In January 1998, the world was outraged by the immoral behavior of 42nd US president Bill Clinton and young White House intern Monica Lewinsky. It was one of the loudest sex scandals in America’s history. The country leader was accused of having an intimate relationship with the actual subordinate. For over six months after the suspicions, Clinton was trying to convince everyone he had no connection with the girl until the truth was finally revealed. Bill issued a statement he was guilty of the incident only after the evidence became clear. Despite the announced impeachment, Clinton still held his post for a while, while Monica Lewinsky had been suffering from the media and public bullying for years.
Monica’s internship in Washington started in 1996. Her alleged affairs with the president began exactly that year. The girl always shared what was happening in her life with a close friend, Linda Tripp. She also recorded several telephone conversations with Lewinsky, authenticated by an independent prosecutor and a literary agent. It is worth noting this was not the only scandal provoked by Tripp, although her motives haven’t been reliably established so far.
In March 1999, Lewinsky, who became one of the most popular women thanks to her humorous style in the press, publicly apologized for her role in the drama. Her political career could no longer progress. Apart from that, even though Bill Clinton repeatedly apologized for the incident in front of the public, he never mentioned anything about his former mistress Monica.
Lewinsky soon published an autobiography and founded a bag manufacturing company while being out of public attention for a few years after that. She also happened to work on television but didn’t achieve much success. Bill Clinton survived mostly because of his loving wife, Hillary, who managed to preserve the family and partially restore the husband’s reputation. However, we know hardly anything about Monica’s personal life, while the woman has already celebrated her 45th anniversary.
Lewinsky’s public return took place only in 2014 when Vanity Fair published an essay with an intriguing name Shame and Survival. After many years of almost secluded life, Monica began to talk openly about the media bullying because of which she had to deal with numerous psychological problems. In 2015, she appeared at a TED conference in Vancouver with a strong speech. After that, Monica began to cooperate with various organizations that are trying to solve the bullying problem.
By the way, Lewinsky’s name was again mentioned during the scandal with President Trump and Stormy Daniels. The public couldn’t help noticing the similarities between the two cheating cases: both women didn’t immediately publicize the incidents, while the main antiheroes were the acting country leaders.
Today, Monica is known not only for the infamous events happened 21 years ago, but she is also an active social activist as well as a successful actress, taking part in the stunning performance Devil With the Blue Dress, which premiered in the spring, 2018, at the London’s Bunker Theater. The plot is rather imprecise – it depicts the struggle between Hillary Clinton and Lewinsky for power. Let us recollect – Monica showed exactly blue dress in a court as material proof of her connection with Clinton. This evidence finally revealed all the secrets of Bill’s affairs with the intern.
Even though Lewinsky’s life didn’t develop as she probably imagined herself, the former bullied intern managed to transform into an influential advocate for the people’s rights. It is common for every person to make mistakes and wrong decisions. At the same time, not everyone is ready to recognize and reconsider them, similarly to how Monica did it.