Frustrated Emma Watson explains feminism, breasts not mutually exclusive

Emma Watson has hit out at critics of a recent braless photo, bewilderedly having to explain that posing for it doesn't contradict being a proud feminist.

The Harry Potter star appears exasperated while commenting on the controversy in a BBC interview, suggesting her "tits" have nothing to do with feminism.

"Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality," says Watson.

"I really don't know what my tits have to do with it. It's very confusing... I'm always just kind of quietly stunned. They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and have boobs."

Watson, 26, was mocked on Twitter by 48-year-old radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer for the Vanity Fair photo, which features her in an open crochet top and white lace skirt and leaves part of her chest bare.

Hartley-Brewer tweeted the photo with that caption: "Feminism, feminism... why am I not taken seriously... oh, and here are my tits".

Watson's latest film, Beauty and the Beast, is in cinemas later this month.