Emma Watson opens up about moving on from feeling 'inadequate' to 'authentic'

By age 11, Emma Watson had the level of success and fame that most people never reach in a lifetime. The British actress says that being in the spotlight at such a young age made her feel “inadequate.” Speaking candidly with Porter Magazine, Emma says, “As a young person, that feeling of not being comfortable in my own skin was exacerbated by the microscope I was under. The level of questioning I was under … I felt so inadequate because I just didn’t have the answers yet."

Emma is on the cover of the winter issue of Porter Magazine. Photo: © Porter

Now, after eight Harry Potter movies, graduating from Brown University and being a passionate advocate for women’s rights, the 25-year-old star admits, “For the first time in my life, I feel like I have a sense of self that I’m comfortable with. I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self.”

Emma admits to feeling "inadequate" during her teen years. Photo: © Porter

The Beauty and the Beast star models covetable fashions from Chanel, Isabel Marant and Oscar de la Renta in the winter issue of net-a-porter.com’s companion publication. Over the years, the ingénue has developed into one of Hollywood’s most stylish stars, but her days of squeezing into tightly constructed dresses and sky-high heels are over. “When I was younger, I remember being told ‘no pain no gain,’" she recalls, “but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can’t walk in has changed.”

While Emma still wants to feel “fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful,” when she goes out, she’s embraced a refreshing new outlook on personal style. “It's so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I'm prioritizing just feeling awesome."

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