Mrs Clooney: Kar­dashian or Kennedy?

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The new Kim Kar­dashian or the new Jackie Kennedy? That’s the de­bate rag­ing around George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Ala­mud­din.

One week after she tied the knot with one of Hol­ly­wood’s most de­sir­able ac­tors, ac­com­plished hu­man rights lawyer Ala­mud­din was vi­ciously lam­basted for her nup­tials in Venice.

“Amal has taken to her new-found fame like a duck to wa­ter, ra­di­at­ing ‘in love’ while she struts her stuff in sur­pris­ingly short cou­ture dresses,” Natalia Naish, the co-founder of the web­site that pro­pelled Ala­mud­din to fame wrote in a sear­ing cri­tique. “As the de­tails of their four-day wed­ding emerge – the caseloads of tequila, the nev­erend­ing pa­rade of Amal’s de­signer dresses, the boat­loads of grin­ning celebri­ties, and the $13 mil­lion (R147 mil­lion) price tag – it all be­gins to seem slightly un­seemly and in-your-face,” Naish writes.

“The prob­lem I have with the Clooney wed­ding was not the ex­ces­sive­ness per se, but the back-pat­ting smug­ness that has ac­com­pa­nied the courtship and cer­e­mony. Even though George and Amal ca­reened around George Clooney and Venice in speed­boats and sold their wed­ding Amal Ala­mud­din pho­tos to glossy mag­a­zines, they re­ceived none of the tut-tut­ting that was di­rected at Kim Kar­dashian [when she got mar­ried].” But other news out­lets were quick to spring to Ala­mud­din’s de­fence. Aus­tralian news and en­ter­tain­ment web­site dubbed her “so much bet­ter” than Jackie Kennedy (wife of for­mer US pres­i­dent John F Kennedy) or leg­endary ac­tress Au­drey Hep­burn.

They pointed out that Business Woman web­site had an­nounced the wed­ding as In­ter­na­tion­ally Ac­claimed Bar­ris­ter Amal Ala­mud­din Mar­ries an Ac­tor, thanks to Ala­mud­din’s stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion in hu­man rights law, flu­ency in English, French and Ara­bic, and ac­com­plished aca­demic ca­reer.

“The woman is a bril­liant lawyer, jaw-drop­pingly beau­ti­ful, per­spi­ca­cious, prin­ci­pled, pas­sion­ate about hu­man rights,” said writer Kathy Lette, who is mar­ried to Ala­mud­din’s col­league Ge­of­frey Robert­son. “Clooney is very, very lucky to have her.”

– Staff re­porter

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