Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been named the celebrity who most inspires and influences teenagers, in a new poll. She won the title defeating celebrities like Cheryl, Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Zayn Malik. The "Beauty and the Beast" actress, 27, was picked from a list of stars which included 43 actors, musicians, fitness personalities, YouTubers and reality stars.
The research was commissioned by youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service (NCS) and conducted by ICM, with 1000 young people taking part. As per metro.co.uk, many cited Watson's feminist stance as the reason she is so inspiring. One respondent said: "She uses the power and fame she gained from the Harry Potter series to speak about important issues like feminism."She's a big feminist. She frequently speaks out on sexism and other discrimination issues such as racism and homophobia, and what she says really inspires me," another said. The research also found that ‘feminist' is now the top tribe for teenage girls (29 per cent), outranking labels such as "sporty" (10 per cent) or "bookworm" (19 per cent).
Emma Watson featured in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011 which earned her worldwide fame, critical accolades and immense love from fans. She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014 with British Artist of the Year. The United Nations appointed her as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador in 2014. She played a crucial role and helped in launching the campaign HeForShe which asks men to raise voice for gender equality.
(With IANS inputs)
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