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Emma Watson sparks row with 'topless' photo

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The actress is a vocal advocate for women's rights © Getty The actress is a vocal advocate for women's rights

Emma Watson is facing an online backlash after appearing "topless" in a photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine.

The Harry Potter star posed in a white open top for photographer Tim Walker, partly exposing her chest, prompting some Twitter users to question Watson's feminist stance.

The 26-year-old has been a vocal advocate for women's rights and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, calling on men to advocate gender equality.

One Twitter user wrote: "Feminist: Page 3 girls? Topless? Ban them! Emma Watson topless? Brave and Stunning! #hypocrisy".

Daily Mail columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer wrote: "Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my t***."

Others defended the actress, with one tweeter arguing "feminism is about giving women free choice" and another saying "being sexual does not distract from the amazing work that (Watson) does".

In her interview with Vanity Fair, Watson talks about privacy and refuses to reveal details of her private life in order to be "consistent".

"I can't talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can't have it both ways," she said.

She added: "I used to be scared of words like 'feminism,' 'patriarchy,' 'imperialist.' But I'm not anymore."

Watson's new film, The Beauty And The Beast, is a live-action remake of the Disney classic with a twist.

"Belle is absolutely a Disney princess," Watson said.

"But she's not a passive character - she's in charge of her own destiny."

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