NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Huma Abedin is one of the most recognizable behind-the-scenes women in the world, but rarely do we ever hear from her.
But in a new interview in the latest issue of Vogue magazine, Abedin – right-hand woman to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton – opened up about her life.
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, Abedin is the vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, something of a fashion plate, and the wife of scandal-plagued former U.S. Rep. and New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner.
It would seem like Abedin would have a lot to talk about, and yet she has always remained mum about herself. But in the Vogue article by Nathan Heller, Abedin talked about her husband and how she was able to stay with him through is sexting scandals.
For the Vogue feature, the seemingly poised and impeccably dressed Abedin was photographed by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz at Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn.
“I have often thought that if I weren’t in politics I would work in fashion,” Abedin was quoted.
Known for her style, Abedin is probably better known as Clinton’s longtime aide, and perhaps even more headline-grabbing as Weiner’s wife.
Back in 2013, Abedin spoke out about her husband during his mayoral campaign, as they battled his sexting scandals. The documentary “Weiner” shows a rare look at the seemingly shy behind-the-scenes woman during her husband’s failed campaign.
Addressed in the documentary was Abedin’s role in getting Weiner to run for mayor. Weiner told the filmmakers that his wife wanted him to mount a political comeback because “she was very eager to get her life back that I had taken from her,” the Times reported.
Weiner also advised Abedin to “‘act like a normal campaign candidate’s wife’” and say, “’Anthony is doing an amazing job,’” the newspaper reported.
Abedin told Vogue she has not seen the film. She said, “I can’t remember the last time I walked into a movie theater.”
Abedin did say in the Vogue article that what she found inspiring about Weiner was his dedication and passion. But during their first meeting, she recalled they both remembered that “I ordered tea, and then left to use the ladies’ room, and then never came back.”
As for Weiner’s scandals, Abedin said she focused on work and relied on her Muslim faith as well as friends and colleagues – and her son, Jordan.
“Jordan was the best thing that happened to either of us,” she said in the article. “Our primary concern was the well-being of our son, and ensuring he had everything he needed to feel loved and cared for and to thrive.”
Abedin also spoke of motherly guilt that she experienced during her long work days – crediting her husband and also a nanny.
As to her own political future, Abedin said she does not have any ambition to be the boss.