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A Photographic History of Rooney Mara’s Weird Red-Carpet Hand Clasping

 Rooney Mara attends the premiere after party for
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Most starlets strike the same pose: hand on hip, shoulders back, one leg slightly behind the other. It’s the standard for a reason — it’s flattering, and it takes some of the inherent artificiality out of the whole red-carpet hoopla. But Rooney Mara has a different go-to pose. Hers seems to emphasize frailty, with her hands delicately clasped in front of her, holding one or two fingers and sort of awkwardly hanging a little below her waist. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it is distinctive. In fact, she’s been doing it for as long as she’s been walking red carpets, even before The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Journey back with us for a history of Rooney Mara’s Weird Red-Carpet Hand Clasping.

Rooney Mara’s Clasped Hands on the Red Carpet