Her contact with the then US President caused a sensation around the world. Today Monica Lewinsky turns fifty years old. This is how it changed.
July 23, 2023, 6:16 pm24 July 2023, at 06:51
It is one of the most famous cases in US political history: in 1995, Monica Lewinsky had an affair with Bill Clinton. She was 22 and working as an intern at the White House, and he was the President of the United States, who was 27 years older than her. Monica Lewinsky will celebrate her 50th birthday on July 23, 2023. What is she doing now?
Clinton’s extramarital affair got him into a serious crisis during his first term and nearly cost him his job. In 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached because he tried to cover up the affair. Shortly afterwards he was acquitted.
Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton: At the age of 22, she worked as an intern at the White House.Photo: EPA Independence Council
Bill Clinton managed to save his image. But for many, Monica Lewinsky remains the world’s most famous intern, or “The Case.” However, because of the #MeToo movement, she now sees the scandal in a different light. She told Vanity Fair in 2018 that it was a “gross abuse of power” on Clinton’s part.
However, she confirmed that the relationship with him was consensual. But the #MeToo campaign made her realize how wide the “huge power gap” between them was. “I started to think about whether the idea of consensual consent made sense in these circumstances.”
“He had a dangerous charm.”
In 2021, Lewinsky spoke to People magazine about her relationship with Clinton: “He was fascinated by him, like so many others.” She added to that. “He had charisma, a dangerous charm, and he was intoxicating. We think we’re on this solid ground in our early 20s. We think we know it all, and yet we’re actually in this quicksand.”
It has now been nearly 30 years since this case. Lewinsky initially went into hiding and became a target of many Americans. With the help of therapy, her family, and her friendships, she was able to come to terms with what she went through. She is now a producer and contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, and an anti-bullying activist and speaker.
His appearance on the sidelines of the Academy Awards ceremony
She most recently appeared at a public event at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in March. There she posed for photographers in a white dress with black lace details.
March 12, 2023: Monica Lewinsky at the Vanity Fair Academy Awards.Image: Cornerstone
Every now and then, Lewinsky also gives her opinions from her more than 60,000 Instagram fans. There she posted a selfie wearing a striped sweater, sunglasses and a straw hat for Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Lewinsky also revealed on the social media platform that she is celebrating her 50th birthday in Malibu.
She keeps her private life away from the public eye, only occasionally sharing photos of her parents on Instagram. “I feel like if anyone has the right to keep their love life private, it’s me,” she told People magazine.
She explained that the relationships she has are “very valuable” to her, even those that failed. “I learned alot.” She is not married. “I don’t know if this will happen or not, and I’m better off than I was before,” Lewinsky continued.
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