Amal Clooney gave a rousing speech on Thursday calling on the Iraqi government and U.N. member states to back an investigation into the crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq. Yet it wasn’t her powerful speech on one the world’s most urgent humanitarian issues that captivated the attention of the tabloid press. It was her dress that got all the headlines. And her barely visible baby bump, which, lest we forget, reminds us that she is married to a certain famous actor.
According to a number of headlines, the speech was however a mere side note (in those stories that even mentioned it) to what was Clooney’s certain fashion victory in a daffodil-yellow dress and matching coat.
A sample of said headlines include the Mirror’s: “Amal Clooney is a vision in yellow as she shows off hint of baby bump in chic dress”; Entertainment Tonight’s “Amal Clooney Stuns in Yellow While Delivering Passionate Speech at the United Nations”; and Hollywood Life’s “Amal Clooney Puts Her Growing Baby Bump on Display In Chic Yellow Dress for U.N. Speech.”
Readers would be forgiven for thinking these headlines referred to a staged photoshoot of Clooney delightedly “flaunting” her new bump, rather than to her stepping into the U.N. headquarters to implore the world not to let ISIS “get away with genocide.” And it wasn’t just the tabloid press that focused on Clooney’s appearance over her speech. An article by The Associated Press described her as “the wife of actor George Clooney” in line two.
A barrister for Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Oxford University graduate has represented a litany of high profile clients including Julian Assange in extradition proceedings in Britain and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko before the European Court of Human Rights. Clooney has also worked as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan while he was the U.N.’s envoy to Syria, and she’s represented Nadia Murad, the young Yazidi woman who escaped sex enslavement by ISIS in Iraq, and other women victimized by the extremist terror group.
But it is the dress that matters after all, isn’t it?
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