Emma Watson is epitome of elegance in white off-the-shoulder dress

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Fans have most recently seen her as a plain-clothed village girl in Beauty and the Beast, but Emma Watson looked worlds apart from her former character as she attended the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday. Emma was a vision in white, wearing an off-the-shoulder column dress that featured a daring thigh-high split. The actress, 27, was the epitome of elegance as she swept her brunette hair into a chic up-do. She paired the gown with a deep red velvet clutch and classic black stilettos.

While striking a pose on the red carpet, Emma bumped into her Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the blockbuster franchise. The pair were pictured briefly chatting before heading into the festival. Emma was attending the annual Manhattan festival to promote her new film The Circle, based on the book of the same name by Dave Eggers. The Paris-born star plays leading lady Mae Holland, a young tech worker who takes a job at a powerful internet corporation, only to find herself taking part in a social experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Emma stars opposite Tom Hanks, who plays her boss.

Emma Watson looked stunning in a white off-the-shoulder dress

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As well as acting, Emma regularly steps into the spotlight for her role as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She famously helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality. Speaking to the BBC about feminism, Emma said: "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."

The actress was promoting her new film The Circle

The former child star has also admitted that she is still coming to grips with being a Hollywood icon. "I'd walk down the red carpet and go into the bathroom," Emma told Vanity Fair of her early life in the spotlight. "I had on so much make-up and these big, fluffy, full-on dresses. I'd put my hands on the sink and look at myself in the mirror and say, 'Who is this?' I didn't connect with the person who was looking back at me, and that was a very unsettling feeling."

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