Emma Watson was probably never truly prepared for her ride to fame after appearing as Hermione Granger in the beloved "Harry Potter" movie franchise. The starlet, now almost 27 years old next month, was a mere 11 years old when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" debuted in theaters way back in 2001. It's hard to imagine that at such a young age she could ever conceive of the notion that, as she approached her third decade on this spinning blue ball we call earth, her bare breasts would be the top headline around the world, despite her lead role in the upcoming Disney live action remake of "Beauty And The Beast."

The timing of Watson's controversial nearly nude photo shoot is suspicious

The photo is question was created by photographer Tim Walker and Watson was styled by Jessica Diehl.

The tasteful image depicts Emma in a Burberry top that's ropy in nature. While not completely nude beneath the ropy material, Watson is in a sheer white material that is basically see through. Her nipples are covered but the lower half of her breasts are exposed for the world to see. She stares defiantly directly into the camera, not smiling but not frowning. She seems proud in her demeanor with her arms folded over, seemingly closed off to the world outside her. This image is in stark contrast to the fancy, colorful gowns that she wears for her upcoming Disney movie, a show that is decidedly for children, specifically for young girls. One can only wonder what angle is being played by the timing of this mature, adult themed photo shoot in Vanity Fair that plays so diametrically in opposition to the Disney target market.

Is the nude photo shoot an effort to widen the audience for Watson's upcoming children's movie?

Emma has been outspoken in regards to feminism

Watson has been busy hiding books on subways lately and took time off of her movie career to focus on feminism.

She has recently asserted numerous times that her actions in the photo shoot and the baring of her breasts on camera have nothing to do with feminism. During the recent women's march on January 22nd Watson was in attendance and took time to post photos of herself with fans to her Twitter feed.

Watson is rebelling, but against what?

The Vanity Fair article calls Watson, "Rebel Belle," an homage to her Disney character, but it remains to be seen what she could possibly be rebelling against. Emma Watson is taking the controversy in stride, however, and in a recent Variety article that quotes her Reuters interview she defends her decision to go nearly nude, claiming, “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t—s have to do with it.”