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Emma Watson Has Addressed Gender Inequality In The Fashion Industry And Hit The Nail On The Head

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 11 August 2015

From playing a strong female character to speaking out about gender inequality at the UN, Emma Watson has been a total inspiration to us for years. Now she has taken her campaign for gender equality to the fashion industry, claiming it is still racist and sexist, and speaking to leading fashion insiders about how this could change. SLAY QUEEN!

Emma said: "Last September I launched a campaign at the UN in New York called HeForShe which is about men coming in support of women and women supporting men to achieve gender equality. I want to get this conversation, this dialogue happening specifically within the fashion industry to ask the leading voices about gender equality."

Speaking out to leaders of the fashion industry, including Stella McCartney, Jonathan Saunders, Bella Freud and Erdem Moralioglu, Emma asked them their opinions about the problems faced in the fashion industry.

Stella McCartney said: "It's not only our industry it's every industry but it's a massive issue with women not having equality....We need to allow for both maternity and paternity leave."

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"I think the fashion industry has a very big role to play. It has a huge voice and the voice can be adapted. We need to give a better message to women of all ages, all sizes and all nationalities. We need to allow women to feel comfortable in who they are."

Moralioglu agreed, saying: "I'd like to think the world is evolving into a place where your sex isn't going to limit you in any way, shape or form."

Although pointing out that there's still: "a lot of racism, a lot of sexism", Emma agreed that the industry is getting better but that it still has a long way to go. She said: "I think it's really improving. I've seen some very positive steps towards equality in the industry...I'd really really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered.​"​

"We need to give a better message to women of all sizes, all ages and all races."

Preach Emma! What do you think about gender equality in the fashion industry? Tweet us @sofeminineUK!

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