Chelsea Clinton in September Issue of Vogue
VOGUE/Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, VOGUE/Mario Testino
With her father's magnetism and her mother's discipline, Chelsea Clinton is finally embracing her political birthright. In Vogue’s exclusive interview, Jonathan Van Meter discovers a young woman ready to change the world.
I like her response to a question people being surprised how "normal" she is, although I wonder about the phrase "extraordinarily extraordinary":
“The word normal . . .I don’t know. I’ve always been aware of both how extraordinarily normal and how extraordinarily extraordinary my life has been. It’s always been important, first to my parents when I was younger, and now very much to me, to live in the world. I would never want to live in a cloister. It’s important to me to walk down the street and hear what people are talking about or go for a run on the West Side Highway. Marc and I go to a movie every Sunday. We ride the subway. It’s one of the great gifts of New York City. Why would I want to miss that?”
The interview spanned planes, trains and automobiles, and even public restrooms, over the course of weeks. The reporter was embedded with her.
One more quote (to stay under Vogue's 100 word copying limit): From Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, talking about Chelsea's work with Bill Clinton's foundation.
“I think a light switched on: This is the legacy I’m going to inherit. To say it is an incredible one is an understatement. She now knows that in 20, 30 years, everything about her father’s legacy is in her hands. It’s going to be Chelsea’s responsibility to carry that torch. This is the core of what her grandmother encouraged her to do: embrace her inheritance.”
I'm a big fan of almost everything Clinton, and that includes Chelsea and Hillary's late mom, who I briefly talked to in Iowa as we were all at the same hotel during the caucuses. I'm glad Chelsea's going to embrace her heritage in a public way. I have no doubt she'll be a success -- and a great role model for others.
And just because I couldn't get it out of my head, while reading all the instructions from Vogue in the email they sent me about what I could and could not publish, and how to atrribute everything:
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