emma watson talks about gender equality and racism in fashion


Over the past year or so, the feminist movement has made great strides in both recognition and understanding. And a great deal of that progress can be attributed to Emma Watson, who launched the #HeForShe campaign last September. As part of the initiative, Watson recently spoke with four major voices in the fashion industry—Stella McCartney, Bella Freud, Jonathan Saunders, and Erdem Moralioglu—to spark a conversation about how feminism fits into fashion.

Through seemingly simple questions like, What are the biggest challenges facing women in fashion today? and What part can the fashion industry play in addressing gender inequality? the conversation touches on accountability and inclusion of women of all shapes and sizes. 

"I have big hopes for gender equality in the fashion industry," says Watson. "I think it's really improving, I've seen some very positive steps toward equality in the industry, but I think there's still a lot of racism, I think there's a lot of sexism. I'd really, really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered."