The war against misogyny and Islamophobia has officially begun.
A little over a year ago if someone had mentioned the name Amal Alamuddin to you, we doubt you would have noticed. Fast-forward to the present day and who would have thought that she is now one of the most talked about women in the world?
Since being linked with the world’s most desirable bachelor, 53 year-old George Clooney, Amal has been thrust into the spotlight. Realising her stunning sense of style was as impressive as her husband’s, the couple made international headlines during their Venice nuptials. Ever since, Amal’s following has grown exponentially – but not just because she is the woman who tamed Hollywood’s most eligible playboy.
Fortunate to be born with both brains and beauty, George has definitely met his match. A published author, international lawyer and activist, Amal specialises in human rights, criminal law and extradition having worked on countless cases including with the infamous founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. And if that wasn’t good enough she is also fluent in three languages Arabic, English and French.
Making her first public appearance as Mrs Clooney at this year’s Golden Globes, the lawyer used her public status as the perfect platform to raise awareness about the recent Charlie Hebdo killings and highlight the injustice via wearing a Je Suis Charlie pin. It was a big night for the newlyweds, with George receiving a Lifetime Achievement award. Hosts for the event, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, hit the nail on the head when introducing the honourable award; “Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight her husband is getting a Lifetime Achievement award.”
Recently, The Guardian announced the couple’s entrance at an award show saying: “Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband have arrived.” So is the shoe finally on the other foot, with more buzz surrounding Amal than her renowned husband? No longer are the cameras in the courtroom focused on the victims or perpetrators but instead on the face of the lawyer.
For years the red carpet has been a place for designers to showcase their work, not celebrities to raise social injustices. Yet celebrities exploiting the cameras and media attention they receive accomplish more than any amount of money thrown at the problem could. Notable women include Patricia Arquette at this year’s Oscars on wage equality, Emma Watson launching the UN HeForShe Campaign and Angelina Jolie’s work for UN Refugee Agency whose public position allows greater exposure and endless publicity. It is refreshing to see these people who, like Amal, are both willing and proud to showcase these matters.
So there is no doubt that Amal is intelligent, powerful and an absolute beauty. She has not abandoned her career to become her husband’s red carpet handbag and trophy wife. Instead, she is working harder than ever. That fact that she is married to one of the most prominent, iconic (and dare we say it) wealthiest people in the entertainment industry is just another impressive feature that keeps us in awe.
And that, Mrs Clooney, is why we love you.
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As we near the end of 2014, it is important to reflect on what we have learned, what has brought us joy… and which celebrity had the most outrageous nuptials! The celebrity wedding is an alien event that reminds us of our limited financial means, and that beautiful people marry other beautiful people – usually atop a European vineyard or Caribbean beach resort. I now pronounce this year’s top 5 celebrity weddings.
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Sure, this wasn’t the most anticipated union, but the hype arrived after the nuptials at the first glimpse of Cuoco’s pretty pink wedding dress! Non-traditional wedding gowns are hot right now, but this particular number fuelled the candy-colored dreams of girly-girls everywhere.
Olivia Palermo and Josef Huebl
The wedding of this sartorial queen was long-awaited by aspiring fashionistas, and Palermo delivered with an unexpected, but naturally gorgeous sweater and skirt combo! Equally surprising was her choice of hairstyle – a ponytail! This wedding gave new meaning to understated elegance. Oh, and for those who weren’t aware of Josef Huebl, you certainly are now.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
She is the face and booty of a reality TV empire. He the king of his own universe and once told a reporter his greatest pain in life was not being able to see himself perform live. They are both attractive, cashed-up… and suffering from an inflated sense of importance. So of course we couldn’t look away when they tied the knot in May. Well that, and their adorable (albeit oddly-named) child. This one is for you, North West!
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Did you ever dream of running away and joining the Brady Bunch? I imagine this is how millenials feel about the Jolie-Pitt clan. This year, the most attractive and adored couple in tinsel town finally secured their family circle with a secret wedding in Southern France. Not only did Brad and Ange’s brood hand-decorate mum’s dress, they also had a hand at making the cake, writing the vows, and crafting the ring cushions. Naw!
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
Remember the white pants? The large hat? The Oscar De La Renta gown? How could you forget the day Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor finally tied the knot with the world’s most beautiful and accomplished human rights goddess? We all stopped work to witness the four-day Venetian extravaganza, watching in awe of Amal’s exceedingly wonderful wardrobe, and waiting to see if George would flee at the altar. He didn’t.
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Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. The designer was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and passed away earlier today.
The Dominican designer crafted couture for every woman in the upper crust, from Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Diana, to Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift. Most recently, he designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown in which she famously wed actor George Clooney in September.
Carrie Bradshaw‘s favorite designer was featured in the famous Vogue wedding shoot scene in the SATC movie, and in the episode where Carrie dates ‘The Russian’.
On the runway with supermodels (from left) Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bundchen
With Liza Minnelli (left) and Audrey Hepburn (right)
Sarah Jessica Parker in a “signed” Oscar de la Renta gown at the Met Costume Institute Gala, 2014
Dressing the younger generations: Lupita N’yongo (left) and Taylor Swift (right)
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