Huma Abedin, the Star Behind Hillary

Hillary Clinton 2016

Absolutely indispensable, clad in high fashion attire, wickedly brilliant, and breathtakingly beautiful–these are only a few phrases which describe Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s “body woman”, right hand assistant and shadow.

Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Indian and Pakistani parents. She grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and she speaks fluent Arabic. Abedin graduated from George Washington University and has an impressive list of accomplishments under her designer belt as the top aid of HRC. Take notes: Chances are you won’t ever get through to Hillary, unless you speak with Huma first.

Huma Abedin began working for the First Lady at the age of 19 as an intern at the White House. For more than 20 years, Hillary has depended on Huma during all hours of the day and night, for both personal and campaign assistance. From teaching Hillary via email how to properly use a fax machine to assisting the First Lady with tedious outfit choices during photo shoots, Huma has become an integral part of life at the White House and beyond.

Hillary Clinton 2016

Now, as presidential campaign vice chair, this powerful and irreplaceable Clinton aide has surprised many political observers, mainly due to assumptions that she would take her career in another direction to assist her husband, Anthony Weiner, with his recent congressional pursuits. However,  Abedin’s role in the 2016 presidential elections has become an increasingly integral part of the HRC campaign since she provides the sound judgment, eye opening perspective, and engrained institutional know-how that could not be reproduced.

Despite previous career-hiccups regarding conspiracy theories and ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as her husband’s sexting scandals, Abedin has remained fully committed to Clinton and looks forward to the coming elections.

Huma Abedin stated that Clinton is “the best person to be president in the country my son will grow up in…two thousand eight was my first presidential campaign and I was in the middle of the excitement on the road every day…Over the course of my time working for HRC, I’ve seen the world and had a lifetime’s worth of experiences. So when people ask me why I choose to continue working for her on this campaign, it’s because I am committed to her.

Want to see more of the Clinton 2016 Campaign’s rising star? Just steer your eyes a few steps away from Hillary, it’s practically impossible to miss her.



Note: This article was originally featured on Globalo

Whitney Buchanan

Whitney Buchanan

Middle East Collective Founder

Whitney Buchanan is an American analyst on Gender Issues and MENA Affairs, currently based between Cairo and Berlin. She is also the founder of the Middle East Collective.

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