There’s no mention of her famous husband on the cover, however, which bills the brainy Brit as a “lawyer, activist, mother of twins, [and] free-speech crusader.”
Clooney, who wears a pink V-neck Alexander McQueen dress with a lace underlay and Cartier earrings for her Annie Leibovitz-shot cover, was photographed at home in Sonning, England. She lives with her Oscar-winning partner and twins Ella and Alexander, who will celebrate their first birthday this June.
In the Vogue piece, the 40-year-old lawyer, who is currently writing a book on international law in addition to teaching at Columbia, speaks extensively about her legal career and work with refugees. She also shares how doubt stifled her career ambitions.
“I remember all the stages in my career where I almost didn’t have enough confidence to try for something,” she tells the magazine, “almost didn’t have the guts to follow something I was excited about doing, because I didn’t know anyone else who’d done it or other people made me question it.”
Though her reputation now goes beyond legal circles, Clooney is quick to acknowledge that there’s more to her personality.
“I hate the idea that you somehow, as a human being, have to be put in a box,” she says. “There’s no reason why lawyers can’t be fun — or actresses can’t be serious.”
Take her flair for fashion, which her mother, journalist Baria Alamuddin, says was evident long before she became a Hollywood fixture.
“She would come and grab a series of shoes and bags and whatever,” Alamuddin says. “I’d say, ‘What are you doing?’ She’d give me this legal argument that went on and on.”
And then there’s her marriage, which Clooney calls the “most natural thing in the world.”
“Of course she was beautiful,” husband George says. “But I also thought she was fascinating, and I thought she was brilliant. Her life was incredibly exciting — the clients she was taking on and the superhuman work that she was doing. I was taken with her from the moment I saw her.”
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