It has indeed happened, My-oh-my! It open looks like someone who became a recognizable figure at a very young age met her millions and now is facing some pyrotechnics that will certainly play its course in her life.
The story is not so sad — I mean how much are we to really expect from these mega-millionaire millennials? Lately I have been on the edge when it comes to Ms. Emma Watson. After Harry Potter films she did some acting that I felt was well above average. Films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Bling Ring were good vehicles for her. However I do have problems with hypocrites and Ms. Watson must be very careful she does not come fully entangled as such.
If only Emma Watson, the actress who earned £20 million playing Hermione, could do the same, she might not find her past catching up with her — as it did last week.
The UN Women’s ambassador was branded a ‘fake feminist’ and even a racist after it emerged that she fronted an advertising campaign for skin-lightening products made by the cosmetics giant Lancôme, for which she was a highly-paid ‘brand ambassador’.
Encouraging dark-skinned women to look whiter is obviously a deeply contentious issue and the 25-year-old English rose might have wilted under the ferocity of the criticism.
Her spokesman said he couldn’t comment on ‘previous contractual arrangements’. His client, he added, ‘no longer participates in advertising beauty products, which do not always reflect the diverse beauty of all women’.
But this is not the only time Miss Watson has been accused of inconsistency — to put it mildly — as we shall see…
Her magic millions
A sensitive subject. Watson likes to present herself as unaffected by her estimated £48 million fortune, insisting she didn’t realize how rich she was until her father — like her mother, a wealthy lawyer — told Watson on her 18th birthday that the Potter films had made her £20 million.
‘I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional,’ she has said. But could the fiercely ambitious and intelligent teenager, who at 15 became the youngest celebrity to grace the front cover of U.S. Vogue, and who was already signed up with the model agency Storm, really have been so ignorant?
She quickly got over her queasiness and plunged into a string of lucrative fashion and make-up advertising and promotion deals, including for Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, that netted her millions more.
Her 2009 contract to be the face of Burberry was reportedly worth £1 million a year alone, and she was also the face of Lancôme (Vanity Fair magazine estimated that Watson earned £19 million in 2009 alone).
Appointed a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, Watson declared: ‘Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life, that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.’
Watson won rapturous applause for a speech at the UN in New York a few months later in which she issued a ‘formal invitation’ to men to join the struggle for women’s rights. She urged them to get in touch with their sensitive side, saying: ‘If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive.’
How different this sentiment was to one she made two years earlier, when she said she doubted she would ever date a British man again because they were too unassertive. Indeed, Watson has admitted that for her, trying to appear like an ordinary person can backfire, saying: ‘Sometimes I hear myself and I’m like: “This just sounds like bull****.” ’