Why Mrs Clooney is disappearing before our eyes: Amal and how scary-skinny is the new hallmark of success A year ago, no one outside illustrious legal circles knew the name Amal Alamuddin. Fewer still had an opinion about her clothes, figure, hair, handbag or shoes. An internationally renowned human rights lawyer at the top of her career, her performance in court and her fine brain were all she was judged on. Then she fell in love with an American film star called George Clooney. A year on from their whirlwind engagement and wedding, this clever and thoughtful woman has been swept along by a tsunami of celebrity fascination, culminating in her being granted the ultimate 'accolade' of being referred to in glossy magazines as simply 'Amal'. +16 October 24, 2013: A curvier-looking and still relatively unknown Amal out in London (left). March 19, 2014: Colourful trousers show off her still shapely figure in New York (right) It took Kylie, Beyonce and Posh decades to achieve that. She's continued working since becoming Mrs Clooney, representing Greece's fight for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain. But there's a sting in the tail. This week, Amal was on the cover of Grazia magazine under the headlines 'Amal Under Pressure?' and 'Sudden Fame Taking Its Toll . . . Struggling To Be Mrs Clooney'. It repeated earlier claims on U.S. website Radar Online that she weighed little over seven stone and was a 'walking skeleton'. U.S. Star magazine claimed there were 'fears for scary-skinny Amal' Like many clever, famous women, Amal has shrunk as the scrutiny of every outfit, every pair of shoes, every handbag has increased. She is not alone. Earlier this week, we saw a much reduced Emily Blunt on the red carpet in Cannes. She wasn't scary-skinny, but seems to be heading in that direction. Where has gone that full-figured woman who won our hearts in The Five-Year Engagement? Then there was talented singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Pictures at the beginning of her career show a healthy teenager. May 2: Amal's loose jeans merely highlight her diminishing frame (left). By last month, Amal was being called 'scary-skinny' (right) A decade later and she's as thin as a broomstick. She looks as though she's taken the straightening tongs not just to her hair but to her entire body. What is behind this determination to be thin? Having conquered the legal world, does Amal want to the first among women as well, an alpha female always in control? Or has becoming the bride of a sought-after bachelor made her insecure? Perhaps being model-thin is her way of saying: 'He's mine. I'm good enough for him. Hands off.' While most modern women will openly scoff at such a notion, an honest conversation with our inner selves may lead us to the uncomfortable conclusion that it is actually women who put other women under pressure to be thin. How often have we secretly (or meanly with a girlfriend) denigrated a woman's success by thinking we are somehow superior because we're slimmer? +16 April 3, 2015: The mini-dress reveals skinny pins (left). April 16: Stepping out in flares almost as wide as her slender waist during a shopping trip in New York (right) Let's not forget the way Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were pitched against each other, when they married into the Royal Family. The world sneered at the Duchess of Pork while gazing adoringly up at Diana, who by the time she wed Charles in 1981 had become scary-skinny. But perhaps Diana holds the key to Amal's startling weight loss. Maybe it's not power she's seeking, but instead is suffering from a sense of powerlessness. It can't be easy for any woman who goes from an unknown to being thrown into the spotlight by marrying one of the most famous men on earth.