Emma Watson for Harper’s Bazaar UK
Hermione gets another spread and we have some unasked-for advice to give her.
Harper’s Bazaar UK August 2011 Issue
Editorial “Good Girl Gone Bad?”
Photographer: Alexi Lubomirski
Stylist: Cathy Kasterine
On Hollywood: “LA scares the crap out of me. I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad, I will absolutely lose it.”
On the fashion world: “It can be savage and cruel, in that it’s prescriptive — you have to look a certain way and fit a certain mold — but also in the way it’s made.”
On being the good girl: “There has never been room in my life for [rebellion]- I couldn’t imagine giving my family any more trouble, it’s already been complicated enough.”
On playing the bad girl: “I almost broke down in tears when they tried to get me to be angry. I said, ‘I just can’t do it.’ – and to let myself be powerful, sexy, all those things, it’s scary for me. [Even playing the bad girl in this shoot] felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward, it didn’t come naturally at all.”
It’s called “Good Girl Gone Bad?” but this editorial looks more like “Good Girl Occasionally Wears Black.” Honey? Some advice. You have worked this delicate English teacup look for a good while now and it’s served you well. In fact, you and Dakota Fanning could write a book on how to transition into adulthood when millions of people are looking at you. It’s a difficult balancing act for a young starlet; you want people to stop looking at you like you’re 11, but you don’t want to shock them by looking too sexualized as you get older (even though almost all teenagers go through that). The best thing for any young starlet to do (and to our nodding approval, Hailee Steinfeld has figured this out early) is to embrace high fashion. It allows you to dress like a grownup while still looking young and fresh. And if you do it right (which means, stick with the classic big names), you’ll hit 21 without any sartorial disasters and without accidentally flashing your vag or nipples to the world. So, well done on that one, girl.
But here’s the thing, Emma: we’re sensing that this particular look has hit the wall. It’s been pixie cuts and adorably frilly, girly dresses for the last year or so and now, even fashion stylists can’t figure out a way to break you away from the look even when they’re styling an editorial that’s ostensibly all about breaking you away from your look. We think it’s time you shook things up again. We would never really suggest any starlet go the slutty route (because the public can be terribly judgmental about former child stars), but girl, it’s almost impossible to see you as anything but a porcelain doll at this point. Grow the hair out, wear some more makeup, slap on some real bad girl shoes; the change alone would get people talking, just like they did when you first cut off all of Hermione’s hair. It’s time to sex it up, just a little. Kate Winslet couldn’t go ten minutes without showing boob on film once she decided she’d had enough of being England’s Latest Rose, but you don’t have to go quite that far if you don’t want to. Look at Keira. Still fabulously stylish, but also willing to look sultry and even a little dangerous. We see you trying for sultry and dangerous in these pictures and it’s just not working.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s a gorgeous editorial with fantastic clothes, but we’re hoping this is the death knell for the precious pixie look, which is just coming up on its sell-by date.