LOS ANGELES (KBCWtv) – 26-year-old Emma Watson clapped back at critics who said her Vanity Fair photo shoot “betrayed her feminist ideals.”

In a statement, to the Associated Press, Watson said the issue represented “a fundamental and complete misunderstanding of what feminism is.”

“Feminism is about equality and it’s about choice.” She adds: “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.”

An image from Watson’s Vanity Fair shoot has her posing in a white crochet top while showing cleavage.

Emma Watson plays the lead role “Belle” in Walt Disney Picture’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” in theaters Friday, March 17th.

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