Emma Watson, supporting a healthy, sustainable, and ethical lifestyle.
The 27 year old actress gained our hearts as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series and has continued growing her portfolio playing diverse movie roles. Emma Watson has shown that there are no small roles in the film industry.
The British actress, who graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature, has been an outspoken voice defending gender equality. Emma is the spokesperson on the UN Women Campaign “HeForShe”, and the face of Lancôme and Burberry.
Her work in the fashion industry led her to partner with People Tree, a fashion brand committed to fair trade and sustainability. Emma openly talks about the importance of being informed consumers. Through understanding and choosing good brands, we can bring change to the fashion industry.
“I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion. We want to make good choices, but there aren’t many options out there.” – Emma Watson in The Times UK 2011.
In 2015, Time Magazine placed Watson as number 26 on their 100 list of most influential people, 25 years old and younger. But that is not to say she is without scandal. When revealing images from her photoshoot for Vanity Fair were released in March 2017, many people criticized her. They questioned her and accused her of hypocrisy. Despite this, she did not stop promoting what she stands for. As part of her promotion for her new movie, “Beauty and the Beast”, Emma launched an Instagram account called “the_press_tour”. In this account, she not only endorsed but also modeled sustainable brands.
According to different sources, the actress was inspired by “True Cost”, a Netflix documentary. This documentary talks about the issues that the fashion industry currently faces. Regardless of her source of inspiration, she is now inspiring us and many people to care about making a change. This is why Emma Watson is our Hero Of the Year.