It's Emma Watson's birthday today, so in honour of her turning 28 we decided to look back at five times she nailed it. And none of them include her fashion sense - we're talking about five times she was absolute life goals.
So here's a head's up that if you're in bed RN eating last night's spice bag, this isn't going to help your fear. You have been warned.
That time she addressed the UN
In 2014 Emma was named as UN Goodwill Ambassador. She had just graduated from Brown University and promised to dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women's HeForShe campaign. And then she addressed the UN with a powerhouse of a speech.
When she reimagined a Disney classic
Beaut and the Beast is not high on the suggested viewing list for budding feminists, but in Emma's hands it got a makeover. When she starred as Belle in the live action remake of the movie, Emma was determined to present the heroine in a new, super woke, way. Seriously.
Emma demanded that Belle's iconic yellow ball dress no longer included a corset, that she wore boots instead of shoes and that she was shown inventing a washing machine so she could indulge in her favourite past times instead of doing chores.
It may sound like little changes, but it was enough to impress feminist icon Gloria Steinem who saw an early screening of the movie and said: “It was fascinating that Emma's activism could be so well mirrored by the film."
That time she set up a feminist book club
We all swear we'll read more. We buy the books, we plan the reading of them and then somehow we fall down a Kardashian hole and lose several hours. Which isn't a bad thing FYI. But if you need a kickup the arse to read more, and to read books that challenge your POV, then Emma Watson is there for you.
In 2016 she set up a feminist book club on Twitter. Suggesting titles her followers could and should read if they had an interest in feminist issues. She also went one step further when it emerged in 2017 that she also hides the books around New York City in an effort to encourage reading. As seen in this Vanity Fair video.
Now that's putting your money where your mouth is!
When she made us all want to get involved
It's very easy to talk about things like #metoo and #timesup and not really do anything about it. Emma not only turned up at this year's Oscars sporting a #timesup tattoo. But she consistently stands up for what she believes in.
She also makes us want to get involved. In one interview Emma made us all want to stand up for the gender pay gap.
She said: "I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved, on my behalf, in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."
To celebrate today’s #internationalwomensday I’ll be curating @natgeo’s Instagram feed, selecting and sharing powerful images taken by National Geographic’s emerging female photographers around the world. Women photographers are often under-represented and under-celebrated, so I’m thrilled to mark this day by profiling the talented female story-tellers and image-makers that are working hard to build empathy across borders x #iwd2018 #timesup
When she convinced a generation of girls it was OK to be smart
Can you think of a role model quite as brilliant as Hermione? Right Anna and Elsa come kinda close, but Hermione was first. And it was the first time a whole generation of little girls saw somebody on TV who was smart. Who had friends. And who was completely happy to be who she was. Sure Hermione has her wobbles (the Yule Ball will always be a sore point) but for the most part she is a kick ass role model for little girls. And some big girls!