Clinton. (Mario Testino/VOGUE)Chelsea Clinton has only been married to Marc Mezvinsky for two years, but already she's feeling the pressure to start a family. And, not surprisingly, she's feeling it the most from her mom, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. "It's certainly something that Marc and I talk a lot about," the 32-year-old tells Vogue in its September issue. "I always knew I was the center of my parents' lives when I was growing up. And I am determined that our children feel the same way. Marc and I are both working really hard right now, but I think in a couple of years, hopefully ... literally, God willing. And I hope my mom can wait that long."
But until then, Clinton has her hands extremely full with her career as a special correspondent for ABC News, as well as her work with her father's Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. And if that wasn't already enough, she also began teaching graduate classes at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health this year. But there's still one thing that Clinton may want to do next: follow in her parents' political footsteps. Although she previously shunned that life, seeing her mother working alongside President Barack Obama has changed her outlook.
"Before my mom's campaign, I would have said no," admits Clinton, who is one year older than her father Bill Clinton when he became governor of Arkansas. "Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life. I believe that there are many ways for each of us to play our part. For a very long time that's what my mom did. And then she went into elected public life. Her life is a testament to the principle that there are many ways to serve … if there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn't think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more equitable, more productive world? Then that would be a question I'd have to ask and answer."
It has already been a question she's been hearing for years — as far back as when she was just a young child. Clinton tells the magazine that during her father's 1984 gubernatorial campaign, all she kept being asked was, "Do you want to grow up and be governor one day?" she remembers, adding, "No. I am four."
All the attention that came from being the daughter of a governor, and then a president, and now the Secretary of State has affected Clinton, but all these years later, she can handle it much better. "Historically, I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye," she says. "And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life … Having thick skin is an important quality for anyone who wants to do something in the world, and thankfully that's something I had to develop early on."
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