Emma Watson on the August 2011 cover of 'Harper's Bazaar UK'.
All Photos Courtesy of 'Harper's Bazaar UK'
Before any sour-faced olds start murmuring about how Emma Watson is just another flash-in-the-pan face to grace the cover of Harper's Bazaar (and the most recent Vogue) and practically anyone with a movie coming out can land the mag nowadays, I'd like to politely but adamantly request naysayers to hold the phone. While haters indeed gon' hate, this is not just another It Girl on a magazine: This is the making of a long and storied career—think Kate Winslet or a Brit Michelle Williams. (*Insert a pun on how bewitched we are by Hermione here. Something hopefully having to do with "casting a spell.*) Of course, all the proof of the young ingenue's greatness is inside.
The idea of this shoot, Emma said, was to play on opposites. Good girl gone bad, and here is the baddest Emma (besides the seductress we saw kissing Harry) to date. The dark hair and the blunt cut is enough to turn heads, but the burnt-out lace and red nails is certainly verging on PG-13. Young Emma hasn't sold us on being bad quite yet, but with those vampy red lips and hints of skin, she definitely isn't mouse-y Hermione either.
Evoking a completely retro, Edie Sedgwick-vibe (a look she pulls off with aplomb), Emma looks more sophisticated than angelic here, despite the light and ethereal feather lining.
Wait. Let your eyes fully rest on this. Drink it in. Despite the impossible pose (I'd hold that for exactly zero seconds before toppling over), this structured sleeveless ensemble and mega-high heels definitely hits that sassy Brit vibe that is pretty unflappable.
While Emma looks absolutely stunning in the soft light gently swaying among the Queen's Anne Lace (or whatever those flowers are), this picture feels obvious. Yes, she is practically swan-like, but we knew that. The only thing we glean from this is the incredible shoulder-to-neck ratio this dress exposes.
Back in black, Em is trying to get out from behind a gate (perhaps a metaphor of the difficulty of her shedding her "child star" image as she pursues adult roles? Or maybe the best way to blur out her see-through lace shirt? Whatevs.), and is pouting and posing as she does it. We love the shirt, and in ankle-wrapped pumps we can see her great gams. The severe dress is oddly exciting, and, while Emma finds it tough to go bad, she ought to add sneering and snarling into her already impressive repertoire.
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