Renowned actress and activist Emma Watson has spoken out about the backlash she has received after posing for Vanity Fair magazine in a supposedly “topless” photoshoot.

Aside from her world famous role as Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, Emma has spent much of her time protesting for women’s rights.

But now the passionate feminist has come under scrutiny for the latest images, with online attackers saying she goes against all her beliefs for wearing a top that only partially covers breasts.

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Releasing the cover shoot just weeks before her latest film Beauty and the Beast hits our screens, Emma used it as a platform to talk about her feminist views.

She’s now being branded as an ‘attention seeking hypocrite’ on Twitter, and popular British newspaper The Sun even shared the picture on the infamous page three of their publication alongside the headline ‘Beauty and the Breasts’.

In an interview with Reuters over the weekend, Emma addressed the vast amount of backlash she’s received since the images were published, saying she’s been ‘quietly stunned’ by the reaction.

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The 26-year old Brown University graduate said,

It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. 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*ts have to do with it. It’s very confusing.

When Beauty and the Beast lead co-star Dan Stevens questioned her on what critics were saying, Emma responded,

They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and … and have boobs.

She has received support from other feminist activists however, with writer Gloria Steinem telling TMZ, ‘feminists can wear anything they f–ing want.’

Going on to say that those who have attacked Watson ‘have an incomplete idea of who women are’.

The talented star is the pioneer behind the HeForShe Campaign, which works to ensure more men are standing up for women’s rights and equality.

Beauty and the Beast, the live action film, is set for release March 17, 2017, worldwide.