One would like to think that Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) was inspiring people long before that dude from ER asked for her digits. She's a human rights lawyer. She campaigns to protect children living in war zones. She's helping the Greeks repatriate the Elgin Marbles. And, yes, she's got really, really great hair.
Now that she's officially Mrs. George Clooney, the barrister's achievements are getting even more attention. Clooney placed fourth in the Evening Standard's annual list of the 1,000 most influential Londoners, one of just three women making the top 10. Her ranking puts her ahead of Britain's home secretary, Theresa May (#6), Prince Harry (#7), Victoria Beckham (#9), and even Prime Minister David Cameron (#10).
The power list also includes significant figures like recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who came in at number 12. You'd think that surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban and inspiring the entire world would at least land you ahead of Posh Spice, but there you go.
Singer Kate Bush (#16) was the final woman in the top 20, while Stephen Hawking (#18) and Benedict Cumberbatch (#20) also made the cut.
So, yes, it all sounds fairly arbitrary, but it's hard to give Clooney flak for stealing the spotlight. Her husband might be nudging her toward fame, but we can't say she's not inspiring or badass.
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