Emma Watson Calls Out (Ebola) Paris Hilton
(Lainey: as you know, we don’t just call it Paris Hilton on this site. The proper way to refer to it is Hollywood Ebola Paris Hilton. I have made those adjustments to Dean’s piece below.)
What goes into landing a Teen Vogue cover? Are the politics as fraught and gossiped about as the fight over the cover of American Vogue? I'd guess not, but still, there's definitely a certain status to it. And aren't we glad this month it's Emma Watson who gets the honour because what she's got to say inside is some Hermione Granger-worthy sh*t!
The most salacious quote from her interview describes shooting The Bling Ring inside the lair of Beverly Hill's #1 garbage goblin’s - aka (Ebola) Paris Hilton -- real life closet. Emma says...
"It’s almost like consumerism as a form of kleptomania. [Paris] could never wear all of those clothes and half of them were brand new and still had the price tag on. But I suppose she just bought them to have them."
Which is a polite way of saying "that is one wasteful and tacky bitch." Now, being grossed out by Paris' love of money and materialism is nothing groundbreaking, but I think there is some power in hearing that idea from Emma because Emma is the anti-Paris. They're both young people with outrageous fortunes but where Paris made her money selling her twisted debutante/princess lifestyle, Emma's wealth comes from making beloved work with a message about good will. How great to have someone in a similar position as Paris expose to Teen Vogue's readers that having butt load of money isn't all about nonstop shopping.
So what does Emma think is a good use of her money? An education. While she doesn't specifically say "it's great being rich because I can afford the insane tuition at Brown", she paints a beautiful picture of her academic life...
"I’ve always liked being able to go and do a film and then take a break and use my brain and do something different. I hope one day to do a Masters."
Following her artistic dreams, bettering herself with education, this is a fantasy I can get behind. And yes, it is just a fantasy for a lot of people who can't afford to be artists or go to fancy schools, but what would you rather your kid throw a tantrum over - not being able to afford a bottle of Siren eau du toilette by (Ebola) Paris, or not being able to afford to go to an Ivy League school?
Click here for more from Emma in Teen Vogue.