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Emma Watson Accuses Fashion World Of ‘Racism’ & ‘Sexism’ In Gender Equality Video

Mon, August 10, 2015 8:11pm EDT by 4 Comments

She’s a woman on a mission! Emma Watson launched her HeForShe campaign less than a year ago, and now she’s shining a light on ‘racism’ and ‘sexism’ in the fashion industry with a new video urging for gender equality. Watch her powerful message here!

It’s almost been a year since Emma Watson, 25, launched her inspiring HeForShe campaign and by the looks of it, she’s showing no signs of backing down anytime soon. In addition to posing for the cover of British Vogue‘s September 2015 issue, the Harry Potter star also filmed a video for the glossy, discussing the importance of gender equality with several of the industry’s leading designers. And the results are pretty damn powerful.

“I want to get this conversation, this dialogue happening specifically within the fashion industry to ask the leading voices about gender equality,” she explains in the video’s opening segments. After offering her own thoughts on the matter, Emma then proceeds to quiz several fashion heavyweights—including Stella McCartney, 43, Jonathan Saunders, 38, and Erdem Moralioglu, 38 —about the need for gender equality in fashion and what they believe to be the biggest challenges facing women in the industry today.

“I think the fashion industry has a very big role to play,” says Stella. “It has a huge voice and the voice can be adapted. We need to give a better message to women of all ages, all sizes and all nationalities. We need to allow women to feel comfortable in who they are.”

The UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador adds that while there have been some recent strides toward addressing specific issues within the industry, there is still plenty of work to do. “I have seen some very positive steps toward equality in the industry. But I think there’s a lot of racism, there’s a lot of sexism,” she says. “I’d really, really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered.”

We for one are so glad that Emma is speaking out about the equality for women! The actress has been an advocate for gender equality for several years now, and has used her platform to raise awareness on the issue. She helped launch the HeForShe campaign in September 2014 and she more recently, spoke about the overwhelmingly positive response the campaign has received during a press conference at the UN back in January 2015. If we had to guess, we’d say she’s only just begun to wow us with her efforts. Go Emma!

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — what do you think of Emma’s latest video on gender equality? Are you a supporter of the HeForShe campaign? Sound off below!

— Alyssa Montemurro