The UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador launched her HeForShe campaign last year to encourage greater solidarity between men and women in the fashion industry, but particularly to bring awareness to issues that affect women in regard to fair pay, body diversity and inclusive representations in the mainstream.
In the Vogue U.K. video "Fashion on Gender Equality: A Conversation with Emma Watson," Emma engages in a dialogue with designer heavyweights—including Stella McCartney, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem Moralioglu—about the need for gender equality in fashion.
"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," the actress explains in the vid.
She then offers distinct questions for each designer to answer, from "Are you a feminist?" to "What are the biggest challenges facing women in fashion today?"
"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," McCartney says in response to the latter.
Emma adds that while there have been some recent strides toward addressing specific issues within the industry, there is still some work to do.
"I have seen some very positive steps toward equality in the industry. But I think there's a lot of racism, there's a lot of sexism," she says. "I'd really, really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered."
At the end of the video she asks viewers to react to her series of questions—an interactive call-to-action, if you will. To see Emma's dialogue with designers in full, watch the video above!