“Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Watson hit back at critics who suggested that posing for a revealing photo in Vanity Fair magazine was hypocritical of her feminist views. The 26-year old woman sat down for an interview to address the controversy reiterating that feminism is all about choices.

Emma Watson slams critics for revealing photos

Watson has arguably been one of the leading voices for feminism in Hollywood. But now, thanks to a number of intriguing and revealing photos, it seems that that’s all it will have to take for some people to forget her history in pushing for the advocacy.

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” Watson said during an interview with Reuters. “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.”

The British actress, known for portraying Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film adaptations, has spent much of her time off screen as a feminist advocate. However, speaking of the controversy, Watson said she is confused as much as most people are confused. “I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing,” she added.

Actor Emma Watson poses for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. Reuters/Neil Hall

Critics speak against Emma Watson

The cover story, which features a number of intriguing photos taken by fashion photographer Tim Walker, shows Watson in an open, white crocheted capelet with nothing underneath. This photo sparked backlash from some critics.

“Emma Watson: ‘Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!’ ” Julia Hartley-Brewer, a British radio host, wrote on Twitter. The tweet, which was only among many others that fired similar insults at the actress, was retweeted more than 2,000 times.

A graduate of Brown University, Watson was appointed a United Nations women’s goodwill ambassador. She pioneered the HeForShe program which hopes “to mobilize 1 billion men to accelerate the achievement of gender equality.” The controversy came out as her new film, “Beauty and the Beast,” where she plays Belle, is about to hit theaters.

Here are some of the reactions about Watson’s Vanity Fair cover:

WATCH: Watson: 'Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with'

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