Monica Lewinsky felt she had ‘an authentic connection’ with Bill Clinton


Yesterday, I covered the first excerpts from Monica Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair essay in the June issue. I actually enjoyed all of the conspiracies that flourished in that post, and it seems like the conspiracies are flourishing on cable news as well, which is pretty typical with all thing Clinton or Clinton-adjacent. The thing is, Monica hasn’t been Clinton-adjacent in more than fifteen years. And yet it’s what defines her. So, again, poor Monica. Anyway, VF released the full Mark Seliger photoshoot and complete essay to iPad users, etc, so we have more excerpts from the essay (on newsstands May 13th). Here you go:

Monica’s mixed feelings about Hillary Clinton’s second presidential run: “When I hear of Hillary’s prospective candidacy, I cannot help but fear the next wave of paparazzi…Like many Americans, I’ve been thinking about Hillary Clinton. What might happen, I’ve wondered, if she does run in 2016. And what if she wins — and then wins a second term? But when I think about these matters, there’s a dimension at play for me other than just the fact that we might finally have a women in the White House.”

Where is she now? In addition to “paparazzi,” Lewinsky also is wary of “the next wave of ‘where is she now?’ stories, the next reference to me in Fox News coverage of the primaries. I’ve begun to find it debilitating to plot out the cycle of my life based, to some degree, on the political calendar. For me, it’s a scenario in which the personal and political are impossible to separate.”

Gun-shy: “And recently I’ve found myself gun-shy yet again, fearful of ‘becoming an issue’ should she decide to ramp up her campaign. But should I put my life on hold for another 8 to 10 years?” Lewinsky asked. But she added that it was time to stop “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”

Being called a “narcissistic loony toon” by Hillary: “If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky… Yes, I get it. Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling.” She continued, “Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him. Although she regarded Bill as having engaged in ‘gross inappropriate behavior,’ the affair was, nonetheless, ‘consensual (was not a power relationship).’”

Looking back: “I look back now, shake my head in disbelief, and wonder: what was I — what were we — thinking? I would give anything to go back and rewind the tape.”

The affair: “At the time — at least from my point of view — it was an authentic connection, with emotional intimacy, frequent visits, plans made, phone calls and gifts exchanged. In my early 20s, I was too young to understand the real life consequences. Unlike the other parties involved, I was so young that I had no established identity to which I could return. If you haven’t figured out how you are, it’s hard not to accept the horrible image of you created by others,” she observes. And also one of frustration “I remained ‘stuck’ for far too many years.”

[From CNN]

I take Monica at her word about wanting a mulligan on the whole affair AND her belief that she shared a real connection with Bill Clinton. That’s what came across in the Starr Report as well – Monica believed Bill was her boyfriend. And when Bill tossed her aside, she didn’t know what to do.

She also confirms “Yes. I date!” – which, again, must be awkward. Can you imagine a dude bringing Monica Lewinsky home to meet his family? Monica also tells a story about applying for a job in 2008, when Hillary was running for president, and being told “There is a 25 percent chance that Mrs. Clinton will be the next president. We would first need a Letter of Indemnification from the Clintons.” WTF?

PS… Monica still has the prettiest hair. Her hair is amazing.



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  1. Peanut says:

    At first glance I thought the header pic was old school Jennifer Aniston. Weird.

  2. Lori says:

    I think she is beautiful. Such a shame how her life was ruined by this whole thing. And Bill did walk away from it dignity intact.

    • MrsB says:

      Unfortunately, that’s the norm though. Women almost always get the brunt of blame in affairs, while men don’t seem to have any long term consequences that affect their reputation. It’s not fair, but I don’t see it changing soon.

      • HappyMom says:

        I think it had to do more with her age and immaturity though. Also,he had power and purpose. What did she have? Which is I guess what she’s saying-she had nothing to go back to.

      • Side-Eye says:

        “Walked away from it”? The man was impeached! TThat’s kind of a big deal. ..

    • Caz says:

      Monica was treated very badly by the press at the time. Bill Clinton lost his presidency and is a laughing stock. What is he remembered for..”I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. He’s a bare-faced liar who used his position to get out of it and lost.

      Can’t say anything bad about Monica…wish her well.

      • Tammy White says:

        He didn’t lose his presidency nor was he impeached. He finished out his 2nd term.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        @Tammy White Clinton was definitely impeached. Impeached by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted during the impeachment trial held by the Senate and he also refused to resign. That’s why he stayed in office.

  3. GeeMoney says:

    The press and the media coverage of the whole Lewinsky scandal in the 90′s and up through today has ruined Monica’s life on some level, and I feel sorry for her in that regard. Not saying that she shouldn’t be maligned for sleeping with a married man, but how many other woman out there have slept with married men when they were young but weren’t publicly branded with a scarlet letter? Interestingly enough, nowadays, you can get book deals and INSANE amounts of “positive” press coverage for being someone’s mistress (e.g., everyone who’s slept with Tiger Woods or Jesse James). It’s crazy. She would have probably been better off with this stuff happening in the new millennium than over 15 years ago.

    With that said… I hope that she was able to piece her life back together anyway that she could, and move on. I wish her well.

    • Bridget says:

      @geemoney: she did a book with Andrew Morton. She didn’t live in the same era as the tabloid notoriety today’s individuals may get, but she still got some of the same ‘opportunities’.

      More than anything, I feel exasperated with Monica Lewinsky. I agree with many posters that she didn’t deserve the lion’s share of the condemnation that she received, but its frustrating because she demonstrated such bad judgement. Its like a 19 year old taking a naked selfie and sending it out to someone, only to have it circulated to everyone they know. It’s terrible and humiliating, but it was also a consequence of a decision that they as an adult made, that others could have easily seen coming. Obviously Ms. Lewinsky’s situation is amplified by 1,000 (and no one could have predicted the Starr Report) but I’m fairly certain even her peers could have told her that messing around with the President in the Oval Office was never going to end well.

      Ultimately, I wish Ms. Lewinsky could have taken a more powerful stance to reclaim her own image. The Starr report was so salacious, but sex and sexuality itself is nothing to be ashamed of. I just wish her tone was less conciliatory, more “everyone has sex. No big deal”.

  4. Lizzie says:

    She looks fantastic. Especially in the shot with the white shirt and the mirror. Hair and boobs looking GREAT!

  5. nicegirl says:

    Yes, her hair is GORGEOUS.

  6. aims says:

    Am i the only one who feels her timing is a little suspect? Hillary is a very real candidate in 2016 and now this. It seems odd.

    • Lori says:

      I think if she didn’t come forward herself, then someone would have come looking for her (Probably FOX news) and at least this way she has some control over the narrative.

    • kcarp says:

      she is recycled about every 2-4 years there is nothing suspect about 2016. Do you honestly think people will be talking about a VF article in 2 years? If anything Hillary should be glad this old story is getting some play it puts her in a sympathetic light.

      • Justme says:

        If this was considered to be damaging to Hillary in 2016, then Vanity Fair (of all publications!) would not have published it. Vanity Fair would never try to help a Republican candidate. What this will accomplish is to get it out in the open and then if anyone brings it up in 2016, you will hear “oh that’s old news – it was all covered completely back in 2014. We must move on etc.”

        And being the wronged wife was helpful in Hillary’s career.

    • Tessy says:

      Probably this is brought up to have it be old news before the electioneering starts in earnest. The specter of Hillary and Jeb Bush running against each other in 2016 makes me cringe. America may as well elect a royal family and be done with it.

  7. bowers says:

    She was just a young woman, and of course she’d think that. And she looks great, and I hope she finds happiness.

  8. Diana says:

    I have nothing but support for this woman. I believe she is strong and resilient enough to heal… She just needs to forgive and move on. Who cannot relate to making bad decisions?? It’s up to her rise above the controversy and decide her happy ending for herself. I know she is capable of this and only wish the best for her!! She should pursue some humanitarian work and help others less fortunate. I think she has a good heart and her energy would be best served helping others…

  9. All I know is that if I was her, and had been caught sleeping with (excuse me, ‘sexual relations’) a married politician, let along the president, I would not be giving interviews about how I thought we were in lurve. I would feel so stupid, ultimately, and would, at least, try and play it like I was a gangster who wanted sex and that was it. Ugh. I feel bad for her. I don’t think she should be giving interviews, if she wants it to be let go. I would’ve changed my name or something…

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      With you here. I think I would have tried to move out of the country, say London? Also, lovely hair, but hello, style stuck in the 90s. And yes, I do feel bad for her.

    • minime says:

      yes..she could start by at least change her hair style and so..She looks stuck in those years, and specially to that image of the president’s intern. I find it a bit disturbing and I think this really doesn’t look like a healthy behaviour. I also agree that all the talking and photoshot in the sofa won’t help her cause.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Her face was shown all over the world. I studied abroad in another country while this happening and it was in the news there. I don’t think changing her name would have helped. And I think she did live in London for awhile. If l remember correctly, she got a degree from the London School of Economics. Still, didn’t help. I do think she looks fantastic (she definitely doesn’t look 40 to me) and I wish her the very best.

  10. Diana says:

    She looks beautiful. I too did some really, really dumb stuff when I was younger that I greatly, greatly regret now (and one of them was an affair with a married man). I would do anything to take some of that stuff back…but you can’t go back. You can only learn from the past, move forward and make a commitment not to repeat your mistakes.

    Good luck to her.

    • Tessy says:

      Me too, but I got called on it by his wife before we slept together, thank g*d. That was one of the most humiliating and humbling experiences of my life and I can’t imagine having to go through it publicly, for decades like Monica. I hope she can find herself a normal life, she’s paid her dues.

  11. kcarp says:

    She looks great! I think she looks so good because she was never rail thin, you know. Now that I have a little more meat on my bones than I did I look younger in the face. Something about a little bit more padding smoothes out the wrinkles.

    At the time I remember thinking what a whore. Now that I am in my mid 30′s I think of being in my early 20′s and I didn’t have a clue about life. You really do not think about how dumb things you do are going to translate into the rest of your life. I think it is true for some criminals as well. I am not saying that if you do something horrible you don’t deserve to be punished. I can see a life sentence for murder not a life sentence for a BJ.

  12. PunkyMomma says:

    I wish her the best. Yes, she did the dirt with Bill, she says it’s consensual and I believe her. But I remember being her age and if the current Leader of the Free World gave me “the look”, I’d be right there. I hold Clinton with the major blame here. He’s now revered (BTW, I like him very much, horn dog that he is) but it was an abuse of power, plain and simple. Monica is always going to have to deal with this scandal as her public identity. Him, not so much -it’s become a small chapter in his life. Sad.

  13. bettyrose says:

    Okay, she’s starting to cross a line here. As I’ve said on other posts, I don’t hate on her for doing something I might’ve done if given the chance at her age (c’mon folks he was dreamy and the most powerful man on earth). But she was never his “mistress” and she has no right to even speak Hillary’s name. I’ve always believed the Clintons had an “agreement,” but Bill failed on his end by hooking up with silly little girls rather than discrete women. Monica was just one of many and the only reason Hillary gives her any more than a passing thought is that Monica’s name became a media meme (yeah, I know meme wasn’t a thing back then but the term fits).

    Monica, sweetie, you are no Hillary Clinton. I have plenty of issues with Hillary – dropping her maiden name for political convenience, riding her husband’s career despite her own potential, repeatedly using the “scorned wife” routine when clearly she could have walked at any time – bu Hillary is still one of the most politically accomplished women our nation has ever known, and Monica Lewinsky is the punchline to a joke.

    • kcarp says:

      No right to say Hillary’s name? She didn’t make vows to her why does she owe her anything.

      This happened 15 years ago. Just like Hillary said at the Benghazi inquest, “What difference does it make?”

      • minime says:

        She had no vows to her, still she doesn’t have to trash Hillary’s name on the magazines just because her sleazy husband couldn’t refuse a BJ that Monica was so willing to give.

      • kcarp says:

        This is good pub for Hillary. I don’t think she trashed her at all. I tend to think Hillary is the brain behind the whole Clinton dynasty and she knows this angle does nothing but make her look like the wronged wife. The wronged wife is a sympathetic figure to many women today.

    • Justme says:

      What are Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments? I am serious. I always hear how accomplished she is, but details on what she accomplished are thin on the ground.

      She apparently logged in a lot of air travel time as Secretary of State. Well that’s nice, but not extraordinary. I’m not saying she has no accomplishments, she got some bills passed as Senator, but she is hardly one of the most accomplished women our nation has ever seen. And she is not a particularly good politician on her own. Bill is and she rode his coattails.

      • bettyrose says:

        Justme – sadly, the U.S. lags so behind the rest of the world (not even just the “western” world) in electing women to high positions that Hilary’s mere brush with almost getting the democratic nomination makes her one of the most politically accomplished American women. But my props go to Nancy Pelosi, Madeleine Albright, etc. who have actually raised the proverbial ceiling on women’s opportunities.

    • bettyrose says:

      Just to clarify, my point is that Monica is not Hillary’s professional or intellectual equal and thus not qualified to discuss her in the media simply on account of their passing connection. I wouldn’t want to hear Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers or any of the others discuss politics either.

      I don’t think the “scorned wife” routine makes Hillary sympathetic, though. It makes her look weak, and I fault her heavily for using that angle during her last presidential campaign. She was not a scorned wife. She was a highly paid ivy league educated lawyer who chose to remain part of a powerful political team. Let’s be clear that she could have walked away, built her own reputation, and certainly would have had other opportunities to marry if a traditional marriage was her goal. I don’t think Hillary could GAF about where Bill puts his wang, but I hope she takes a position of power and authority this time around. Maybe Elizabeth Warren can give her some tips (oh, snap).

      • jane16 says:

        bettyrose, agree with you 110%

      • Anne says:

        “she has no right to even speak Hillary’s name.” Goodness, what an extreme and compassion-less way to articulate a point. Disagree, 110%.

      • Lauraq says:

        If you think someone who is not the ‘equal’ of a politician shouldn’t even be able to mention their name, you have some SERIOUS problems.
        And yes, Monica was his mistress. They met on a very regular basis. He bought her presents. You’re confused.

  14. Matthew says:

    She is SEXY!

  15. OTHER RENEE says:

    Definitely in the Monica camp. I really wish her the best.

  16. Apple says:

    I always have a soft spot for Monica. I am the same age as her and know what it is like to be taken advantage of sexually in the workplace. Obviously on a much smaller scale than the POTUS. But in your early 20′s you so want to believe these men care about you. When the cold fact is, they just want their dick sucked because their wives won’t do it at home. So they play on your emotions and create a fantasy scenario to make it all seem normal.

    She got used by much more powerful people in a political game that cost the country hundreds of millions for no reason.

    I hope she finds happiness one day with a man that will respect her for who she is.

    • Delta Juliet says:

      Ditto here. And seriously, it’s such a pattern of behavior for a lot of professional men. It’s a little sickening how often it happens and how we crucify the woman. I’m not holding her blameless but give her a break. The freakin’ PRESIDENT came on to her. My stupid low-level boss came on to me and it made life VERY difficult. I can’t imagine the same situation with the leader of the free world.

    • jane16 says:

      Taken advantage of sexually? She bragged to her friends in California that she was going to “get her Presidential kneepads.” She went to DC, scheming to nail Bubba. She is a first class schemer, and loves any bit of publicity she can scrape up. She came on to the president, repeatedly. Is he also to blame? Certainly, but this woman had and still has an agenda when it comes to the Clintons. I think she was handsomely paid for her role back in the 90s, and think someone on the right is paying her now to rehash the whole shameful episode. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy or respect for her. She is a selfish manipulator and is crapping all over our best chance of ever having a woman president (in my lifetime at least). I can’t stand her.

      btw, to whomever said on the last post that they couldn’t find any pix of dear dear Monica posing on the beach with an American flag in a Vanity Fair spread: the magazine came out in 1998, sorry I don’t remember the month. If you google (I use yahoo) Monica Lewinsky Vanity Fair and then click on “images” and scroll down, you can see the picture. I used to subscribe to VF at that time, and cancelled my subscription after that, so I remember it well.

  17. faun says:

    She has allowed the scandal to define her entire life and she’s still whining about it. She’s started to remind me of Tonya Harding in that regard.

  18. Side-Eye says:

    …people still care about this?

  19. OhDear says:

    I wish her well in her future endeavors. That being said, it’s been practically two decades since all that took place. What’s the point of bringing the affair up again, especially given that she (presumably) wasn’t specifically asked to and that she says over and over again that she’s tired of being associated with the scandal?

    I also don’t feel bad for her, though again, I wish her well. Plenty of people have affairs all the time and it blows up in their faces (though hers was on a larger scale given she had an affair with POTUS). Although Clinton should have known better, she was also a consenting *adult* – who reportedly also pursued such a relationship. Like what people said yesterday, wasn’t Kristen Stewart also around that age when she had that affair with that director? And people here still call Stewart a homewrecker.

  20. The Original G says:

    I’ll be interested to read how she felt about Linda Tripp outing them?

    I understand that she has things to say about what happened. But it’s time now to take those to a therapist and move on.

    • jane16 says:

      I think her & the lovely Linda were in on it together. I read an article back in the 90s in some political mag (like Mother Jones) that pointed out all the inconsistancies in their stories. Of course the mainstream media ignored it in favor of the salacious sexual stuff.

  21. Megandraper says:

    She would be perfect to work in PR in Hollywood or NYC, with all the superficiality. I feel bad for her that she hasn’t been able to get a career. She should be able to get on with her life. I don’t care what happened, it was years ago and I blame Bill Clinton.

    I’m waiting for a comment on where Linda Tripp is! She’s the bit ch in this situation.

    • Lauraq says:

      Her and Kenneth Starr. Monica was wrong to have an affair with a married man. Bill was more wrong because he took advantage and he was the married one. But Starr cheerfully destroyed lives out of spite.

  22. Size Does Matter says:

    Dear Monica -

    I read yesterday that you Google yourself, so maybe you’ll find this site and discover that there are plenty of people out there wishing you the best. I’m about your age. I have done some ridiculously stupid things in my life. Thank goodness they weren’t on the national stage. If you want to move on from this, YOU have to move on from this. Take up a very public cause and make yourself its champion. Make it a cause related to rights of young women – campus sexual assault, equal pay, #bringbackourgirls, something. Use your notoriety for good and maybe the dialogue will change, but you have to change it first. Otherwise you seem insincere.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Bravo! An excellent suggestion!

    • D says:

      Maybe, just maybe, if she would stop doing interviews and staying in the public eye we would forget about her. She’s the one that had the purse line. If she wanted truly move on from it all she would have disappeared and maybe changed her name…..Just sayin.

      It’s unfortunate that she has this “scarlet letter” on her and Bill is celebrated but she chose to be the side piece and not wash the dress.

  23. LaurieH says:

    I’m just going to come out and say it (and I can’t be the only one who feels this way): I find Hillary Clinton’s interest in “women’s interests” to be rather disingenuous, hypocritical and mainly a matter of political expediency and obligation. I am old enough to well remember how she treated and regarded the laundry list of women that Bill had affairs with. I am of mixed emotions about her blaming herself for Bill’s affairs by claiming to be emotionally closed off. On the one hand, I admire her intraspection and self-awareness. But this only partially explains why Bill may have thought about or desired attention elsewhere. The choice to act upon it, however, was completely his own and Hillary bears no responsibility for that. I also don’t like the way she dismissed all these women as bimbos, just wanting to up their own power quotients by cozying up to a powerful man. Isn’t that exactly what Hillary did by choosing to remain with a serial adulterer? Because she calculated that she’d have more power as the wife of Bill than as his ex-wife?

    I don’t know…it just bugs me. I just don’t see her as the “victim” of Bill’s philandering, but rather someone who sought to capitize on it. It bugs me that she doesn’t think – or didn’t think back then – that she deserves better. I just honestly don’t understand why someone would trade respect and dignity for power and money, but hey. To each their own. History is littered with wealthy, powerful couples who turn a blind eye to mistreatment in name of power and wealth. Well, except Henry VIII. He just cut their heads off.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I totally agree with you, and if you look into the lives of women Bill had affairs with and the ones who complained that he sexually harassed them, you will see the Clintons at work. The lives of these women were ruined. They couldn’t get jobs, most of them had to move to new towns where they STILL couldn’t get jobs, they were threatened and harassed. All for telling the truth. Don’t tell me Hillary was unaware of all of that. And I don’t admire any woman who has no more respect for herself than to settle for a lying, cheating scum dog just so she can gain power.

  24. joan says:

    Her friend quoted her as saying, “I’m going to Washington to get my White House kneepads.”

    That sounds plausible to me, so she seems like an eternal attention-seeker who had an agenda from day 1. She regrets what she did but keeps talking about it.

  25. JenniferJustice says:

    I don’t understand the overwhelming sympathy posted for her. Yes, there are many women who sleep with married men and most of them don’t face the level of hatred (at least not a national level) as Monica did, but how does that absolve her? I think it would be better to wish for all cheaters married or cheating with the married to be exposed as she was. I have no sympathy for betraying people and vows. She broke the girl code. She continues to maintain their’s was a “relationship” because there were calls, gifts, etc. That’s what most men do give their mistresses and that’s all they give them. To me, she’s still in denial. She doesn’t want to admit she was ho-ing. Instead she wants to convince the world that they were boyfriend and girlfriend and had an emotional connection. I’d be interested to know the honest truth – how many times did Clinton make time for her that they did not have sex? My guess would be never. And just because everybody has sex doesn’t mean all sex is okay – especially when it hurts somebody else and breaks up families. More often than not, cheaters are narcissists – they only really care about fulfilling their own wants and many times, on a whim. She still strikes me as a narcissist.

    • Eleonor says:

      I think she should really move on, she complains about how the scandal defined all her life, but she goes on giving interviews about that. I can understand the books and the interviews at the time, she had legal bills to pay ; but now?
      Please if you’ve moved on, move on.

    • Diana says:

      I don’t think this comment is fair. I don’t condone cheating. Betrayal is wrong. But havent you ever made a mistake or do a single thing that you wish you could take back? If so, good for you, but you are a rare case.

      We are all evolving human beings, with flaws and make all kinds of mistakes. Everyone will or has hurt others by saying the wrong thing or acting selfish. Yes we should face the consequences of our poor choices, and Monica has been paying for 20 years. She’s already made amends IMO.

      Monica has been publicly flogged for this enough. Now It’s her time be strong. Monica, please forgive yourself and let this whole mess go! I so agree with the previous poster who suggested she repurpose her passion for a cause she believes in. You have the power to rewrite your own destiny!!

  26. KA says:

    Monica was 21 when this entire mess unfolded. I feel bad that her life has been defined by this one mistake. The stigma attached to her will live long after she’s dead and gone. Her parents raised her to be a smart woman and but her name has been and will forever be synonymous with a man ejaculating on a dress. That’s messed up. She was young and inlove. Many women twice her age would have done the same things she did. Yet as much as I feel bad that Bill has gone mainly unscathed and she has taken all the brunt of the horrible crap, she screwed a married man. At 21, a person knows right from wrong. Hilary wasn’t the faceless wife. She wasn’t an abstract thought. She was the First Lady of the United States when Moncia and Bill had the affair. She was front and center, in her face. Yet she chose to engage in sexual acts, fall in love with a married man. What did she expect?Both should be maligned for what they did. She doesn’t get a pass for sleeping with another woman’s husband just because she was young and naive.

    That being said, her hair is looking beautiful. She looks wonderful. Let’s hope she’ll find a man who will love her for her.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She had affairs with married men before and after Clinton. I’m not sure how remorseful she really is.

  27. Kelly says:

    I’m trying very hard to understand and empathize. I am 21 now and thinking about how I would look at it if I was a White House intern… BUT what I have trouble with is the following

    1. How could she possibly think that the most powerful married man in the world was going to leave his wife for her.

    Surely she was able to take the stars out of her eyes for a second and see that right??

    It’s sad that that is what defines her today but, given what was at risk had their respective statuses, I just can’t bring myself to think “poor Monica.”

  28. She was young and silly…back then. But now its time to go away and move on. Discretion is the better part of valour, and all that.

  29. P.J. says:

    “When I hear of Hillary’s prospective candidacy, I cannot help but fear the next wave of paparazzi…What might happen, I’ve wondered, if she does run in 2016. And what if she wins — and then wins a second term? Where is she now? In addition to “paparazzi,” Lewinsky also is wary of “the next wave of ‘where is she now?’ stories.”

    O RLY??? Because a Hilary campaign would be all about YOU Monica. (J*sus Christ.) Why else is this woman making headlines again for talking about an affair that happened-and was already dissected to death-TWENTY YEARS AGO suddenly again now other than the fact that she knows Hillary is likely to run for President again soon and WANTS to keep her name associated with the Clintons in any way she can.

    The Clinton/Lewinsky thing went down all the way back when I was in elementary school and I’m 30 now! I highly doubt anyone would be discussing Monica Lewinsky and her tired a**, super over played out story throughout Hillary’s (potential) campaign as anything more than a passing thought: 1. Hillary is a brilliant political mind of her own right. 2. It isn’t Bill Clinton who’d be running. 3. The entire country-besides Vanity Fair and Monica herself apparently-have beyond moved on from this. (I mean, the woman admits that’s she still had the f**king blue dress!! How twisted is that?!)

  30. jane16 says:

    I wasn’t going to comment on this ridiculously photoshopped spread, but changed my mind in view of all the comments of how “great” monica looks. Vanity Fair is notorious for their photoshopping, you can see where they’ve trimmed her middle; furthermore, monica’s face is actually covered with freckles and moles, and lines. They have ‘shopped out every imperfection and made it look like she has flawless skin, which is far from the case. I will grant that she has nice hair, but she is far from being a beauty…or “sexy” as claimed upthread. This woman is incapable of being “real” about anything.

  31. melain says:

    I’m her age and I remember the brazen way she flaunted the affair. At the time she was proud and excited. In interviews she explained the single-minded, methodical approach she took to catching Clinton. People around the president spoke of their efforts to help her get a job and help her move quickly and quietly on. But she said part of her plan was to become rich and famous for the affair. I remember trying to figure out why she was so proud of herself and why she was so happy about the whole thing.

    Looking at these pictures of her, she still looks happy and a little vampy. She doesn’t look like she’s spent any time worrying about it. She doesn’t have that drawn and hard look of someone who is oppressed or troubled or remorseful. She looks happy to be the center of attention…once again. I’m thinking she will milk this for the rest of her life.