Emma Watson – who has graced red carpets with elegant glamour for almost half her life – has landed a top award as a “style icon”.
The 20-year-old Harry Potter star, who last year showed off her dramatic change of image with a pixie crop hairstyle, landed the accolade at the Elle Style Awards 2011.
Filmgoers have seen Emma grow up in the public eye after being cast as frizzy-haired Hermione Granger when she was aged just 10.
The star – said to be worth £19 million thanks to her role in the wizard films and now an ambassador for French beauty brand Lancome – was being presented with the gong by designer Vivienne Westwood.
Watson said she was overwhelmed to be called a “style icon” and tried not to focus on having her style emulated by young girls. She said: “It feels amazing. Fashion is something that I love. I try not to think about it too much. I try and block all that off and I just do what I love and just have fun with it.
“I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure a bit more recently but it’s just fun for me.”
Helena Christensen said it meant a lot to her to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Award.
The awards were hosted by TV presenter and model Alexa Chung at London’s Grand Connaught rooms, where X Factor beauty Cheryl Cole was awarded the best music gong.
Danish supermodel Helena Christensen was presented with the award for outstanding contribution to fashion by designer Matthew Williamson.
Fashion guru and film-maker Tom Ford was named top international designer, while 28-year-old Christopher Kane was named best British designer.