Monica Lewinsky

Turn to 50, What Happen to Monica Lewinsky? Her Appearance Shocking Everybody

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The scandal a millennial in which Lewinsky was the main character of the guest became a springboard to the world’s attention throughout all her life. As White House intern, her cheap grandstanding as a woman with a vivid affair with then-President Bill Clinton was a defining moment in her life. This moment as well as the period of stigma and bitter disappointments that followed steered her towards a path of advocacy and contribution to the national discourse.

Monica Lewinsky pictured on January 21, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

In January, 1998, Monica became the center of attention that the press wanted, when the truth about Clinton’s romance with her, a 49-year-old man, came out. At age 22, she has just started her relationship, and though within the next couple of years, she ends up facing the glare of the public probe.

Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton at a function held at the White House on September 21, 1998 in Washington D.C. | Source: Getty Images

Lewinsky left the limelight after reporters went to the press with a lot of pictures of her posted from head to toe. And consequently, her reputation got spoiled and she was called names, although she felt it was wrong, it was until she abandoned her job and music career that her self-esteem became lies in tatters.

An undated photo of Monica Lewinsky and an unidentified woman posing together | Source: Getty Images

The incident was in 1998, she kept her silence for a decade after this, and finally, in 2014, she again returned to public affairs. That was the season she made that her breakthrough appearance at Forbes “30 Under 30 Summit.”

Now jumping to March, 2015, in addition to the big speech on “TED Talk” she openly talked about her scandal and the disruption that it brought in her life.

A side-by-side photo of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky dated August 14, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

She also focussed on impact online articles made on her image in her personal life, by moving from completely un-mocked to ridiculed one within a sofa of the globe in an hour.

Also, it was long before social media some people judged Lewinsky for the cause of her affairs with the president right in online. “I have been Patient One of losing my own personalized reputation on a global level almost ever occurring within a matter of moments,” as she uttered to the audience.

She also focussed on impact online articles made on her image in her personal life, by moving from completely un-mocked to ridiculed one within a sofa of the globe in an hour.

Also, it was long before social media some people judged Lewinsky for the cause of her affairs with the president right in online. “I have been Patient One of losing my own personalized reputation on a global level almost ever occurring within a matter of moments,” as she uttered to the audience.

Lewinsky discloses, “Not a day ends in my reminding me about my mistake. I regret that mistake so much, deeply”? Lewinsky, indirectly, calls for the Clinton relationship which she considered consensual as her mistake.

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser at the Saxophone Club at Hyatt Hotel on May 8, 1996 in Washington, D.C. | Source: Getty Images

The true cause of the scandal becoming known was because Linda Tripp, Lewinsky’s co-worker and close confidant, disclosed their phone call recordings to special counsel Ken. Tripp had worked as an assistant of Lewinsky’s at the Pentagon for almost 2 years and during the time, she usually heard about her affair with Clinton from Lewinsky.

A person reaches for a copy of Time Magazine on a news stand January 26, 1998 in New York. | Source: Getty Images

At a lunch meeting held by the two on 16th January 1998, at a mall in Washington D.C., Tripp (and not Lewinsky who was 25 then) invited Lewinsky to meet her there. She was later arrested because, at that point, it was a trap. In swarm of no moment, from nowhere the secret service agents surrounded Lewinsky saying, she was in trouble.

Monica Lewinsky (C) walks to a waiting car at the Cosmos Club on January 29, 1998 in Washington D.C. | Source: Getty Images

It was told to the Lewinsky that she should head upstairs to a backroom, where she would find federal prosecutors and more FBI agents. She started to shiver as she was made to know the fact that people were probing the president for inappropriate sexual relationship allegedly had with former Arkansas state manager named as Paula Jones. She also was threatened by the investigators that if she came out to openly disclose the affair, she was subjected to a single count of perjury and would face up to 27 years in prison.

Monica Lewinsky arrives at her father’s home on February 3, 1998 in Brentwood, California. | Source: Getty Images

It didn’t end there. This was the main challenge faced by Lewinsky: it was not only public but also personal. She recollected a one particular stirring converse with her mom in September 2010, where they held the very young college freshman, Tyler Clementi who had been secretly web cammed by his roommate while he was getting intimate with another man.

Monica Lewinsky rides in car on August 6, 1998 in Washington D.C. | Source: Getty Images

Clementi took his life just days following this coming to the surface. Hence, the online harassment was the main catalyst for Clementi’s death by suicide. Lewinsky recalled how she felt her mom being crushed by the things that happened saying that it was very difficult for her to imagine a 18 year-old boy whose parents it is so hard to be. By the time Lewinsky reflected, she realized that her parent was probably re-experiencing the trauma that befell her in 1998.

Moreover, Lewinsky could find a parallel between Clementi’s case of verbal abuse and torment and hers of public ridicule and shame. “There is not an adequate word to describe the overwhelming tragedy of such an occurance,” she confirmed. These outpouring of her soul made her find a cause in doing stand-up against cyber bullying.

Monica Lewinsky (R) pictured leaving court on August 20, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

Despite the fact that Lewinsky lived a difficult time in her life, motivated her to start a new life and she emigrated to the UK where she earned a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics. She felt she had to go another country as people were constantly scrutinizing her and she desired to have a peaceful life from everyone’s judgments. For the first tend days, the professors and her fellow college mates had Lancelyn’s back. Therefore, it was easy for her to integrate into the campus life.

Monica Lewinsky photographed on January 1, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

Apart from her intelligence, her employment was discouraged by her past which contributed to her city to city relocation. Jobs that gave hope exemplified themselves now that she had no hope of them. “I finally got to the understanding that employment according to the classical standards may even not be my alternative,” Lewinsky bravely shared in her June 2014 interview.

The lady hardly could land a volunteer job at the charity after about six months already had gone by after discovering the strength to talk to a specific firm. This squad informed her that working for them was a no go affair. The author said, “It had been so lonely and hard for me. Then you feel lost, it’s very difficult to find your way.”

Monica Lewinsky photographed at Kennedy Airport on March 4, 1999 | Source: Getty Images

Lewinsky also confessed that those were the kind of lowest points in her life she had ever known while feeling she was no different from everybody else. She repeated to the press rep about what she previously said to them on the matter, including that she is deeply sorry about what she did with the former commander-in-chief.

Monica Lewinsky and her step-mother pictured on February 6, 1998 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

She may have taken a step back from her profession at the time, but she eventually moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles to lay down a new start. While she still was living with her mom and dad, who continued to cover her basic needs, she struggled to meet even her budget. Nothing had come with ease for her, not even those who were close to her had not stepped up even if a little and some had to lend her money.

Monica Lewinsky arriving at the US District Courthouse in on August 6, 1998 in Washington, D.C. | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky getting emotional during a televised interview on March 3, 1999 | Source: Getty Images

The point where this turn of a new leaf took place was when Lewinsky for the first time acknowledged her side of the story, when she refused offers of monetizing her story, and concentrated instead on profound issues. “That is how I explain it,” she said. “Maybe the way I share my experiences can somehow aid those who find themselves in the deepest places of the thorniest life situations.”

Monica Lewinsky attends PETA Honors The Animal Rights Movement on September 18, 1999 | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky at the Harrods department store on March 8, 1999 in Knightsbridge, London | Source: Getty Images

She still an inspiring hero in the battle against bullying, which is in a high demand these days as an anti-bullying activist and speaker. In October 2018, she then shared a very personal PSA on YouTube entitled, #DefyTheName.

Monica Lewinsky during an appearance on the “Today” show on October 23, 2023 | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated February 26, 2024 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated February 26, 2024 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky

The writer has also ventured into Hollywood as a producer, including her involvement in the HBO Max documentary “15 Minutes of Shame” and the documentary “American Crime Story: “Impeachment,” -in which she acted as producer- was a documentary produced by her, giving her a fresh insight into the times when everything seemed to change around her.

Monica Lewinsky attends the UK premiere of “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” 2023 | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated February 26, 2024 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated February 26, 2024 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky

As the producer of those projects, Lewinsky tried to instill the empathy as well as the understanding by making this decision. Hence, she sincerely talked about those projects by stating, “I don’t interest in working on connected my past projects lightly…It is when the times that were living in are just happen eventually.”

Monica Lewinsky attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated February 26, 2024 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky

She is basically the main spotlight in this limited series. Beanie Feldstein assumes the character of her while the actor trying to play the part of her partner, which is portrayed by Sarah Paulson and who happens to be with the actress Holland Taylor. The production team consists of producer Nina Jacobson, Sarah Burgess, and writer Ryan Murphy.

In a retrospective, Lewinsky acknowledged her audience that was all about humanization. Looking through all the hardships she had been through, Lewinsky described herself feeling like the most sensitive person. At various parts in the film, I advocated for several numbers of characters and tried to convince the audience of the places where to cut within which stage we could pull back.

Monica Lewinsky seen arriving to the FYC event and screening of “Impeachment: American Crime Story” on June 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

The former White House intern was quoted in a September 2021 interview as saying she did not need the President’s apology anyway. If she was growing up on the same year the scandal erupted, she might have needed some sort of explanation from him to eventually achieve closure. However, she was not one of those oppressed women, and being grateful for it, she went on with her life.

The situation is much better as Lewinsky appreciates her family members’ support, who stood by her regardless her issues, and she thinks of herself as a very lucky woman. She stressed that all these are the people who understand her more than the people who are outside her circle and further apart from her to the point that they could fall into social circles.

Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated April 30, 2023 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky’s post, dated June 25, 2023 | Source: Instagram/monica_lewinsky

Lewinsky’s life has been under the spotlight in the course of many years, with her private life attracting much attention too. She once told she has learned something from every guy that she has had a relationship with, and was glad because she kept getting repaired, “the image of myself which was shattered in 1998.” And so, whatever the tears, heartbreak, and disappointment, I will always be thankful for them.

Lewinski stated that the tragedy brought out the feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem in her. As a result, she always remembers the public condemnation and scandal of 1998, which had caused undesirable effects on her romantic relationships. The story of a lady who got angry and walked away after a man admitted that he was married but had used a green card, was also shared.

Lewinsky was gushing with panic as she imagined people would see them kissing and then it goes worst, the tabloids might pick it up and soon it becomes a scandal. I’ve grown competent at discerning the right intention for the boys. The affirmative ones are actually far off, though.

Monica Lewinsky and Alan Cumming at the 2021 Hudson River Park Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on October 7, 2021 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

In an August 2021 interview, the brunette bombshell was asked which or who is the love of her life and she unhesitatingly responded that peanut butter is. The many trials of Ms. Lewinsky did not break her. Instead, she has came under every relationship it by tracking the privacy and strength, limited from every experience. “If there is any one who does,” she pointed, “it is me who truly has my romantic relationships private.”

Monica Lewinsky attends the 2018 ACRIA Holiday Dinner at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on December 13, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

When her 50th birthday came with September 2023, single, Lewinsky states that her wish is simple–she wants a normal lifestyle, which is composed of marriage and children. “I do not know if I will — or will not — ever travel that path, and I feel more content than I used to if I never do,” Lewinsky acknowledged.

Monica Lewinsky attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

From Lewinsky’s desire to be treated faithfully, she became star hungered for someone to love her in order to say I do like a family woman so much, wishing so that the people shouldn’t remember her and her past.

Monica Lewinsky and Marcia Lewis Straus seen on April 3, 1999 in Paris | Source: Getty Images

She partly stated that her dreams might not have been totally realized, but she considers all those to be her saving factors: friends, family, helpers, and laughs. ‘I hold my relationships with friends and relatives as the most important things in the world. Those, who make me laugh shall be the golden ones,’ she categorically exposed.

Monica Lewinsky at the red carpet for “Impeachment” at the Pacfic Design Center on September 1, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

All in all, among her family members, her mother in particular has been the most important stronghold of her inspiration and optimism. Things would eventually become better and Straus told her daughter that she would be so courageous that she would not go down the street worrying about shame. She told Lily that her mother was actually correct about this.

Monica Lewinsky during an appearance on the “Today” show on October 16, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Now, more than two decades after the scandal and matured in years, as Lewinsky sees the past through the lens of acceptance, she gains strength and becomes thankful for the strength and courage she has within her. She still has many good things in life which light up her own soul with smiles.

Monica Lewinsky attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
Monica Lewinsky attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Yet Lewinsky gives us a clear clue as to her future endeavors where she plans to present other women who have undergone the wrath of global tabloids, which is yet another step in her personal journey-increasing the advocacy side.

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