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Thread: Is Amal Clooney wasting away the "hallmark of success?"

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    Unhappy Is Amal Clooney wasting away the "hallmark of success?"

    Why Mrs Clooney is disappearing before our eyes: Amal and how scary-skinny is the new hallmark of success

    By AMANDA PLATELL FOR THE DAILY MAIL
    PUBLISHED: 00:27, 23 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:06, 23 May 2015



    A year ago, no one outside illustrious legal circles knew the name Amal Alamuddin. Fewer still had an opinion about her clothes, figure, hair, handbag or shoes.
    An internationally renowned human rights lawyer at the top of her career, her performance in court and her fine brain were all she was judged on.
    Then she fell in love with an American film star called George Clooney.
    A year on from their whirlwind engagement and wedding, this clever and thoughtful woman has been swept along by a tsunami of celebrity fascination, culminating in her being granted the ultimate 'accolade' of being referred to in glossy magazines as simply 'Amal'.


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    October 24, 2013: A curvier-looking and still relatively unknown Amal out in London (left). March 19, 2014: Colourful trousers show off her still shapely figure in New York (right)

    It took Kylie, Beyonce and Posh decades to achieve that.

    She's continued working since becoming Mrs Clooney, representing Greece's fight for the return of the Elgin Marbles

    But there's a sting in the tail. This week, Amal was on the cover of Grazia magazine under the headlines 'Amal Under Pressure?' and 'Sudden Fame Taking Its Toll . . . Struggling To Be Mrs Clooney'.
    It repeated earlier claims on U.S. website Radar Online that she weighed little over seven stone and was a 'walking skeleton'.
    U.S. Star magazine claimed there were 'fears for scary-skinny Amal'.

    Amal and George Clooney on their wedding day (archive)









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    September 29: Like every bride, Amal's lost a little weight for her wedding in Venice (left). October 13 : Newly-wed at Heathrow, but the pounds continue to fall off (right)

    Unpleasant, yes, but even Amal's greatest admirers cannot ignore the fact she seems to be disappearing before our eyes.
    Even on her wedding day, the white trouser suit she wore billowed in the wind to reveal a woman who had shrivelled in the half-year before she tied the knot to Mr Clooney.
    Why? Amal is not a vacuous pop star nor some WAG whose entire existence depends on being photographed on red carpets with the correct circumference of thigh.
    I fear she has become the victim of the invidious pressure most women in the public eye seem to be falling victim to these days: that the only way to be seen as truly successful is to not only be super-glamorous, but super-skinny, too.
    After the honeymoon, she went back to work, not in a lawyer's sensible suits, but in the expensive couture of a Hollywood A-lister.


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    May 1: Stylish but smaller than ever on a Big Apple lunch date (left). Later that day: Showing off her lithe limbs at a Broadway play (right)



    Read more: Amal Clooney and how scary skinny is the new hallmark of successÂ* | Daily Mail Online

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    And each time her super-toned, gazelle-like limbs were on show.
    Like many clever, famous women, Amal has shrunk as the scrutiny of every outfit, every pair of shoes, every handbag has increased.
    She is not alone. Earlier this week, we saw a much reduced Emily Blunt on the red carpet in Cannes.
    She wasn't scary-skinny, but seems to be heading in that direction. Where has gone that full-figured woman who won our hearts in The Five-Year Engagement?
    Then there was talented singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
    Pictures at the beginning of her career show a healthy teenager.


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    May 2: Amal's loose jeans merely highlight her diminishing frame (left). By last month, Amal was being called 'scary-skinny' (right)

    A decade later and she's as thin as a broomstick. She looks as though she's taken the straightening tongs not just to her hair but to her entire body.
    What is behind this determination to be thin? Having conquered the legal world, does Amal want to the first among women as well, an alpha female always in control?
    Or has becoming the bride of a sought-after bachelor made her insecure? Perhaps being model-thin is her way of saying: 'He's mine. I'm good enough for him. Hands off.'
    While most modern women will openly scoff at such a notion, an honest conversation with our inner selves may lead us to the uncomfortable conclusion that it is actually women who put other women under pressure to be thin.
    How often have we secretly (or meanly with a girlfriend) denigrated a woman's success by thinking we are somehow superior because we're slimmer?


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    April 3, 2015: The mini-dress reveals skinny pins (left). April 16: Stepping out in flares almost as wide as her slender waist during a shopping trip in New York (right)

    Let's not forget the way Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were pitched against each other, when they married into the Royal Family.
    The world sneered at the Duchess of Pork while gazing adoringly up at Diana, who by the time she wed Charles in 1981 had become scary-skinny.
    But perhaps Diana holds the key to Amal's startling weight loss.
    Maybe it's not power she's seeking, but instead is suffering from a sense of powerlessness.
    It can't be easy for any woman who goes from an unknown to being thrown into the spotlight by marrying one of the most famous men on earth.


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    May 4: Dazzling at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, but with an ever-smaller physique (left). May 11: Amal's razor-sharp cheekbones contrast with her once-rounded face (right)

    That's enough to make any woman hyper-sensitive about the way she looks.
    We worry incessantly about our appearance, often leading to eating disorders, as it did with Diana.
    When she was snapped in a see-through skirt at the kindergarten where she worked, she had a healthy, gorgeous, curvy figure.
    Like Amal, by her wedding day she had lost stones in weight.
    In both cases we put it down to pre-nuptial jitters. Most of us get skinny for our big day. But who of us would have the confidence to let the weight creep back to normal if we were photographed every time we stepped outside the front door? Very few I suspect.
    My hope for Amal is that this scary-skinny phase is a passing one and she'll relax into her marriage and return to the lovely, wonderfully winsome creature whom Clooney fell in love with.
    She doesn't need to be an alpha female competing with other women. She's already won the jackpot.


    Read more: Amal Clooney and how scary skinny is the new hallmark of successÂ* | Daily Mail Online

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    I know very little about her professional caseload, but I remember reading a few months ago that she was defending some international journalists in Egypt against spying charges. I don't know if they're related cases, but an Egyptian high court just a few days ago sentenced ex-president Morsi to death, and a couple of hundred other victims as well. Imagine trying to function normally under that kind of pressure.

    This kind of profession must take a terrible toll on the soul of the lawyer. Losing a case could cost the defendant his life. And there have been some pretty high profile international human rights attorneys who didn't live long enough to see a case through the system (if you know what I mean).

    /This can be a very dangerous profession/

    She may have married a movie celebrity, but her job and her training is to uphold global civil liberties and international law. I have a lot of respect for her courage - I don't give a fuck what she looks like.

    But she does indeed look worn.

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    The article isn't judging her worth based on her appearance. It's saying she looks sick. And speculating how an intelligent, successful woman might fall prey to our obsession with weight.
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    She looks anorexic.
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    Amal was and is a successful lawyer with an important job. Now she is also the trophywife version 2.0 for an aging actor. She is successful, a humaritarian, a lawyer, a woman so sexy that even George Clooney wanted to marry her, because this dimwit certainly didn't go for her intelligence. Now she is starving herself, this time to please the Hollywood crowd and to fit into designer clothes. She wants to please everyone, I guess she is losing herself a bit right now. And maybe George is already impatient with her, with the short attention span he had with women in the past.
    Or maybe he wants children now, doing a full Warren Beatty turn around. But with that weight, she will not get pregnant.
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    I don't care what she weighs, she's about as unattractive as they come.

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    ^^All day!!
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    Who ARE all these women who always drop tons of weight when they get stressed out? Personally, in her shoes I'd probably weigh 300 pounds by now. I would've eaten George. I guess I'm a Nigella, not a Diana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty Bike View Post
    Amal was and is a successful lawyer with an important job. Now she is also the trophywife version 2.0 for an aging actor. She is successful, a humaritarian, a lawyer, a woman so sexy that even George Clooney wanted to marry her, because this dimwit certainly didn't go for her intelligence. Now she is starving herself, this time to please the Hollywood crowd and to fit into designer clothes. She wants to please everyone, I guess she is losing herself a bit right now. And maybe George is already impatient with her, with the short attention span he had with women in the past.
    Or maybe he wants children now, doing a full Warren Beatty turn around. But with that weight, she will not get pregnant.
    But she's over 30, her eggs are too old anyway....

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    the "article" (since it's the DF the term is used loosely) is pointless since she has always looked this skinny, imo. they deliberately used "before" pictures in baggier clothes and called her "shapely" or "curvier-looking". she has always looked emaciated ever since george started dating her.

    and did they just call emily blunt "full-figured"? wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
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    She doesn't need to be an alpha female competing with other women. She's already won the jackpot.

    Read more: Amal Clooney and how scary skinny is the new hallmark of successÂ* | Daily Mail Online

    wow, what sexist drivel. especially the highlighted bit.

    i'm with stef. amal has always been thin, but clearly has lost more weight. maybe it's just stress. maybe george is no prize. (sorry, sluce)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofty Bike View Post
    Or maybe he wants children now, doing a full Warren Beatty turn around. But with that weight, she will not get pregnant.
    Yes, low weight knocks out the ability to conceive. See Bangladesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Yes, low weight knocks out the ability to conceive. See Bangladesh.
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