Monica Lewinsky, a name that rose to fame as the result of a scandal. Monica was a white house intern during the reign of Bill Clinton. Their sexual affair is considered amongst one of the biggest sex scandals in the history of America. It was exposed in 1998. Monica Lewinsky had shared the details of her affair with Linda Tripp who was her colleague at the White House. Linda recorded their conversation and leaked it when Monica denied having an affair with Clinton, in the Paula Jones case.
After the scandal, Monica became quite a popular name in American television. She started a line of handbags under her name that she designed herself. Monica took a break from all the fame to pursue Psychology from London. She made a comeback in 2014 with her address to the public on the subject of cyberbullying.
|Full Name:||Monica Samille Lewinsky|
|Stage Name:||Monica Lewinsky|
|Birthday:||July 23, 1973|
|Place Of Origin:||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Age:||47 years old|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in|
|Profession:||Psychologist, Activist, Government assistant, TV personality|
|Total Net Worth:||$1.5 million|
Born on July 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California, Monica Samille Lewinsky was Jewish by birth. Her father, Bernard Lewinsky was an oncologist by profession and her mother Marcia was an author. She also had a brother named Michael. Her parents separated when she was very young and moved ahead with different partners, which gave Monica and her brother an unhappy childhood. Lewinsky went to several schools like Sinai Temple’s school, Sinai Akiba Academy, John Thomas Dye School, Beverly Hills High School, and Bel Air Prep.
After graduating in 1991, she went to Santa Monica College and also worked in the drama department of Beverly Hills High School. She later got enrolled in the Lewis & Clark College and studied psychology. In 1995 she started working at the White House as an unpaid intern and in December she was promoted to a paid position.
Everybody remembers Oprah Winfrey interviewing Micheal Jackson. It is considered the most viewed interview in the history of television. Well, what comes second is Monica Lewinsky’s interview conducted by Barbara Walters in 1999 on “20/20”. It generated a handsome amount of remuneration, of which Monica was given $1 million. On May 8, 1999, she also featured on “Saturday Night Live”. She did some endorsements with Jenny Craig, Inc. in 2000. It was a diet company and had offered Monica a deal of $1 million. The deal required Monica to lose 40 pounds of weight in six months.
Monica Lewinsky’s appointment as their spokeswoman created major controversy. It led the company to dissolve the deal with Monica and instead of the 1 million dollars that were promised to her, she was paid only $300,000. She also became a part of “The Tom Green Show” and later came up with her show, “Monica’s Postcards”.
Talking about her experience post the sex scandal, she shared that she had to go through post-traumatic stress disorder, and to help herself, she got involved in knitting. It helped her keep herself sane and keep away from overthinking. The unwanted media attention was taking away the peace from her life.
Talking about what the scandal cost her she said, “I was petrified. I was frantic about my family and this becoming public.”
Talking about Bill Clinton’s reaction to it, she asserted, “He did not say: ‘Listen, you’re going to have to lie here.’ But on the flip side, he also didn’t say: ‘Listen, honey, this is going to be awful – we’re going to have to tell the truth.’”
She added, “What feels more important to me than whether I am owed or deserving of a personal apology is my belief that Bill Clinton should want to apologize. I’m less disappointed by him, and more disappointed for him. He would be a better man for it.” She expressed her opinion on the scandal and how the media portrayed it, in an essay that she wrote for Vanity Fair.
Monica Lewinsky Net worth:
An American citizen, an author, an anti-bullying activist by profession, and a public figure, Monica Lewinsky accounts for a net worth of $1.5 million. The Lewis & Clark graduate, rose to fame after the details of her sexual relationship with the former American President Bill Clinton were leaked. In a telephonic conversation, she had disclosed all the details to Linda Tripp, who later on provided the recordings to prove that the two were having a sexual relationship during the reign of Clinton.
During the affair, Monica was an unpaid intern at the White House and later was promoted to a higher position. After the scandal was exposed to the world, it led to overnight fame for Monica and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. After 2014, She created a different image of herself with her interviews and seminars against cyberbullying. She joined hands with Andrew Morton, who is a well-known author, and penned down a book called “Monica’s Story”. The book was launched in 1999 and conveyed her side of the story to the world. It earned approximately $500,000 (just the advance).
“Monica Lewinsky’s scandal” was how the world addressed it. And that is where we realize the importance of perspectives and angles of a story. Everything became a blame game against the woman who was a part of the relationship (appropriate or inappropriate) with a very powerful man. It was never addressed as “the Clinton Scandal”.
Monica Lewinsky once said the most courageous words, that not everyone could have dared to say. She said, “He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn’t. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied.” She expressed her anger and concern at the same time. She asserted, “I was worried about my mom more than I was worried about the president. And then I was worried about the president, and then I was worried about myself.”