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People are furious at feminist icon, United Nations ambassador, and Hollywood star Emma Watson for an old Lancome ad.

In 2013, she was featured in an ad for Lancome's Blanc Expert — a skin lightening product, People notes. (The Independent claims this ad is from 2011).

The product has been met with contention after an essay appeared on Gal-Dem, criticizing Watson's supposed hypocrisy, since the product allegedly perpetuates that "whiteness" is ideal.

"Do an image search of ad campaigns and you'll quickly out find how widespread this practice of equating facial perfection to 'whiteness' is," Naomi Mabita wrote in the essay. "Emma Watson, forever paraded in the media as a white feminist icon, is the face of Lancôme's 'Blanc Expert' (Expert White) which contains disruptive ingredients intended to whiten the skin."

Lancome's Malaysian website calls the product the "No. 1 whitening brand in Asia."

According to a separate screen shot of the product, it "[washes] off dead skin cells" with melanin.

Some people on Twitter were furious — even if Watson's ad was from years ago.

The ad also prompted a full-on attack in The Daily Mail.

Watson's representative defended the actress.

"Many artists often have limited control of how their image is used once an endorsement contract is signed," he said, adding that, "I cannot comment on my client's previous contractual arrangements with Lancome. However my client no longer participates in advertising beauty products, which do not always reflect the diverse beauty of all women."

Additionally, People pointed out that she has not been associated with Lancome since 2013.

Watson, who famously starred as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" films, has become known as a feminist advocate with her He For She program.

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People are furious at actress Emma Watson after an ad from years ago went viral

January 2015

Watson bundled up in Lond, wearing a parka, ripped jeans and hightop sneakers.

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April 2015

The actress attended the TIME 100 Gala wearing a unique black and charcoal grey Dior ensemble and Eve Fehren jewelry. She carried a Rauwolf clutch.

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April 2015

Watson was spotted at ALX wearing a navy blue and white striped sweater, black trousers and black ankle-strap flats.

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April 2015

Watson was seen again at LAX in APril, this time wearing an oversized black sweater over a collared shirt with black and white striped trousers and white sneakers.

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July 2015

The actress was spotted while shopping in London, wearing a black mock turtleneck sweater, black athletic pants and brown flat sandals.

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August 2015

The actress attended the 'Regression' photocall in Madrid, wearing Christopher Kane and custom black Paul Andrew 'Watson' pumps.

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September 2015

Watson clearly has great airport style, spotted at LAX wearing black jeans, black ankle boots, a charcoal grey T-shirt and a leather jacket.

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October 2015

Backstage at 'Hamilton' in New York City, Watson joked around with actor Andrew Rannells, wearing a chic oversized charcoal grey coat.

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November 2015

Watson continued to rock her favorite all-black look in November in London, sporting black leggings, black Doc Martens and an oversized black knit sweater.

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November 2015

At a screening of 'He Named Me Malala' in England, Watson posed for photos next to Malala Yousafzai wearing a cream blouse and black trousers for an understated, sophisticated look.

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December 2015

Watson arrived at a screening for the documentary 'The True Cost' in London wearing a wool camel coat, all-black belted ensemble and pointy-toed, ankle-strap shoes.

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