“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson has blossomed into a beautiful, well-adjusted young woman and has avoided the pitfalls of drug abuse and self-destructive behavior that have tarnished the careers of other child stars.
“I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast,” Watson told the June 2013 issue of W. “I wanted to wear a sports bra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”
Emma, 23, is currently an undergraduate English major at Brown University in Rhode Island, and continues to act in films during her school vacations. While the willowy 5-foot-6 Watson exudes a confidence beyond her years, she admits she has struggled with body image.
“My weight has fluctuated between [a U.S. size four to eight],” she told Glamour UK. “When you’re growing, your body is still figuring itself out and it takes a while to settle down.”
Emma, who runs, does yoga, dances and plays tennis, once idealized the super-skinny physiques of fashion models before realizing it wasn’t a realistic or healthy look for her.
“I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older,” said Watson. “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.”
Emma finds the weight-consciousness among young girls these days extremely alarming. “It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down,” she said. “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.”
Watson is hailed for her natural beauty, but admits that working in the looks-obsessed movie business sometimes makes her paranoid about her weight, body, and looks.
“L.A. scares the cr*p out of me,” she said. “If I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad.
“I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick-thin,” she said. “I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything, but it’s hard.”