Emma told Wonderland magazine at the time: 'As I was watching [Beyoncé’s visual album] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.'Nevertheless, for every negative comment there were hundreds of positive ones, declaring that anyone who branded her a 'hypocrite' had completely missed the point of feminism. Emma declared back in 2009 that 'I'm not just getting my kit off for anyone' - opening the feminist star up to criticism from some quarters.
One fan shared: 'If you think @Emma Watson is a hypocrite, maybe consider you shouldn't be telling a woman what they can and can't do with their own body'.'People who criticize Emma Watson for her photoshoot for Vanity Fair really have no clue about #feminism', another tweeted. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday's Live magazine, the then 18-year-old explained her stance on sexy shoots and her refusal to let stylists dictate her image.
A third enthused: 'Emma Watson is not a Hypocrite her body her choice. Others pointed out the blatant double standard still prevalent in society, saying, 'emma watson is called a "hypocrite" and "anti-feminist" for posing semi-nude, but if a man were to do it, nothing would be said.''@Emma Watson isn't a hypocrite for "showing" her breasts while claiming to be a feminist. 'Personally, I don't actually think it's even that sexy.
What's sexy about saying, "I'm here with my boobs out and a short skirt..a look at everything I've got"? The less you reveal the more people can wonder.' The actress added that she would only strip for famed arthouse director Bernardo Bertolucci, saying: 'I have no plans to do anything for the sake of it, or to shock people.'Regardless of the fan furore, Emma looked simply sensational on the Vanity Fair cover - where she marred her punky hair do with a frothy white gown, in an image sitting alongside the words: 'The Bewitching Emma Watson'.
But Emma Watson was spending some quality time with her rumoured boyfriend William Mack Knight 36, on Tuesday, stepping out together in New York City.
“She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday.
I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession.” Watson posted photos of her keepsake pieces as she issued one final plea for their safe return.
However, the 26-year-old actress - who is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador - has since received an influx of support from her loyal fans and fellow feminists, who blasted her critics and defended her choice to pose as she wishes.
Social media backlash: Emma Watson has been faced with social media backlash accusing her of being a 'hypocrite' for posing almost topless for Vanity Fair - but her fans have come back fighting in defence of the actress'f**k Emma Watson for shaming Beyoncé and discrediting her feminism for being sexual; and then turning around to do a topless shoot though', another posted.