Chelsea Clinton in September Issue of Vogue

VOGUE/Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, VOGUE/Mario Testino

Vogue Magazine has a 9 page interview with Chelsea Clinton in its September issue, which will be on the newsstands August 21. But you can read it now here. A slideshow of images is here. [More...]

The intro:

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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    I really enjoyed reading the article and (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by oculus on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 07:31:51 PM EST
    looking at the photos.  Thank you.

    P.S.  I accosted Samuel Popkin, author of "The Candidate" after a concert Sunday afternoon, and told him that, after reading his book, I was finally putting to rest my mourning over the demise of Hillary Clinton's attempt to become the Democratic nominee in 2008. He patted me on the shoulder, and remained adamant she started the campaign convinced she was the inevitable nominee.  But he also sd. he strongly supported her candidacy.  

    Rush Limbaugh (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by J Upchurch on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 11:34:15 PM EST
    I was watching Rush Limbaugh's Television show back in the nineties, when he started into some bit about  how ugly Chelsea Clinton was. I was offended and never watched the show again. Minor children are off limits and calling a teenage girl ugly was way over the line.

    you're talking about rush limbaugh, the (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by cpinva on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:11:18 AM EST
    "entertainer", so it was all in "good fun". sheesh, you "people" just can't take a joke. mr. limbaugh is a sad fat man, with a dying demographic of other sad men as his audience. he's currently working on what, wife #4? certainly a prime example of those republican "family" values. ever notice how few people, aside from fawning republican politicians, go out of their way to be seen in public with him? the others that do, are generally members of his audience, that he wouldn't be caught dead with in public.

    young ms. clinton has, in her brief time, already accomplished more (she graduated from college) than limbaugh will in his entire existence on the planet. from what i've seen/read/heard, regardless of what you think of the clinton parental units, they did an excellent job of raising their daughter and, unlike other politicians, never used her gratuitously for their political purposes. for all that, they are to be commended. they set a good example for others to follow, regardless of your political persuasion.


    Any torch-carrying will take... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by EL seattle on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:06:41 AM EST
    ... several forms over time, I'm sure. But if Chelsea takes on that task, even if there are a few a few heritage misfires over the years it should all be worth it.

    Interestingly, another daughter has recently taken on the task of sorting through her father's archive(s) and is in the process of releasing the material to the public. Right now, she's started a blog called "Discovering Dad". Her name is Holly Gilliam.

    I'd expect that there's a fair amount of material in the Clinton family archives that will be as interestiang as the material that Holly Gilliam is finding.  Only with more detailed/wonky political stuff and less funny/surreal illustrations.

    Heh (none / 0) (#1)
    by bmaz on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:27:14 PM EST
    Those are the constricts of Vogue?  Wow. Not sure they are binding under fair use, but what the heck.

    I am kind of sick about the level of rank nepotism in political and press culture in this country.  That said, neither parental Clinton has ever been afraid to go put the hard and long work in to get to where they have gone.  If Chelsea does the same, and I have no doubt she will, then more power to her and it is commendable.  

    Please, tell me how she could EVER be worse than Evan Bayh.

    We don't know her (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:37:59 PM EST
    And I have no reason to think she's an extraordinarily revealing person, so I have to take this interview like I take all of them -- it's surface oriented PR.  And what the hell is normal anyway?  And everything about her father's legacy is in Chelsea's hands? Sorry, but that's just rubbish. Her father is responsible for his own legacy through his actions and inactions.  All she can hope to do is say nice things and keep the public from seeing certain personal things she has the ability to keep private.  This notion of carrying the torch for some political dynasty, you can keep it.

    Look, they're nice people, polished politicians who seem decent, but the Clintons are also a big part of the political/corporatist problem facing this country.  Bill's administration, surplus at the end or no, help enact some terrible things that we are reaping the sh*t from today.  The Clintons are DNC establishment folks at heart, I just don't relate.  I'd rather a novelist or artist or someone with a genuine imagination lead this country and get the press.  For once.  But those creative souls lead other nations, we get the dregs we get.

    But I'm not in a good mood today, so maybe it's just me.  Ahem.

    His legacy isn't just his reputation (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sj on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 11:01:45 PM EST
    and his personal influence for good or ill.  His legacy includes the far-reaching William J. Clinton foundation.  That's no rubbish.

    C'mon JB, (none / 0) (#11)
    by NYShooter on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 06:50:11 PM EST
    We often disagree, but, hopefully, not on this:

    A troll is a troll, and answering a troll intelligently is as productive as asking a politician to set aside partisanship and work for the good of the country.

    But, thanks for the brief Bio for Chelsea.......while I was impressed by her throughout her growing up years, I wasn't aware of all those accomplishments.

    the comment was deleted (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 05:30:18 PM EST
    and I'm banning the commenter

    I don't know if I'm reading this right (none / 0) (#13)
    by sj on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 09:19:38 PM EST
    and that the correct commenter was banned (if said banning was based on this thread).  But I remember what was posted here.  A commenter who rarely comments posted a hostile and rather ignorant diatribe deriding Chelsea Clinton.  jb responded with a list of CC's many accomplishments ending with a bit of snark echoing the original hostility to show how out of line it was.  And it was really, really out of line.

    I hope the right commenter was banned.