Emma Thompson says feminism made her dowdy

The Oscar-winning actress says she used to shave her head to make a political statement -- but now she's fine with being sleek and sexy.

Published January 30, 2006 2:45PM (EST)

It's hard to believe there was a time when women dressed badly for the sake of feminism, but that's exactly what actress Emma Thompson says she did when she was younger. The star of the new kid flick "Nanny McPhee" admits that when she was a "militant" feminist she wore baggy clothes and shaved her head. "I felt like, if you did dress up, you were somehow pandering to male tastes," the Oscar winner tells Contactnews.com. "There was an awful lot of that in the women's movement in the 1970s." Thompson, who now sports an unabashedly sleek and sexy look, says she refuses to take herself -- or her politics -- too seriously. "I'm 46 and I just don't care anymore."

By Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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