Emma Watson refused to wear corset for Beauty And The Beast role

The actress wanted Belle to be an "active princess"

Emma Watson will not be wearing a corset in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

The film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, said, “In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.

“The dress was designed with easy, active moment in mind – Watson isn’t wearing a corset underneath.”


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In the original Beauty and the Beast, Belle is a quiet bookworm and the daughter of an inventor.

But Emma Watson revealed that the new live-action remake will add a feminist twist to Belle’s backstory, and she herself is the inventor.

Emma told Entertainment Weekly, “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle.


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She continues, “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’

“So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, we made Belle an inventor.”

Beauty and the Beast will hit cinemas on the 17th of March 2017.