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Chelsea Clinton Called New ‘JFK Jr.’

May 8, 2002

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LONDON (AP) _ It’s a long road from gawky adolescent to twenty-something sex symbol, but Vanity Fair magazine says Chelsea Clinton has made the transition.

The magazine pronounces the daughter of former President Bill Clinton ``the new J.F.K. Jr.,″ referring to the good-looking son of former President John F. Kennedy, killed when his private plane crashed in 1999.

In an article that exhaustively analyzes Chelsea Clinton’s time at Oxford University and her previous, more sheltered life in the White House and the Arkansas governor’s mansion, Vanity Fair says she’s recently grown more flamboyant and more comfortable with her public profile.

The change ``has done what no one would have thought possible years ago, when Chelsea was a girl with braces in billowing Laura Ashley dresses,″ the article says. ``Chelsea Clinton has become a sex symbol.″

The story appears in Vanity Fair’s June issue, which goes on sale Friday.

``Most presidents’ children, they sink like stones once their parent leaves office,″ Vanity Fair quotes presidential historian Gil Troy as saying. ``But this is a different age.″

Clinton reportedly had trouble adjusting to British life when she arrived last year, writing in Talk magazine that it was ``hard to be abroad″ after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and complaining of anti-Americanism.

Since then, she appears to have grown more comfortable, and often is photographed at hip London hangouts or with Hollywood celebrities. Her romance with American Rhodes scholar Ian Klaus is a favorite topic for tabloid newspapers.

The magazine suggested Clinton might be eyeing a future in public life. She declined to be interviewed for the story, and when asked during a photo shoot whether she had political aspirations, she said, ``I’m just trying to be a student.″

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