Here's some positive life advice courtesy of Emma Watson. In an interview with Porter, the 25-year-old says she's finally feeling comfortable in her own skin - which is quite an accomplishment given a lot of us spend the vast majority of our lives wriggling around, pinching ourselves, and muttering "nope".
"I've spent more than half of my life pretending to be someone else. While my contemporaries were dying their hair and figuring out who they were, I was figuring out who Hermione was and how best to portray her. Now at 25 for the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I'm comfortable with. I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self."
— PORTER magazine (@PORTERmagazine) November 27, 2015
This level of self awareness has infiltrated all factions of her life, like her wardrobe choices: "When I was younger I remember being told ‘no pain no gain,’ but recently my willingness to wear something that makes me freezing cold or that I can’t walk in has changed... I want to feel fabulous and comfortable and sexy and strong and beautiful. And if it’s making you uncomfortable, don’t do it. It’s so sad if you need to go home just because you need to sit down! Moving forward, I’m prioritizing just feeling awesome."
Emma Watson reveals why, at 25, she's “prioritizing just feeling awesome” https://t.co/fivIkT4bN2
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 1, 2015
Part of her project to #justfeelawesome includes portraying her true self: "I don’t want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person. It’s definitely the harder road to tread, but without a doubt, ultimately the most rewarding,” she tells the magazine. “It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one."
And in an age where photoshop, marketing and social media reign supreme, Emma's sentiment could be considered a breath of fresh air.