Emma Watson, the actress said she believes that fashion can “project an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy”, adding that she is excited about getting older.
The 23-year-old star of the forthcoming Biblical epic Noah, also said she had doubts about a career in acting after the Harry Potter films ended.
The actress, who played Muggle wizard Hermione in the blockbuster series and is worth £30m, told The Sunday Times she can “take criticism on the chin a lot more” and acknowledged the pressure to look perfect and behave impeccably in the public eye.
“As a younger woman, that pressure got me down, but I’ve made peace with it. With airbrushing and digital manipulation, fashion can be an unobtainable image that’s dangerously unhealthy. I’m excited about the ageing process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling,” she said.
Rather than her celebrity contacts, Ms Watson says it is her mother and friends from whom she seeks advice when dressing for big events.
“I love showing them images and asking, “What do you think of this dress?’ I call on my boyfriends for advice all the time. I mean friends who are boys, and my girlfriends.”
She said she threw herself into academia after filming finished in 2011 and said she found it "intimidating" emerging from the shadow of JK Rowling’s creations.
Ms Watson told the paper that her agent did not even send her scripts for the first year after leaving Hogwarts in ruins in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
She did a year at Oxford University before dropping out and enrolling at Brown University in Rhode Island in the United States, while still taking acting roles.
They included last year's The Bling Ring for Sofia Coppola.
She said: "After Harry Potter, all that mattered was university. I didn't even know if I wanted to be an actress."
of her first day at Brown, said: "On the first day I walked into the canteen and everyone went completely silent and turned around to look at me.
“I had to say to myself ‘It’s OK, you can do this’. You just have to take a deep breath and gather your courage. I have moments when I walked into a bar and it will take me making a joke to put people at ease and realise I am just a girl.”
She said it wasn’t always easy to break down barriers at Brown as having “men from the British press following me round with cameras didn’t help my mission to integrate myself.”
She said she enjoys cooking, with raspberry and amaretto cake being her favourite, but she also likes banana choc-chip bread and egg tortilla. She said cooking helps her to relax and people close to her appreciate a home-cooked meal.
Ms Watson said she is unable to discuss her boyfriend, rugby player and Oxford student Matt Janney, adding: “I’m trying to keep my private life sacred, although I don’t want to lock myself up and never go out. So I guard it, because I don’t date people who are famous, and I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me.”