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Why Emma Watson is our woman of the week


Emma Watson has taken our ‘woman of the week’ crown this week as she ditches wearing a corset for her new role in Beauty and the Beast, and we love her for it

She’s already sexy, smart and sophisticated and now Emma Watson is set to play ‘Belle’ in the live remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in March 2017. We can’t wait, not only because it’s going to be magical, but because she has made it her own. In true Emma Watson style, she has given the Disney classic a reinvention, at least in the wardrobe department.

Watson believes that her character, Belle, is in fact an active princess, which for her meant that the old fashioned restricting corsets that we so often see in Disney films, were a no go this time round for Watson.

Telling Entertainment Weekly, the film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran said, ‘the dress was designed with easy, active moment in mind – Watson isn’t wearing a corset underneath.

‘In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.’

In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.’

The decision to ditch the corset meant that Emma has been bombarded with positive feedback with SpoonUniversity saying they can totally ‘get behind Emma Watson refusing to wear a corset’ and Shemazing claiming that ‘they don’t think anyone else could play a princess so perfectly’.

And over on Twitter, fans are showing their love too, with one saying ‘To add to the reasons that Emma Watson is goals, she refused to wear a corset in the Beauty and the Beast remake’ and another saying ‘Emma Watson refuses to wear a corset in Belle and the Beast, it makes me love her even more’.


It’s particularly timely, after last year’s Cinderella star, Lily James sent people in to melt down when the trailer showcased her teeny-tiny waist, sparking rumours of her wearing a corset and using digital enhancers.

Lily James as Cinderella/Flickr

But the Disney wardrobe isn’t all that Watson has altered. It was also reported by Entertainment Weekly that she has switched up the backstory of Belle too.

‘In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,’ Watson told Entertainment Weekly.

‘There was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.’

Seems like Emma and Belle might have one or two things in common…

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PS – If that wasn’t enough, Emma’s also been spotted leaving books on the tube for us to pick up and enjoy throughout November – where does she find the time?!

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