“Huma has a choice to make.” New York Magazine’s cover story on Hillary Clinton reveals that she is considering a Presidential run in 2016, and that the biggest question among Clinton’s inner circle concerns Huma Abedin, former State Department deputy chief of staff and current “transition office” chief. Abedin began working for Clinton as an intern at age 20 in 1996.
After her husband Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal in 2011, he resigned from Congress and Abedin stepped down from her full-time job to take a consulting contract job in New York. But that wasn’t the end of Weiner’s sexting or Abedin’s career complications.
Then came a second episode of Weiner’s sexting this summer, blindsiding the Clintons, obliterating Weiner’s mayoral ambitions, and greatly complicating Abedin’s future with the Clintons. With Weiner’s ignominious loss and parting bird-flip, “Huma has a choice to make,” says a close associate of hers. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?”
Leaving the Clinton bubble is almost unimaginable for those who’ve grown up in it. According to a person familiar with the conversations, Abedin has struggled to reconcile her marriage to Weiner with her role as Clinton’s top aide, traumatized by the prospect of leaving her boss’s inner circle. [New York Magazine]
Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art. A brass Sakyamuni Buddha sculpture from the 12th century is one of 13 recently acquired masterworks of Nepalese and Tibetan art dating from the 11th to 17th century, on view at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art through Feburary 2. [artdaily.org]
North Carolina’s Vedic Gardens. A plant nursery in Morrisville, North Carolina, attracts South Asians with offerings such as jasmine, turmeric, Bodhi trees and Tulsi plants. Anil Gandhi’s business Vedic Gardens has customers calling and driving from out of state to buy the plants they remember from home. He believes his business is the only plant nursery in the country catering to South Asians. [WUNC]
Style Icon of the Week. Fashion designer Rachel Roy was recently called out for being impossibly chic and super-sweet and named “Glamour Style Icon of the Week.” She shares advice, inspirations and a memorable fashion regret in an interview post which includes photos of her red carpet looks. [Glamour]