Emma Watson responds to controversy over Vanity Fair photo shoot

Emma Watson was more "quietly stunned" than bothered over critics that accused her of going against her feminist values for posing with her breasts partially exposed in her cover shoot for Vanity Fair.

In an interview with Reuters, Watson, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and the pioneer behind the #HeForShe campaign, responded to the controversy by clarifying the definition of feminism to critics.

"It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is," she said. "Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my t—s have to do with it."

She continued, "I'm confused. Most people are confused. No, I'm just always just quietly stunned."

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Once the photos were released, some social media users and publications accused Watson of being a hypocrite. Radio host Julia-Hartley-Brewer tweeted, "Emma Watson: 'Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my t–s!' "

In one of the photos, shot by Tim Walker, Watson is shown topless, with a white shawl covering some of her chest. Watson added that she remains "so thrilled about how interesting and beautiful the photographs were." "We'd been doing so many crazy things on that shoot, but it felt incredibly artistic," she said.

Watson is currently promoting her new movie, "Beauty and the Beast," in which she plays Belle. In his review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman said the live-action Disney reboot is "a sometimes entrancing, sometimes awkward mixture of re-creation and reimagining," but praised Watson as "a pitch-perfect Belle."

"Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters on March 17.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma Watson attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Emma Watson is seen signing autographs for fans as she arrives at the premiere of 'Beauty and the Beast' on March 02, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Celine Dion arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Model Chrissy Teigen arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Model Chrissy Teigen and musician/husband John Legend arrive for the Premiere Of Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' held at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Javier Bardem arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Matt Damon and Luciana Bozan Barroso attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Luke Evans arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Richard Kind attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Dan Stevens and Susie Hariet arrive for the Premiere Of Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' held at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Chazz Palminteri attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jean Smart (R) attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Mario Lopez, Courtney Laine Mazza and Gia Francesca Lopez attend Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Director Bill Condon attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Aubrey Plaza arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Toni Braxton arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Dancer Allison Holker (L) and Stephen Laurel 'tWitch' Boss (R) attend Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Dancer Allison Holker attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Paige O'Hara arrives a the Premiere Of Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Skai Jackson attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Carly Schroeder attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
TV personality Louise Roe attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Audra McDonald attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Katie Aselton attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Amber Midthunder attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Keegan Allen attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Comedian Colleen Ballinger attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Aimee Carrero attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Marsai Martin attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Host Jackie Miranne attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Mckenna Grace attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Rosanna Pansino attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Cameron Boyce attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Julia Butters attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Musician Kevin Ray attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Liz Hernandez attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Booboo Stewart attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Peyton Elizabeth Lee attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Joshua Rush attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Asher Angel attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Sofia Wylie attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Producer Matt Sullivan attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Niki Kloss attends Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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