The epitome of class Amal Clooney made headlines in 2013 when the press captured her with ’80s American heartthrob George Clooney during their first date in London. With a remarkable background as a lawyer, activist, and philanthropist, the British-Lebanese humanitarian was a breath of fresh air. Born in Beirut, Amal’s parents Ramzi Alamuddin and journalist Baria had not one, but two daughters Amal and Tala Alamuddin. A devoted sister, Tala is always seen supporting Amal, especially during the latter’s wedding to George Clooney. Scroll down to know more about Amal’s sister Tala Alamuddin.
Tala Alamuddin was born in 1980 in Beirut, two years after Amal, and moved to Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire with her family during the Lebanese civil war the year she was born.
Like her academic sister, Tala pursued her education at Richmond, The American International University in London and graduated in 1995. Keeping up with her fashionable sister, Tala has been spotted in great style from high-heeled snakeskin boots to fringed bags. The designer and entrepreneur, Tala Alamuddin started her fashion label Totally Tala in 2017. Prior to launching her fashion label, Tala reportedly worked as an events manager in New York.
After marrying businessman Nagi Haniyeh, Tala moved to Singapore making a permanent residence. After divorcing her husband in 2016, the mother of four married Italian businessman Nico Le Tallec.
Her first child, born in 2002, Mia Hamiya was the flower girl at Amal and George’s wedding in 2014. The 13-year-old was tasked to help carry her aunt’s bridal gown train as she walked down the aisle. Twins Jad and Sari Hamiyeh were born in 2007, and she also has one more child whose name and date of birth are elusive.
Daring colours, statement earrings, leopard prints and more, the fashion line Totally Tala based in Singapore is created for those who aren’t afraid to take risks in the name of fashion. The brand’s boldness is reflected in its original designs that don’t follow trends following Tala’s own fashion preferences.
Like her remarkable mother Baria and sister Amal, Tala is also a passionate humanitarian. As part of the Karama annual International Women’s Day held at the UN headquarters in New York City on 8th March, Tala attended the 67th session of the commission on the status of women where she gave an empowering speech.
“In the world today, whether it’s dictators, extremists, or leaders who crave control, they always start by crushing and disempowering the women – because once women are crushed society is crushed,” stated Tala to the attendees including UN world leaders such as Dr Sima Bahous, the Executive Director of UN Women and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, international women’s rights activists and high-profile individuals from across the Middle East and Africa. Led by Hibaaq Osman, the session intends to celebrate, empower and encourage women to increase their awareness and activism.
Tala takes her passion and conviction a step further by using her platforms and voice to further her goal of aiding women in living the lives they wish free from the constraints of restricting cultural stereotypes and self-beliefs. “My dream is that all women are able to live the life they desire, without the boundaries of cultural stereotypes and self-limiting beliefs, and with access to the resources, opportunities and means to embrace confidence and be the very best they can be,” Tala shared.