Article Nov 23, 2016

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Amal Clooney: 'My mother is my greatest role model'

Amal Clooney has always admired her mother's ability to balance her career and her femininity.

The 38-year-old lawyer, and wife of Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, was the keynote speaker at the Texas Conference for Women on Tuesday (15Nov16) and took part in a Q&A session as part of the event.

Asked who she considers her greatest role model in life, Amal replied: "I think growing up my mother was definitely a role model, she was always a working woman and someone who is independent and cared about her career and cared about being independent but also had balance

"She never lost her femininity and she believed the balance was important and that is something that stuck with me."

Amal's mother Bariaa Miknass is a well-respected journalist, the foreign editor of newspaper al-Hayat and founder of public relations company International Communication Experts.

Lebanese-born Amal also cited associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as another role model, explaining: "When I was a junior lawyer she was incredible to watch in action in court, how she had so many cases in her head and firing questions at these lawyers standing before her. But then also on the personal side, (she) was just lovely and I was the most junior and irrelevant person in her chamber... and she was very charming and very balanced.”

The raven-haired beauty looked chic in a grey pinstripe dress as she took to the stage in front of an audience of notable names, and used her keynote speech to address women's rights around the world.

Using her 23-year-old client Nadia Murad, a former ISIS sex slave, as an example, Amal vowed to convince the United Nations Security Council to do more to prosecute ISIS when she addresses them next month (Dec16).

"As women, there is a bond that we all share. It’s a bond of shared experience," she continued. "Experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face. The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other. And this is something that we can practice everyday no matter where we are or what we do. Because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do."