Emma Watson Covers Elle U.K., Says Cutting Hair ‘Wasn’t My Britney Spears Moment’

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Spotted: Emma Watson on the November cover of Elle U.K.

Rupert Grint and Tom Felton had their fun with their magic-themed lookbook for Band of Outsiders. Now it's Emma Watson's turn to reclaim the Harry Potter-alum-as-fashion-plate spotlight.

And a starring role on the November cover of Elle U.K. should do the trick. The 21-year-old Brit adopts a playfully punky look via a pink and orange ombré sweater from Missoni, a shearling vest from Isabel Marant, jewelry from Eddie Borgo and Solange Azagury-Partridge, and—the star of the show—hot pink polka-dot boots from Pollini for Louise Gray.

In her accompanying fashion spread with Rankin (who also shot Cate Blanchett's minimalist SK-II commercial), the Lancôme fragrance star lets loose thanks to bunny ears paired with Louis Vuitton; a graphic hoodie from Jil Sander; a bubblegum pink satin-and-fur jacket from Tsumori Chisato; a faux-fur skirt from Simone Rocha; and other charmingly left-of-center looks.

And let's not forget her spikey, post-Hermione pixie cut, which gives the shoot an added edge.

"I'd never been allowed to cut my hair off, so I just seized the first opportunity," Watson tells the magazine. "It wasn't meant to be rebellious–it certainly wasn't my Britney Spears moment."

Thank goodness for that. In fact, the daring cut seems to be part of the young star's efforts to defy convention and not fall into that cookie-cutter young Hollywood trap.

"I find L.A. quite scary—all those young people having plastic surgery," she admits. "But the thing is, I don’t want to look like everyone else. I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.

"It’s ridiculous that seems such an unrealistic goal. I think the actresses who are really successful are the ones who are comfortable in their own skins and still look human."

Or Muggle-like, as it were.

For more Emma Watson, visit Elle U.K. online, check out her behind-the-scenes video, and pick up the November issue, on sale now.

Meanwhile, Emma Watson also shares her style must-haves with Harper's Bazaar.