Is Amal Alamuddin the ‘Carolyn Bessette’ to George Clooney’s JFK Jr.?

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Here are some photos of Amal Alamuddin, out and about in London this weekend. We just can’t enough of her street style! Personally, I think her ensembles in these photos are much better than her “Forever 21” style on Friday. The leather jacket pics are from Saturday, where she went to lunch with some friends. The white dress pics are actually from Friday – I guess this was her look after she got a facial in those floral jeans. I really like the white dress and I’m totally jealous of Amal’s purse collection. She has amazing purses.

I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to what this Amal-George situation is like, so I thought I’d make my own observation. This reminds me of John F. Kennedy Jr. (John-John) and Carolyn Bessette. JFK Jr. had a dating history a bit like George Clooney’s history – he dated women that were considered “inappropriate” for a man who was considered to be a potential “great white hope” for a political dynasty. John-John dated actresses for the most part, then he met Carolyn who worked for as a fashion executive for Calvin Klein. She was classy, she came from a good family, she was educated and stylish and chic. She was “appropriate.” That’s what Clooney and Amal remind me of. After all of these years of waitresses, hostesses, wrestlers and softcore p0rn stars, people are just happy that George is with someone “appropriate,” someone who can be a partner to Clooney’s political leanings, etc.

To carry the comparison even further, Carolyn bristled under the media interest in her life, she hated the paparazzi and she found navigating “public life” to be very difficult, whereas John had simply gotten used to it because it had always been his life. George is the same way – he knows the game, he knows how to use the press and he knows how to deal with the public/private struggle. Will Amal bristle? She’s now getting pap’d on a daily basis and professional gossips (*raises hand*) are debating whether she’s really this high-powered lawyer time she skips off on another holiday or takes a weekday off to get a mani-pedi. How will Amal cope, long-term?

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  1. Audrey says:

    I hate to doubt her….

    But does she actually work at all? Aren’t lawyers usually super busy?

      • janie says:

        why is it that JFK Jr and Clooney mess around with women for years and party, and when they get married it is labeled as “finding someone appropriate” when these girls are actually way out of their league?
        Meanwhile Stacy Keibler and the others get crucified for being “gold diggers” and clawing their way up?
        Say what you want about Amal, the girl is educated and has worked hard. Clooney hangs with Rande Gerber. He is the one marrying up.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      My dad was a lawyer, and my husband and my best friend are lawyers. I have been surrounded all my life by lawyers. They are very, very busy, yes. But they eat. They get haircuts. They go to the dentist and the eye doctor and the doctor and the kids plays and games. My best friend has facials and gets her nails done. They go on vacation. My husband works from our house in MD on Fridays. Sometimes, squeezing that in requires that they stay extra late at night, and a normal night is already late. But I’m tired of people saying she can’t be a lawyer if she walks down the street, or that somehow lawyers don’t have any life besides work. They’re people, people.

      • Sandy says:

        I am a former (big-law) lawyer, my husband is a lawyer at a large firm, and I have been surrounded by lawyers all my life (and I’m not bragging, believe me), but this is NOT how important lawyers behave at all! If she was really as vaunted as her resume reads, she would be working long hours, and not be able to jet off to Beverly Hills, Lake Como, or wherever, whenever she wanted to, even in the age of cell-phones and computers. Certainly, if she was the partner, or even the junior partner on cases, she would be working much longer hours. “Representing Julian Assange” can mean a lot of things, at a lot of levels. She’s not in charge of that case, or even close, and I’m not sure she’s doing more than occasional “consulting.”

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        The more important the lawyer is in the firm, the more flexibility they have. The head of my husband’s firm has a house in Turks and Caicos, and he spends half the year there. True, young associates are expected to work every day for long hours, and when my husband’s cases are active, which is often, I might see very little of him for a week or a month. Lawyers work very, very hard, but this “she couldn’t possibly be high powered because she takes vacation” is just not true. You have no idea what her schedule is, whether it’s a down time in the case, or maybe she hasn’t had a vacation in ten years and she took some time. I have no idea how key she is to this case, but neither do you. Why is everyone so determined to belittle her career? Or to pretend that lawyers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every week. I find it very disturbing and just bs. And I worked in large law firms in Philadelphia, Dallas, NY and LA.

      • Madi says:

        Sandy, she doesn’t work for a law firm. The UK is different to US law. A lot of people have problems understanding the UK legal system, as it is nothing like the US where anyone with a law degree can own their own practise and build on it.

        Barristers do not belong to a firm. They belong to a chamber. A Chamber differs to a firm in a number of ways. Firstly the chamber is the name of a group of clerks who do all the paperwork for individual barristers who belong to the chamber; their bill for their work is split between the barristers of that chamber, but the barristers are self employed. Just because a barrister belongs to a chamber doesn’t mean they go to court only with members of this chamber. For example, Ben Emmerson QC is a member of the Matrix Chambers, he worked with Geoffrey Robertson QC and Amal from Doughty Street Chambers on the Julian Assange case.

        To everyone who is saying she cannot be high flying lawyer, just take this into consideration. The top “lawyers” are Queen’s Council (Silks) to become a QC you have to be selected by a panel. Unlike America the UK is still run by the old boy network and this is a perfect example of the prejudices that Amal faces.

        In 2010 there was only 1,397 Queen’s Councils. Out of those only 152 are female. Last year out of the 183 who put themselves forward 84 were successful, only 14 were female and only 3 were not “British White”

        As she is not tied to a law firm and is working in International law, her cases are very long winded and she would be working with a lot of other barristers from different chambers, so working on the phone and attending meetings would be normal. She has been in London for a while now and although the paps only catch her coming or going from around where she lives and works, doesn’t prove she is not working or even working long hours.

      • Abigail says:

        Sandy, I totally agree that she seems to work more as a legal consultant than a lawyer submitting billable hours to her firm.
        The thing that strikes me is not even her vacation schedule (which does appear to be unusually heavy for someone in her position), but her attire. I realize several photos of her have been taken on weekends or during “off-hours.” But I have yet to see a photo of her dressed in a manner that would be consistent with a high-powered attorney (or even any attorney). And that includes this white (blue?) dress. It’s pretty as casual-wear, but if an attorney showed up to a meeting dressed like this, I would seriously think it was a joke.

      • JudyK says:

        @ GoodNames 2:21 p.m. post: Totally agree with what you are saying. I’ve worked for large law firms all over Texas and Oklahoma and dated an A-rated patent attorney for five years and then on and off for another few years after that. Agree 100% w/ everything you said.

      • K says:

        Madi is right. Lawyers along the lines they’re known in the US, working billable hours for a huge company, or in their own small firm, we call solicitors. Barristers, who plead in court but don’t handle creation of paperwork or see as much of clients, as a rule, are self-employed. I know nothing about this woman, but if a case is in a lull, she doesn’t have to agree to take on other work if she wants time off instead. She can do whatever she likes. In fact some women prefer to be barristers rather than solicitors because they feel it combines better with family life.

        Some professional barristers also work as academics, teaching law. Even very, very senior and experienced ones – a former Advocat Generale at the European Court of Justice did just that. It’s an altogether different career to a lawyer employed by a firm.

      • moon says:

        Yes, but at the frequency with which she is?

      • Amulla says:

        Well……most lawyers I know don’t even have a job, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them doing something leisurely.

        I’m sure this woman is photographed a lot now because of the Clooney engagement.

        When is their wedding date?? Did they set one?

      • Nina says:

        Don’t know anything about the uk legal system or what she does exactly but most u.s. Lawyers working on high profile cases work many long hours and don’t have lives during such cases. Of course she could be between cases, but as a lawyer, I would love to be able to do the daily pap stroll she does. If only I could get outside for lunch! Or have time to consider putting an outfit together! But no, she does not have the style of cb, who was effortlessly graceful and elegant.

    • kri says:

      Who is the hot bloke in the middle? Otherwise, yawn.

    • Sandy says:

      Seychelles, Tanzania, NYC, Beverly Hills, Lake Como, etc. in like what, five months? She’s not that important to the firm or the case. Just saying.

      • Sandy says:

        Really GoodNamesAllTaken? I think you may be more qualified to be a psychologist. After all, you seem able to infer everyone else’s motives and” insecurities” behind their comments!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, and from you I’m getting enormous ego and an inability to give credit to anyone who is different than you are. Maybe I should change careers.

      • Sandy says:

        My ego? Your first line: “My dad was a lawyer, and my husband and my best friend are lawyers. I have been surrounded all my life by lawyers. ” I don’t think it’s my ego that’s an issue. And I doubt you could bring yourself to give up the prestige you imagine being a lawyer (or being surrounded by lawyers) confers on you and all of your relatives and acquaintances! Good God! Get a grip.

      • bluhare says:

        GoodNames said that to show she knows lawyers and their work life. From what I’ve seen of them (I am not a lawyer, am not surrounded by lawyers, but I’ve known plenty) I agree with her.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Sandy, those are the facts of my life. I stated them because I felt they were relevant to the topic of how lawyers behave, just as YOU did by stating that you and your husband were both lawyers. I don’t image, and could not care less, what anyone, especially you, thinks about it. It is what it is. I never said, or had the ridiculous idea, that it confers any status on me or anyone else. That’s laughable, and coming directly from you and you only. Except you add below that you’re not just ANY lawyer, YOU’RE a NEW YORK lawyer, so much superior to those lowly lawyers from other states. Really, how do you fit that head of yours in the same room with other people?

      • Sandy says:

        GoodNamesAllTaken: The New York lawyer part happens to be true.

      • linlin says:

        Yes, she’s not important to “her firm”. Because she doesn’t have one. Because she’s not an American lawyer, but a English barrister. Who is part of a chamber, the Doughty Street chamber. Because that’s how English (and Wales) barristers work.

    • Madi says:

      How do you know she is not currently working? Because they don’t have pap shots taken in her chambers proving she is working? Most of the time she is papped with others from her chambers and a couple of times in Doughty Street. None of her cases are at court or even nearly there yet, and she doesn’t work at the Supreme court, so you are not going to get shots of her entering into a court room every day like barristers who do work at the Supreme court.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think certain people feel threatened by her for some reason, so they try to belittle her, even though they have absolutely no way of knowing what she is or isn’t doing. I give up.

      • Allie says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken…Come on. Just because I don’t like somebody, I’m threatened/jealous/a hater? Granted I have no idea what she does in her day to day life, but neither do you. Can’t we all agree to disagree without being “threatened” by her?

      • Madi says:

        I know it is really horrible. Are people doing this because they cannot stand the thought that she is with George Clooney so they have to tear her to shreds? I can’t get to grips with it either, hopefully some might read what I wrote above and maybe get behind her for some female solidarity. The odds that she will make a QC (top tiered lawyer) are very slim because she is female and not British White.

        Can’t have these johnny foreigners especially female johnny foreigners being part of our elite now can we. Pip pip, off to get one of those waiter type plebs to make me a G&T

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, Allie, normally I agree with you totally, and Of course you can dislike someone without being threatened by them. But I don’t care if people like her or not. I have no feelings one way or the other about her. I just feel that from the SECOND people heard about her, they were so anxious to belittle what she does career-wise. There was this group of people who instantly started in – it doesn’t mean you’re smart just because you go to a good school, she couldn’t possibly be important because she went on vacation and lawyers never vacation, her resume is fake, she’s just a front, so what if she clerked for the Supreme Court, her parents are rich and she has connections…just idiotic stuff. Why? I readily admit that I have no way of knowing what she does or doesn’t do. But neither do they, though they claim it’s impossible for her to be a serious career person because of what they read in the tabloids. I just can’t figure out any other reason for this insistence that she’s a lightweight. As I said, I have been fathered by, married to, worked for and been surrounded by lawyers my entire life and this is just b.s. I have read nothing that proves she’s not smart and hard-working, but I’ve read more hostile, trumped up excuses to belittle her than I can list. It makes me wonder why.

      • Sandy says:

        Thanks for pointing out that lawyers are different from barristers. And I gather that New York (what I’m used to) attorneys are different from Maryland, Texas and Oklahoma lawyers.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I worked in New York, Sandy for one of the biggest and oldest law firms in the US. The only thing different about NY lawyers is they see themselves as the pinnacle of the universe. Get over yourself. You don’t work harder than everybody else on earth just because you’re from NY.

    • siri says:

      She was, and is, part of teams representing people like Assange etc. Also, these particular cases are depending on schedules of courts like the ICC in The Hague (Netherlands), so she isn’t always “at work” in an office, but bound to work on appointments, and then probably for weeks in a row. So it seems she has a rather on-off sort of work, and her preparations she can do everywhere. But I’m also sure her importance was a bit blown out of proportion by George’s PR team as well as by her firm. This whole thing is such good advertising for them.

      • DanaG says:

        I think you hit the nail on the head. Her work has been blown out of porportion by the PR that has surrounded her. Every story has her as this smart much wanted Lawyer who is so brilliant. Then she takes several months and it does work out to be months not just a few weeks here or there of vacation. I don’t think she is all that important in these cases but she is the face of several. There is a dozen on most of these teams and she seems to be pretty low on the pecking order if she can take months of vacation and travel the world with Clooney. And that is being frugal with the amount of time she has been away from work.

      • Candy says:

        Spot on. Clooney’s team really did Amal a disservice by building her up. People are now watching to see if she really is all that. She seems just like your average “work as she will” barrister.

        Personality wise, she is no different to his other gals except she likes being away from him more than the others :)

      • Kosmos says:

        This makes sense to me, and it changes my idea of thinking of her in American lawyer terms as connected strongly to a firm and a caseload etc. I agree, with this kind of schedule, she has time on her hands and isn’t a slave to her job. Personally, I think she’s obviously got brains, she dresses well and even conservatively, she’s globally interested and aware and I don’t have anything negative to say about her. The one thing I do wonder is whether this is just ‘another’ female setup for Clooney, set to last a predicted or unpredicted amount of time, or whether he will seriously marry. I’m a bit on the fence about believing he quickly went from all the other interludes and just off from Stacy Kiebler, then right to Amal and marriage, you know? It seems a little soon to go for marriage since this is not at all like him. But….there may be good reasons behind this that we are not aware of.

      • siri says:

        @Kosmos: I actually wonder about the same thing. Could really just be another contract, only on a more ‘sophisticated’ level. Clooney is well aware of his reputation, and it seems to matter a great deal to him. So this time around, they simply picked a woman who doesn’t look like arm candy. Only they went into overdrive, and that raises even more of the questions he was hoping to prevent from now on. Only god, and Clooney know what the real reasons behind this circus are. He probably falls in love easily, and I can also believe he likes to have conversations with her…just I can’t detect any romantic/warm/sensual feelings between the two of them. Not even plain sexual ones.

    • Sacred And Profane says:

      She’s a barrister. They basically set their own hours.

  2. Seapharris7 says:

    That picture makes me think of a cleaned up Amy Winehouse

  3. AG-UK says:

    NOOOOO she is not. Sorry Caroline Bessette had a different sort of style which I prefer. Probably boring to some but classic and right up my alley.

  4. Alexis says:

    This chick rubs me the wrong way.

    • FLORC says:

      Me too. She’s strangely comfortable with all this attention.
      Smart, accomplished people can be famewhores too.

    • Samtha says:

      Her track record of defending and advising war criminals is what rubs me the wrong way.

      Yes, I know how lawyers work, that they take all kinds of cases and it doesn’t necessarily reflect on their morals, etc. But when you call yourself a human rights specialist but spend most of your time defending people on the wrong side of human rights, it does make me give a side-eye.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Lawyers CAN take all kinds of cases, but they don’t have to. It is their choice.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree. I argue with my husband about it. He says our justice system wouldn’t work if somebody didn’t defend criminals, and they’re doing an important job, and I get that. But how could you sleep at night knowing you’re putting a rapist back on the street to rape again? This isn’t specific to her, obviously, but just in general. I couldn’t do it and just say, well that’s my job.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yeah I’ve always wondered that too, GNAT. I supposed criminal defenders just take the emotion and sensitivity out of it and just focus on the task at hand. It definitely takes a particular kind of person to hold a profession like that though–I definitely couldn’t do it.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I have always wondered that myself. If you are a defense lawyer, it has to be tough knowing that while your client is bad human being they still fall under “innocent until proven guilty” clause.

      • Madi says:

        She doesn’t work in the area of law where you are either always the prosecutor or the defence. The International Criminal Court appoints lawyers to cases. In the case of Abdullah al-Senussi (Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief) Ben Emmerson QC was appointed to defend him. Ben chose Amal to be on his side as they worked together on the Julian Assange case and obviously thought she would be an asset.

        Barristers who are not silks (Queen’s Council) do not get appointed by the ICC, they appoint the Lawyers and the lawyers choose their teams. Barristers do not work for law firms, they are self employed so they can choose any barrister from anywhere. If she turned down Ben’s offer, it would be career suicide. End of.

        By the way, Ben Emmerson QC and Amal do not work for the same chambers, they work in different chambers which differs from US law firms.

      • Madi says:

        And as she was only a barrister by a year, she would not have been the lead or sole defence attorney to the King of Bahrain. Again, if she turned these cases down simply because of ethics, then she would have to find another job. This is the world of International Law and if someone cannot handle that one day they would have to defend some war criminal, then they have no business of being there

      • No Way says:

        My problem is not her extremely flexible work schedule or even the people she defends, there are legitimate reasons for them, but the fact that they seem to want to sell her as some high powered human rights advocate. ( By them I mean Clooney’s team, and if you don’t think you are being sold an image I have a great bridge in Brooklyn I’ll sell you for cheap)

        From what I could see from her work bio, on a few legal sites, she is a mid-level respected international UK lawyer/barrister. What’s wrong with that? Clooney isn’t exactly curing cancer is he? It just looks like they are fluffing and sanitizing her work bio and for what reason? I know a lot of people don’t like defense lawyers, however, a fair trial legitimizes the process. Most defense lawyers I know own and defend it, and her resume seems legitimate enough to not slam this image down the public’s throat like she’s a saint. Before you get me on this there are so many comments from un-named sources to celebrity friendly magazines like People, US etc emphasizing this.

      • Leen says:

        Thank you Madi. If you cannot handle defending some unsavory characters, then better not be in International law. And I think people conflate the US justice system with the ICC system.

        Let’s not forget in international human rights violations, at times perpetrators are victims (Child soldiers come to mind).

    • almondey says:

      Law student here- 2 more years till I’m licensed!

      I understand the moral conundrum in people getting a good defense and that’s the framework our society rests on. I could never see myself doing that work–however, let’s not forget that it’s the prosecution’s burden of proof in any event to prove the state’s case. If a rape occurred, as a society, we’re relying on competent prosecutors to gather evidence and make the state’s case for why a person is to be locked away.

      Secondly, you’d be surprised at how many innocent people get incarcerated because they can’t afford a top-notch defense; aka, everyone’s entitled to a defense but more $$ buys a better defense more often than not. In this sense, because there aren’t enough defenders–innocent people go away to jail.

      Lastly, I understand people’s moral ickiness with attorneys that defend criminals or human rights violators etc. but the lack of a defense system would give too much power to the government or the state in criminal proceedings. People could go away for years and decades if not given the right to a defense and that’s an undue burden placed on the legal system. also, let’s not forget that if we start sending criminals of the most heinous types to prison and life imprisonment without due process or giving them a defense attorney, we’re no better than countries that punish citizens without due process and a fair trial.

      The idea, ultimately, is supposed to be that if one has a defense (insanity, extreme emotional distress, self-defense, sexual abuse etc.) that caused them to act in an otherwise unacceptable way–a competent defense will highlight that. It’s not a defense attorney’s job to put his client in jail essentially by refusing representation. That burden of putting away a rapist or a murderer lies with the prosecution. It’s that simply.

      • sandring says:

        Great post almondey. I am a lawyer as well and I think all the legal training makes you think about these issues in a different way.

        Blackstone’s formulation is the cornerstone of our modern criminal system “it is better that ten guilty men escape than one innocent suffer.” Sadly it doesn’t always work like that but it’s a principle I believe in. I couldn’t imagine doing criminal defence work myself but it’s an important job and lawyers who do it deserve respect.

  5. Anne says:

    no, she isn’t. god no. only in his PR/image-obsessed mind.

    • FLORC says:

      I’m shocked at the photos posted here. Only 2 outfits posted.
      Every other photo we’ve seen of her she has horrible style. Just terrible.

      Carolyn had effortless beauty. Simplistic, timeless style. And i’m willing to bet she ever owned a pair of clear heeled shoes that she wore in public.

  6. Allie says:

    Will she bristle? Are you kidding? She looks like she loves the attention. If I didn’t know her career history, I would have assumed she was some socialite.

  7. Pandy says:

    I’m bored with her already. Not enough happening to make her a “must view” topic.

  8. TheCountess says:

    The white dress is gorgeous; a perfect summer look. That’s what a grown-up, successful woman should be sporting, not silly floral pants and crop tops.

    Carolyn Bessette she is not, though. At least, not yet.

  9. Renee says:

    Well, she seems to be enjoying the pap attention so I would differ on that end. You could see how uncomfortable Carolyn was when they were getting photographed.

  10. Nicolette says:

    Please don’t compare Clooney and this Chicklet to John Jr. and Carolyn.

  11. marjalane says:

    Ugh. That headline made me gag.

  12. Februaryoflastyear says:

    Re the first photo: does anyone really hold their handbag like that in real life?

  13. Talie says:

    I don’t think she minds the paparazzi, but more because she would’ve known the score.

  14. lower-case deb says:

    or like Arnie Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver?

  15. Delta Juliet says:

    Well, it appears that no one agrees with you Kaiser. But I have to say, something about these two has been kind of “bothering” me and I think that’s it! I’m not sure that Amal is as bothered by the attention as Carolyn was but there are definitely some similarities in the way those two relationships developed and were presented to the public. I think you are on to something.

    Also, the dress in those pictures is beautiful. Is it white? It reads as light blue on my monitor.

  16. kimber says:

    Ummm…..she isn’t a person to look to for fashion advice. Whoever is scheduling her WAY too obvious paparazzi shoots needs to slow their roll bc it’s just getting ridiculous. Quick question: Why does this woman dress like a high schooler? Maybe high schooler isn’t right? Extra on pretty little liars seems like a better fit.

  17. LadyMacbeth ex Hiddles F. says:

    Are we getting a daily thread about Amal until she gets married with Clooney? Ugh, still many days to go before September…

  18. Emma13 says:

    These outfits are so much better. I love that dress and leather jacket! Does London not get hot? How the heck is she wearing a leather jacket in June? I live in Florida so I find it hard to believe anyone can wear long sleeves outside in the summer.

    Edit: Just looked online to check out the temperature. Holy crap! It’s so cold there D:

    • AG-UK says:

      YES it is cold…. I am so f…..g over it. I have lived her 14 years TODAY and still never truly understand this weather. I had to go and buy tights as I didn’t wear any and I was freezing. I am from Texas and not use to this. 73 degrees is a “scorcher” NOT if you are lucky you will get maybe a month TOTAL of warm weather. I think my son was 3/4 when it was hot from April – September is now 13. (: ughghghghghghghg I should have married an Aussie. Oh yeah don’t forget the rain!!!

    • Liz says:

      I said something similar once on another thread but her outfits are pretty normal for London, they don’t look strange to me at all.

  19. Dani says:

    I didn’t know lawyers had so much free time. Guess my boss just hangs around the office out of boredom.

  20. DogMom says:

    Did we all see the Blind Item at CDAN about a 20million prenup for lost lifetime wages?

  21. Christin says:

    John was a schoolgirl crush of mine, and I cannot put GC in his league at all. Even though I was not the biggest fan of his union with Carolyn, Amal is no Carolyn, either. And she doesn’t seem to mind the attention at all.

    Now if they end up in the same city for any length if time and they end up screaming in a park with GC ending up sitting on a curb crying, I may change my opinion.

    Side note: A comparison that might hold water is that Carolyn allegedly was a glorified clothes horse for CK instead of what her lofty job title implied.

  22. lovescamaro says:

    NO.

    But she looks really cute in the first first photo. She’s loving the attention and bringing her A-game with the paparazzi’s though.

  23. Lucretia says:

    The law degree is merely another accessory, I suspect. She got through the law program, but i doubt if she will ever work much. She dresses too young for her age and general appearance. And the Bessette comparison is not bad, except for one big thing–Bessette clearly hated being papped, while this woman just as clearly loves it. Super-annoying already.

  24. Anne says:

    She may be an accomplished, talented woman with a sophisticated position, but Carolyn Bessette comparisons, in my opinion, go too far. Whatever their private flaws, both JFK Jr. & Carolyn had genuine elegance in the way they lived and presented themselves publicly. This relationship – Amal & George – has been presented in a way that feels incredibly FAKE to me. Empty, shallow and hollow. Obviously I don’t know – but, to me, this feels like an “arrangement”, just as his other public relationships felt like arrangements. She’s good for his image and she enjoys the attention and the raise of profile. Good for them. It’s harmless. I just don’t buy it for a second. It strikes me as so uncharacteristic of him – it actually makes me wonder about some of the rumors surrounding Clooney and if this isn’t some sort of preemptive damage control.

    • Kim1 says:

      According to several gay sites Clooney has an Italian LT boyfriend but George is Bisexual not Gay.People are mixed on why he is getting married now.Is it love,political aspirations, a scandal like Bryan Singer ? Personally I don’t think they will get married in September.

    • No Way says:

      I agree, but to me it wasn’t the elegance John and Carolyn had it was no matter what people thought of their relationship they had passion. How many pictures do we have of them fighting in Central Park, which you normally wouldn’t do if you knew people were following and snapping pictures. They look genuinely mad at each other, which happens in real relationships, and they just had to let it out, paps be damned. Then the snuggling pictures look genuine too. Either these two were the best actors in the world or the relationship was intense and real. Clooney and Amal just don’t have that.

      Also, John wasn’t thought of as this super intelligent guy, but then Clooney must be an idiot if you go with this couple analogy. Just taking the analogy further, John supposedly felt pressure from family and legacy to clean up his relationships and find a suitable partner, which is the crap the Clooney team is inferring, but Clooney is in his fifties. John was in his thirties. Clooney seems a little old to finally catch up to the idea. Cause at his age who cares. I could have bought the whole I finally found love thing if he had just run off and quietly married her, and then presented her as his wife. The whole fiancé presentation roll out just seems forced.

      I think if it is for a run for California governor, which some have said, he may have made another PR miscalculation. I just think California has done the “celebrity” governor thing recently, and they weren’t too happy with it. They may do it again, but it will be a ways off, and it would be with someone who just doesn’t look so fake.

  25. mkyarwood says:

    Ha, well. George is about 20 years too old to be a Jr.

  26. Jenns says:

    Clooney has himself another fame whore. Just a well educated one.

  27. Altariel says:

    She always looks pap-ready, even her rip jeans and Forever 21 looks are perfectly crafted, hair always perfectly styled. I’m just guessing she’s not too displeased with all the photos. And look how very thin she is! She looks very narrow (from front and back) compared to other folks in that last photo. Must be nice to be that successful and hard working and still be completely style conscious without 1% body fat. In that sense, I’m jealous! Otherwise, like others have said, this is all quite boring, as far as daily interest in a celebrity couple goes.

  28. Jayna says:

    No. Carolyn Bessette hated the paps and never smiled for them while out and about when dating and engaged to George. Amal has been not only smiling but smiling while looking over towards the camera, very well aware of where it was, all the time until it appears that George has had a word with her and it has stopped. Now we get solemn Amal.

    I do love both outfits on her.

  29. Penelope says:

    That first photo looks so posed.

    She’s loving this.

  30. Kkhou says:

    My husband and I are lawyers. And so is my dad. You have time but not that much, especially at this point in her career. The thing about being a lawyer is that he work doesn’t stop while you are out of town. Maybe she is working from home and vacation, but no lawyer I have worked with seems to get that much time off, except for the very very senior partners. So, either she is working on her vacation, or someone else is doing her work for her.

  31. db says:

    What are all these people smoking?? Goop & Chis = Liz and Dick; George & Amal = JFKjr & Carolyn Bessette? LOL. NO.

  32. Maria says:

    I think she loves the attention she’s getting… I feel like in all her pictures she’s strutting down the street as if it were a catwalk. She might be smart and intelligent but I also get a whiff of conceited too.

  33. JudyK says:

    I like Amal, but I don’t like the comparison of Clooney to JFK, Jr.–just like his dad, JFK, Jr., was a “one and only.” Clooney pales and fails in comparison.

  34. cody says:

    No comparison at all. Tabloids are really looking for things to write something about Amal. Carolyn was prettier, had lots of style and was a working girl. She worked for Calvin Klein. John Jr was a bachelor, but still got married young. He was ivy league guy, with a law degree. There was only a few years difference in their ages, unlike George and. Amal, a 16 year difference. If John had lived he would be about Georges age and who knows might have had a political career and kids.

  35. whoozy says:

    So sorry no one ‘approved’ of the waitresses, wrestlers, whoever. Fact is they were all better educated than cloon, and unlike amulrexia, were all independent women who owned property, paid rent, relied on themselves pre gc. She is polar opposite, going from rich mommy’s house to rich older man. No past? No exes? No pics? Nuns have better bios. I think this is the allure for gc who reportedly likes the daddy/teacher role. He can teach her how to hire maids, gardeners, nannies, drivers, cooks, etc. Despite the degree, she seems by FAR the least self reliant of the bunch. I do hope the sept 27th date will be changed..don’t like phoney ass pr events to detract from my cake.

    • Jayna says:

      She was linked to dating Google director, Eric Schmidt. A woman rising in the ranks of her profession is self-reliant. Your over-the-top analysis of her compared to a cocktail waitress in Vegas who paid rent when he met her makes no sense. I’m not trying to knock the woman in Vegas. She did have a degree. I just don’t get your need to denigrate AA because she didn’t own a home.

      As far as George, you don’t need a degree to be intelligent and successful and world-traveled and well-read and knowledgeable on world events and involved. You can have a degree and never accomplish anything and never pick up a book again nor come across particularly bright or interesting in conversation.

      • No Way says:

        Eric Schmidt is not a positive as far as I am concerned. He is married. Supposedly they have an open marriage, but no one has ever confirmed that and they are legally married.

        I agree on the degree part, but it is Clooney’s team that is pushing the she is at his level crap, with even his mother making a comment. They should have seen it coming. Why do they have to put down the others women to make Amal seem better. I don’t think she needs it.

    • Cora says:

      Fun Fact — Sarah Larson actually owned her home in Vegas before she met GC. She wasn’t paying rent, she was making mortgage payments. She also owned her very pricey BMW. She had done quite well for herself before she met George.

      • Jayna says:

        She was a Vegas cocktail waitress for many years at places up and down the strip and off the strip, like Green Valley Ranch. Anybody can pay expensive car payments and own a BMW, etc. I was surrounded by 20 somethings driving expensive cars, leased, not leased, used, and expensive car payments and nothing in the bank. Good for her owning her home. Maybe she used her Fear Factor money. In my 20s I owned a townhouse and it was cheaper than rent and I didn’t put a ton down. But spending years in Vegas as a cocktail waitress, color me not impressed. . I think she was pretty, though and glad to see she branched out and in her 30s is working a different gig than her years in Vegas. She tried different things in the celebrity world playing off of her year with Clooney and they all fell through and no more interest in her. She moved on and seems sweet. But this photo of her taken before she started dating him is basically where she was in her life when he asked her out. He had partied with her in Vegas four years before she said in an interview and three years later found out which new bar she was working at and asked her out.

        Photo of her one month before going out with Clooney, at a pool party rear in the air, on all fours, licking a magazine, rolling around on the floor with another girl, and some man in a bar the day before lifting her against a well, with her legs wrapped around him as he grinds her.

        http://www.celebitchy.com/10412/george_clooneys_girlfriend_sarah_larson_bikini_wrestling_past/

    • Samtha says:

      Thank you. I hate the idea that certain types of women are more “worthy” than others. It’s disgustingly classicist and borderline sexist.

  36. OhDear says:

    Oy. Clooney needs to get new PR people, stat. The whole relationship and daily pap walks just seems desperate and weird.

  37. Lin says:

    Wow… The paps always know where to find her, right?

  38. frisbeejada says:

    Is she doing that really irritating model thing of sucking her cheeks in to make her bone structure more defined (Johnny Depp used to do it as well – silly old sod) or am I just being super picky because I think she’s a complete fake in a completely fake relationship with a completely fake man?

  39. Leek says:

    No, no, never, ever. Carolyn didn’t dress like a three year old playing in her mother’s closet.

  40. Zulu says:

    Can whoever please stop trying to make this woman “happen”?

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Thank you, I agree. Enough with this woman already.

    • FLORC says:

      It’s Clooney. He needs to stop.
      If this marriage is to help him run for an office, he’ll start laying the groundwork for that on thick.
      I wonder if this article isn’t just a big puff piece to start comparing Amal to other women who were with strong men from political families. It will be the start of many.

      I’m with Leek above. At no point did Carolyn look like she played dressup with her mother’s clothes. Nothing about Amal says sophisticated like it did with Carolyn.

  41. Great article! The moment I saw Amal first featured in a magazine, I thought she reminded me of a brunette version of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy – not so much from a style perspective, but physically. The Clooney / JFK, Jr dating history comparisons are absolutely spot on!

  42. vava says:

    I’m loving these outfits on her, she looks really great!

  43. Godwina says:

    Carolyn was a spoiled somewhat shallow elite with little perspective, but my god did she have style. She had “it.” She could literally wear a bag and rock it hard. So elegant. She was born with chic kapow–super rare. Amal is utterly gorgeous but just…no way, IMO. Nowhere near Carolyn-level chic.

  44. zyfoo says:

    what kind of a comparison is that??!!!!! if john john had wanted to be politically correct, he shouldn’t have married a cokehead!

  45. aqua says:

    I’m not sure about the political comparison, but I do think Amal can handle the constant attention and pressure that being in the public eye can bring better than Carolyn could.

  46. Addie says:

    Amal seems every bit as beautiful as Carolyn B. and as stylish IMHO or moreso but I still can’t buy in to the high powered lawyer stuff for some reason. I need more photos of her rushing to court with a satchel full of files while talking on the phone, fast lunches, photos of her chatting with colleagues. Yes lawyers are real people but I know a ton of them and they work all the time.

  47. Lizzie K says:

    What I thought of when the engagement was announced was that Alamuddin was supposed to be the Jolie to Clooney’s Pitt. And it doesn’t work, because it just comes off as a very phony relationship. JFK,Jr./Bessette comparisons don’t work either, because ditto.

  48. PHD gossip says:

    Sorry – by all accounts JFK Jr. was a nice, polite, well mannered guy. Clooney is an entitled, spoiled actor.

  49. Cora says:

    Off topic, but sad news — Elisabetta Canalis has suffered a miscarriage. She confirmed it in a long post on WhoSay.

  50. M.A.F. says:

    Is he working at the moment? Clooney? I find all of this rather odd. The last time they were photograph together was either during their trip to Africa (you know, the trip where they brought People Mag w/them) or when they were leaving some restaurant in LA. I understand her being photograph at the Human Rights event last week but these shots of her just walking are too much.

  51. Diana says:

    You know I think there’s a bit of a misconception with JFK JR and Carolyn Besette. She actually came from a somewhat working class background. Her parents were divorced when she was young and I think she actually was somewhat estranged from her father. She actually worked in Caldor and waited tables to pay for college. Nothing wrong with any of this. I’m just saying she didn’t really come from this aristocratic blue blood family. As for JFK JR I don’t think it’s fair to say that he dated mostly actresses. He did date Daryl Hannah on and off for several year. And also another actress named Christina Haag who he had known since he was a teenager.

  52. Bobbiesue says:

    The main difference isn’t style, really, it has to do with the nature of this relationship. John and Carolyn could be volatile but very much in love and were the real deal. There’s something “not right in the water” with this latest Clooney conquest/relationship. She appears out of thin air and then they’re engaged? What important, self-respecting lawyer wouldn’t put on their “reasonable doubt” glasses and look at his dating past and question his intentions? To me, the clear answer is she’s IN IT for the attention. I think she’s looking like Pipa Middleton here, in terms of appearing cool while hiding a smile that she’s getting Papped strolling about London.

  53. tmbg says:

    No way. There was only one Carolyn and she was amazing. She’s been my style inspiration for years now. All she wanted was to be married to John – she didn’t want any of the PR nonsense that came along with it. If she was still here, I wonder how she would have dealt with celeb sites picking her and her husband to pieces. It’ll be 15 years this July since they’ve been gone. :(

    I made a blog for her because I saved a lot of photographs from an old website that went down. This link shows one of my very favorite Carolyn outfits (how cute is the twirled sweater/scarf?). It was in ’95 when they were still dating:

    http://rememberingcbk.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/special-olympics-event/

    ETA: And those coke rumors are so overblown (no pun intended). Read Carole Radziwill’s book before that piece of crap by Michael Bergin.

    • DogMom says:

      Thanks for sharing! So heartbreaking and lovely.

      I remember when JohnJr and CB were the biggest thing ever. And I remember sitting in the airport watching the news about the plane being lost.

      They appeared to be the very definition of love.

    • Esmom says:

      Great photos, thanks for sharing. She’s always been one of my favorite style icons, too, she was so chic and in such an effortless-looking way. That ensemble and her style looks 100% of the moment right now. I remember clearly that she singlehandedly started the flared jeans trend of the 90s, she seemed so fashion forward, even when she was out running around in the park totally casually.

    • Jayna says:

      I loved Carolyn’s style, and she didn’t dress up for the paps. She was kind of effortless chic, casual or dress. I liked her better before she bleached her hair really light blond, though and went through a period of being painfully thin. But that was nerves over being hounded by the press. No, Amal doesn’t even come close to her in any respect. But Amal does have style and think she has a unique look a lot of times compared to the usual snaps we get. It’s just not up there with Carolyn.

      I loved her wedding photo in the doorway It amazed me how casual they went and how she was still more glamorous than the likes of Kim Kardashian at either of the two weddings she filmed.

    • Jayna says:

      Carole Radziwill wouldn’t know about an affair. Most people don’t advertise their affairs especially to her husband’s cousin’s wife. I think John and Carolyn had had problems during their marriage and I think both cheated. I do think they loved each other very much and worked through their issues and all the pressure tha paps caused Carolyn and being married to John Kennedy throwing her into the spotlight.

  54. joan says:

    Ah, here we go again — commenters trying to compare their non-famous little lives to this famous, well educated, accomplished woman who is engaged to a big movie star.

    That’s right, tell us how your uncle with a law degree doesn’t get facials, so she shouldn’t.

    Tell us how she should be acting when you have no idea what a British lawyer’s schedule is like.

  55. sandra says:

    I see no comparison at all. Conversely, my partner of 4 years is a young lawyer in high demand and while he does get time off every now and again, he’s almost always working and way too tired after his long days to be out strutting about as Amal does on an almost daily basis, changing outfits up to three times on any given day. These are not the habits of a high-powered lawyer.

    • Jayna says:

      Someone from the U.K. said it’s different over there. I also read that she had taken several months off and he wanted to marry before she went back full force to work. But that is so different than over here where most lawyers long hours depending upon their area of practice.

  56. Fan says:

    I don’t know but one day things will catch up with George and he will remember the nice women in his life.

  57. wow says:

    I’m over Miss. Amal already. To me, she’s the same as his other notches, only she has a decent job. And a CBK comparison? Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Blasphemy! Lol. CBK was effortlessly stylish. Amal is a try hard. I’m just not impressed with Amal, her job or her engagement. But I’d rather read the crap about her than anything on the Kardashians/Jenner’s.

  58. wow says:

    I’m over Miss. Amal already. To me, she’s the same as his other notches, only she has a decent job. And a CBK comparison? Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Blasphemy! Lol. CBK was effortlessly stylish. She just had that “IT” factor that you can’t fake. Amal is a try hard. I’m just not impressed with Amal, her job or her engagement. But I’d rather read the crap about her than anything on the Kardashians/Jenner’s.

  59. jjjessica says:

    women cannot accept that other women can be successful. stop hating.

  60. GBH says:

    Ugh, this chick is so basic and extra. Now comparisons to the Kennedys? Gurlbye.

  61. Hayley says:

    Since Clooney is most likely going to be running for office soon, he needed an appropriate woman / wife. In a hurry. I don’t buy any of this. I am completely convinced that this is a political move.

    • Jayna says:

      She’s British, not an American citizen. Beyond her being attractive and educated with a career in law, how is she an asset to running for political office in this climate in America with her being? People will throw out there she is Muslim whether she is or isn’t and start the hate bashing and fear- mongering.

      • Tolva says:

        She’s NOT an asset IMO. She’ll be more of a liability if anything.
        I don’t believe she’ll bring votes to George, she might even deter people from voting for him. Her client list is not looking great as far as women issues or for America. IMO
        If George thinks she will help him, he’s beyond delusional. IMO

  62. Amulla says:

    It is a joke to compare George Clooney to one of the Kennedys.

  63. abby says:

    hmm, what are we looking for exactly?

    Are paps catching her as she goes between appointments? Can she work outside of the office? Does she have anything at trial at the moment or is she in the prep stages?
    Is she back at work full-time or does she return in Sept?

    I am not sure what conclusions can be drawn from pap pics as she meets a few colleagues (friends?) for lunch or gets her hair and nails done. I mean, people can work in so many different ways – telecommute, etc and I imagine that she can do legal research and prepare legal documents anywhere. Of course, eventually she will need to go into the office and report to Court but not everyone is bound to working in the office.

    Do I think she is as big a deal as they made her out to be? Perhaps, it’s hard to say.
    I guess we’ll see after the wedding and honeymoon just how serious Amal is about the future of her career or whether she has alternate plans.

  64. Ange says:

    I just want to get in her shoe closet and start all over. Girl has NO shoe game.

  65. mollie says:

    Her pants are always so ill fitting in the crotch. Baggy, bunchy. She needs a better tailor.

  66. Sandy says:

    Wow! So many things wrong about this comment. I think people are overstating the London legal system’s flexibility, unless you are saying that every barrister is a dilettante who drops in and out of their careers whenever they want. I don’t think she’s being denigrated here; people are simply assessing her style as they view it, and wondering about her personal life and career since George Clooney has dated a string of somewhat non-intellectual (an assumption I know) women over the years, and he suddenly fell in love and is marrying this one! Do you object to people analyzing the way Kim Kardashian looks or her marriages? Because in a sense, they are the same thing in that they are both certainly being pushed on us by carefully thought out PR campaigns. And this site is called Celebitchy. Why do you come here if not to hear people’s opinions of how people dress and act? So can the lectures about “denigrating” women and “projecting” and go to another site if you don’t like it.

  67. nicegirl says:

    My question is, how is her name pronounced? I am having a hard time.

  68. Jayna says:

    I was walking to the courthouse today (I’m not a lawyer), and I was pulling my case and laptob. I had a heavy purse, and instead of over my shoulder, I was carrying it with my free arm like Amal, in the crook of my arm. When I looked down, I realized I had my arm in tight to my side as I was holding it. I felt so judged by my fellow Celebitchers.

  69. Rose says:

    I hate the way that we foreigners think we know everything about other countries ways.
    All those people weighing in as “experts” should just check themselves.
    The fact is, this lady has choices.

  70. Tolva says:

    Is George Clooney seriously putting himself on the level of JFK Jr.??? Please. I saw. JFK Jr in the flesh, was around him on several occasions through friends. Clooney who seems loud boastful and egomaniac will never be JFK Jr. (Who if anything was a modest man. )
    Advil is no Caroline Bessette, not even close.
    Advil looks awkward, in clothes, where Bessette looked stylish.
    Advil is not even that attractive, IMO.
    I’m already sick of these two. Last week the press was comparing her to Angelina.