First photos of Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair, no blue dress in sight

 


Monica Lewinsky (Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair.)

“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” says Monica Lewinsky.

In  the June 2014 issue of “Vanity Fair,” Lewinsky speaks out for the first-time about her affair with President Clinton in “Shame and Survival.” 

Sam Jones exclusively for Vanity Fair. Sam Jones exclusively for Vanity Fair.

There are many theories about the timing of this first-person essay. Former second lady Lynne Cheney believes this is all part of Hillary’s 2016 election master plan. But Monica says this is not the case; it’s an attempt to give her story a different ending. She says, “…that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth”

The article includes Monica on job hunting post-Washington:

“I was never ‘quite right’ for the position. In some cases, I was right for all the wrong reasons, as in ‘Of course, your job would require you to attend our events.’ And, of course, these would be events at which press would be in attendance.”

On Beyoncé’s “Partition” lyrics:

“Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”

On Hillary calling her a “narcissistic loony toon” in the 1990s:

“My first thought,” Lewinsky writes, “as I was getting up to speed: If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky.”

On the Internet:

“…thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”

On her goal for speaking out:

“…is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

The Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal captivated the nation's attention in 1998 and beyond. Here are the Clinton family's reactions to the scandal, through the years. (Pamela Kirkland/The Washington Post)

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Veronica Toney is a features digital editor and writer at The Washington Post.
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