By all accounts, Huma Abedin, the wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York), has been unwittingly pushed into the spotlight following her husband's admission on Monday that he sent lewd photos to women he had met online.
Abedin, who's 35, was noticeably absent at the press conference when a tearful Weiner, 46, confessed to the inappropriate relationships but also said that he and his wife "have no intention of splitting up over this."
So just who is Huma Abedin?
Known as "Hillary Clinton's secret weapon," Abedin began working for the secretary of state as an intern in 1996, before the first lady herself became a focus of attention as a bystander in the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal.
Since then, the Michigan-born but Saudi Arabia-raised Abedin has ascended the ranks, with positions as a personal aide and advisor to then Senator Clinton as well as “traveling chief of staff” during her presidential campaign. She currently serves as a deputy chief of staff to Sec. Clinton. She was named this past fall to Time magazine's "40 Under 40" list of New Civic Leaders, where the profile referred to her as Hillary Clinton's "shadow."
Abedin, who speaks Arabic fluently (her father, who passed away in 1993, was of Indian descent and her mother, a professor in Saudi Arabia, is from Pakistan), is a practicing Muslim. Her husband, who's Jewish, has been known to fast with her during Ramadan.
In a 2007 New York Observer profile (it should be noted that Abedin declined to be interviewed for it) then Hillary Clinton press secretary Philippe Reines called Abedin "one in a million," but conceded "that would mean there are 5,999 others in the world just like her, and there simply aren’t."
“She is truly one of a kind, one in a billion. We are all in awe of her poise, grace, judgment, intellect and her seemingly endless reserve of kindness, patience and energy.”
Read more about Huma Abedin in this 2007 New York Observer profile.
Scroll through the slideshow below for pictures of Huma Abedin.
In this July 10, 2010, file photo provided by Marie Ternes, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., poses with his wife Huma Abedin, close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, for a formal wedding portrait at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y. Clinton hosted an engagement party for the couple at her Washington home, where she told guests she considered Abedin her second daughter. Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding in the gardens of the Long Island castle. (AP Photo/Barbara Kinney)
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington in this photo taken Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks with Huma Abedin, an aide in U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's cabinet, during a round table meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a NATO summit in Lisbon on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Democratic presidential hopeful US Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) talks with talks with Huma Abedin as she waits to speak at a rally at California State Los Angeles February 2, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) receives a note from her aide Huma Abedin (L) as she testifies about the State Department's FY2012 budget during a hearing of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton has recently warned that proposed budget cuts would have a negative effect on U.S. national security policy. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and aide Huma Abedin speak before Clinton chaired the Security Council Session on Women, Peace and Security during which the council voted on a resolution to address sexual violence in armed conflict September 30, 2009 at UN headquarters in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her traveling Chief of Staff Huma Abedin walk (L) to the airplane after a campaign rally at the airport hangar in Beaumont, Texas on March 3, 2008. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential hopeful New York Senator Hillary Clinton (R) walks from a television interview 07 January 2008 at the McConnell Center Gymnasium in Dover, New Hampshire, one day before the 08 January state primary. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff Huma M. Abedin (L) assists the Clinton with her speech notes shortly before taking the stage at a town hall question and answer session at the Pakistan National Council of Arts on July 19, 2010, in Islamabad. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady and New York Senate candidate Hillary Clinton (C) carries flowers and is led by an unidentified Andrews Air Force Base Protocol Officer (R) while her personal aide Huma Abedin carries a bag and a stack of New York newspapers 06 May 2000 after returning from New York to meet up with her husband, President Bill Clinton at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Correction: Abedin's age has been corrected. She is 35, not 34.