Amal Clooney, Renee Zellweger and the best responses to those endless, anodyne questions about fashion and aestheticism

Great responses from women, at events to promote their jobs, to those fashion and beauty queries that the men don't seem to receive

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Amal Clooney happens to be married to an extremely famous man.

She also happens to be a woman.

As such, after being thrust in front of the media spotlight for said relationship with said man, she now has her looks routinely scrutinised while she casually carries on being one of the world’s top human rights lawyers.

Her witty and withering response to one reporter’s question about her fashion choices as she appeared in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg earlier this week was priceless.

“I'm wearing Ede & Ravenscroft,” she said.


She was there to represent Armenia in their case against Doğu Perinçek, the leader of the Turkish Workers’ Party. For a little background, Perinçek was convicted of denying the 1915 Armenian genocide in 2007 and Clooney is arguing on an appeal before the ECHR, which ruled in favour of the man, Dogu Perincek, in December 2013.

Here are some more great responses from women, at events to promote their jobs, to those endless, sexist questions about their aesthetics.

Cate Blanchett: ‘I’m sorry, do you do this to the guys?’

Where was Leonardo DiCaprio’s full-length, outfit-spanning shot at the Screen Actor's Guild awards?

The Blue Jasmine star, who won multiple Best Actress honours last season, found herself the victim of one particularly objectifying sweeping camera shot at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, that aimed to capture her outfit from the hem of her Givenchy gown to the tip of her side-swept hairstyle.

It didn’t sit well with her, evidently. Watch her response below.

Elisabeth Moss flips E! ‘mani-cam’ the bird. Twice.

Come to think of it, where was Bradley Cooper’s turn in the E! News ‘mani-cam’?

The Top of the Lake award-winner was less than impressed by her turn on the ‘nail red carpet’, set aside for female guests  at the Screen Actors Guild last year.

So she did this live on air. Much to host Giuliana Rancic’s panic.

Biracial African-American and Jewish actress Rashida Jones is asked about her ‘tropical tan’

Turns out, the red carpet presenters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year really hadn’t learned much from last year’s gender discriminatory gaffes.

“You look amazing — gorgeous!” Danielle Demski told Rashida Jones on TNT. “You look like you've just come off an island or something. You're very tan, very tropical.”

“I mean, you know, I'm ethnic,” Rashida responds.

Cue an awkward pause and an equally awkward rebuttal in the video below:

Renee Zellweger had this to say on the seemingly endless subject of her face

Has she had surgery? Hasn’t she had surgery? Did she simply dare to age?

The actress’ appearance became a tabloid talking point after she attended the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday.

And her response to the lunacy was brilliant.

“I'm glad folks think I look different!” she told People.


“I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows.

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.

“For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion.”

“People don't know me [as] healthy for a while,” she concluded. “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy.”

And then of course, there’s Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway…

The ridiculous questions and subsequent put-downs just keep coming in this video montage, uploaded to YouTube by Upworthy recently.

“Why do you get the really interesting, existential questions and I get the, like, rabbit food question?” Scarlett Johansson, sitting next to Robert Downey Jr at an Avengers press conference, snaps back at one reporter.

“In what world is that ever an OK question to ask anybody?” a furious Zooey Deschanel similarly retorts.

Watch it below.