Belle of the ball! Emma Watson gets risky in new issue of Vanity Fair


Emma Watson stripped down for the March issue of Vanity Fair in one of her riskiest shoots to date.

The star of the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" remake took command of the camera as she dazzled in pieces by designers Stella McCartney and Burberry.

In what may be her most jaw-dropping snapshot ever, the 26-year-old went topless in an artistic image by photographer Tim Walker. The actress wore a white lace skirt and a bolero that draped over her shoulders and covered just the right amount of boob.

Emma Watson poses topless for Vanity Fair
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Emma Watson poses topless for Vanity Fair

Watson sported more conservative looks in her other photos that took inspiration from the Disney classic she appears in.

The "Harry Potter" alum got candid about her career in a revealing interview with the magazine, including why she "couldn't care less" if she wins an Oscar.

"There have been hard moments in my career when I've had an agent or a movie producer say, 'You are making a big mistake," Watson said in Vanity Fair. "But what's the point of achieving great success if you feel like you're losing your freakin' mind? I've had to say, 'Guys, I need to go back to school,' or 'I just need to go home and hang out with my cats.'"

She's turned down roles in several blockbuster films over the course of her career. In fact, Emma Stone's character in "La La Land," which earned her Best Actress at the 2017 Oscars, was reportedly developed with Watson in mind.

Emma Watson's best looks
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Emma Watson's best looks
Emma Watson wearing Christian Dior Couture at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Emma wore Saint Laurent for a visit to 'Late Show With David Letterman'.
Emma in Vera Wang at the Academy Awards.
Emma's simple choice for the 19th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration.
Emma  wore Christian Dior Couture to the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week (of course!).
Emma in J. Mendel for the Madrid premiere of Noah.
Emma wore Misha Nonoo for the British Fashion Awards.
Emma wore Ralph Lauren Collection to the UK premiere of Noah.
Emma wore this printed Maxime Simoens dress to accept the MTV Trailblazer Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
Emma attends a dinner hosted by the Duke of Cambridge wearing Ralph Lauren.
During the Germany Noah premiere, Emma wore this black Wes Gordon gown.
Emma wore a Giambattista Valli blouse and J.Brand jeans to the design house's Haute Couture show. 
Emma looked ethereal at the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, wearing a feathered Oscar de la Renta gown.
Emma attended the Valentino Haute Couture show in Paris, wearing a Valentino skirt and bralette, with a BLK DNM leather jacket.
Emma wore this Christian Dior coat for the launch of the HeForShe Campaign.
Emma chose this Burberry gown for the 2010 Costume Institute Gala.
For the UN Women's HeForShe After Party, Emma wore a dress by Boss.
Emma wore Giambattista Valli for the Elle Style Awards 2014.

The feminist icon also revealed a defining moment in her career happened right after she finished filming "Beauty and the Beast":

"When I finished, it kind of felt like I had made that transition into being a woman on-screen."

The former child star emotionally revealed that reading kept her grounded and away from the overhyped glamour of Hollywood.

"Books gave me a way to connect with my father. Some of my most precious and treasured moments ... I just remember him reading to me before bed and how he used to do all the different voices," Watson tearfully said. "I grew up on film sets, and books were my connection to the outside world. They were my connection to my friends back at school because if I was reading what they were reading we'd have something in common. Later in life, they became an escape, a means of empowerment, a friend I could rely on."

Watson's resume includes more prestigious accomplishments than just acting -- she's a graduate of prestigious Brown University and she became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014.

The brunette beauty is currently jet-setting all over the world to promote the release of "Beauty and the Beast," which officially hits theaters March 17. Her Vanity Fair issue will hit the newsstands on March 3.

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