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Huma Abedin: Hillary's Beautiful Enigmatic Body Person
Michelle Cottle of New York Mag called Huma Abedin "Hillary's beautiful enigmatic 'body person'". Boy, did she nail it. Huma definitely catches attention, yet for quite some time it was a mystery to many of us who she was.
Well, I remember the first time I saw her. During the primaries for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2008 campaign, I kept seeing this rather elegant woman, whose face displayed a classic exquisite beauty, and who had the frame and poise of a model. I was immediately struck, the big beautiful South Asian eyes, the delicate shape of her face, the dark hair and lovely olive-toned complexion.
Who was she? And what was she doing?
Well, she is Huma Abedin, and back when I saw her during the 2008 Presidential primaries race, she was Hilary Clinton's personal aide. Her beauty might have struck me strongly, but no doubt about it, she was taking care of business.
Who is Huma Abedin?
Huma Abedin's parents were originally from South Asia, her father from India and her mother from Pakistan, both of whom were teachers with PhDs. She was born here in the US, in Michigan, but spent significant time in Saudi Arabia since she was a small child. Huma returned to the US at the age of 18 and earned her Bachelor's degree from George Washington University.
I suppose for this reason, some political antagonists, with their racist undercurrents, like to characterize her in a derogatory way because of her life in the Middle East. They like to claim she is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Essentially, they take advantage of her skin tone and ethnic background and where she at one time lived. Tricky politics.
At any rate, it was during her college life that she was first introduced to politics. In a major way.
Did you know Huma Abedin has worked for Hilary Clinton since 1996?
Huma Abedin and The Clintons
While attending University, Ms. Abedin became an intern at the White House when Bill Clinton was in office, back in 1996. She became personal assistant to Hilary Clinton back then.
She developed a good relationship with the Clintons and continued to work with Ms. Clinton for some time and became leader of Hilary's transition team, helping her make the adjustment from White House to life outside the White House after leaving her post as Secretary of State. As I'd stated, she worked for Hilary during the Presidential Primary race, as her chief of staff. She also works for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation (now, The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation), an organization dedicated to helping people around the world "meet the challenges of global interdependence", working in the areas of health, peace, leadership and citizenship. The Cosmopolitan Huma Abedin is a perfect fit for such a foundation.
Hilary Clinton says that Ms. Abedin has become like her second daughter, such a close relationship the two have developed over the years.
There has been talk that Wintour would like a position as ambassador if Ms. Clinton should run and win a Presidential race in the future.
Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton, Vogue and Anna Wintour
Ms. Abedin, with her elegance and beauty, did a photo-shoot with Vogue magazine, spotlighted as a powerful and influential woman in politics. The feature truly captured her grace and charm.
The Clintons have a strong and long-lasting relationship with Vogue magazine, they are friends with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Huma maintains a relationship with the Editor-in-Chief too, catching headlines for lunching with the famous magazine boss. And Hilary could be seen recently with Ms. Wintour at an exhibit dedicated to fashion giant Oscar de la Renta. There has been talk that Wintour would like a position as ambassador if Ms. Clinton should run and win a Presidential race in the future. Ms. Wintour has been a generous contributor to Hilary's campaigns in the past.
Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton, Vogue and Anthony Weiner
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner
In 2010, Huma married then-Congressman and later-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. In 2011, Weiner's career was rocked when it was discovered that he had sent inappropriate Twitter pics to "another woman". Politics truly does get tricky.
Huma remained strong through the whole ordeal, having her life shaken and exposed, something she is not fond of even slightly, being a very private person. After all, she's been important and busy primarily behind the scenes. Having married a prominent politician unfortunately thrust her into the spotlight.
And it doesn't help she'd been attacked on various sides, notably being attacked by the ever-not-sane Michele Bachmann, the prime proponent of exploiting Ms. Abedin's ethnic and religious background by accusing her of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamic movement that's strong in the Middle East and Egypt. It seems so strange that the Radical Right in the US has chosen to target a young woman who simply has worked her way up and has worked in the background for a prominent political family. And it is unfortunate they exploit her ethnic background and religious practice.
Even so, Ms. Abedin remains a strong force in politics, supportive of her husband and also her long-time friend Hilary Clinton.
Huma Abedin is multicultural, multilingual, truly cosmopolitan and elegant, and has paid her dues from working in the background at the White House to dealing with the struggles of political life and political prominence. She's well-educated, experienced and perfect in her role as ambassador to an increasingly connected world in which relations between all peoples are vital to a safe and healthy existence. Rather than the cynical views of the Bachmanns of this world who exacerbate division in the world with their emphasis on differences, we should see that Huma Abedin should be celebrated as the true representative of the global spirit, the Cosmopolitan feeling of a new humanity in which we are more in communication and contact with each other and more in need of understanding and diversity.