Amal Clooney leaned into spring fashion during a rare red carpet appearance at the Prince’s Trust Awards in London today. The human rights lawyer arrived in a red floral strapless column gown with white heels and a white clutch. She wore a matching red lip and had her brown hair down in waves. Her dress complemented both the carpet and the step and repeat backdrop perfectly.
Amal spoke to Time earlier this year about why she chooses to defend women, children, and journalists in her work as a lawyer.
“I’m responding to what I see happening in the world,” she explained. “A world where the guilty are free, and the innocent are imprisoned—where the human-rights abusers are free, and those who report on the abuses are locked up. As a lawyer, I can do something about that. Or I can at least try. So my work is focused on trying to help liberate victims and prosecute perpetrators—and by extension, our foundation’s work is trying to really do that at scale and globally. When I choose a case, I think carefully about the ripple effect….So I do think about which cases are going to have the greatest impact—not only for that individual but for others who are vulnerable as well.”
She also addressed her marriage to George Clooney and the limited attention she gets for her advocacy work in the press and on social media.
“Marriage has been wonderful,” she began. “I have in my husband a partner who is incredibly inspirational and supportive, and we have a home filled with love and laughter. It is a joy beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I feel so lucky to have found a great love in my life, and to be a mother—this is how I get my balance.”
She added: “In terms of an increased public profile, I think all I can do is try to turn the spotlight to what is important,” she continued. “That can definitely benefit some clients. If I am at a work function and reporting of it focuses on irrelevant issues, there’s not much I can do about that. Since I can’t control it, my approach is just not to dwell on it and just get on with my work and my life and hope that attitudes will catch up. And I do actually feel like there is a female solidarity that has built up on these issues where other women will sort of call that out in a way that maybe wouldn’t have happened five or 10 years ago. So attitudes are changing.”
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