and down-right honest quotes that have helped make her one of the world's most influential people...
'The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.'
'Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. It’s often not cool to be the person who puts themselves out there.'
'As much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.'
'I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts.'
'We [women] have unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and our bodies have a function.'
'I think that it is very important if you know what you want, understand where you are heading towards, and try your best to get it. It is only when we use our hearts to do it, and fall in love with what we are doing, then can we really get real determination.'
'Girls should never be afraid to be smart.'
'We [women] really damage our own confidence when we put ourselves down, so I try not to.'
'I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.'
'All I can do is follow my instincts because I’ll never please everyone.'
'There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect – you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are.'
'I'm excited about the ageing process. I'm more interested in women who aren't perfect. They're more compelling.'
'I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.
'We [women] really need to support each other, we really do. So, I guess I would say be brave enough to acknowledge that things are not there yet and support each other.'
'Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next.'
'I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior – a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess.'
'There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.'
'It's not the word [feminism] that it's important. It's the idea and ambition behind it.'
'Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of someone who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoia's, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.'
In case you missed it, you should definitely watch Emma Watson deliver her amazing HeForShe campaign speech — it rings home on so many levels...