Monica Lewinsky: ‘Time to bury the blue dress’ 

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  • In this July 11, 2001, file photo, Monica Lewinsky arrives for a special screening of "The Score" in New York. Lewinsky says there's no question her boss, Bill Clinton, "took advantage" of her when he was president.
Talking for the first time in a decade about her affair with President Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky tells Vanity Fair, “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.”

The reference to the now-infamous piece of stained clothing she didn’t dry-clean after an encounter with Clinton comes from the former White House intern at the center of the scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment.

Lewinsky, now 40 and with a master’s degree in social psychology, writes in the magazine that her affair was “consensual” and that she “deeply regrets” what happened.

In excerpts posted online, Lewinsky, writing about career challenges, says she has rejected offers that would have pulled in “more than $10 million.”

She mentions how she was reclusive during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and feels “gun-shy yet again” regarding the prospect of another Clinton run in 2016. Commenting on reports the former first lady called her a “narcissistic loony toon,” she writes, “If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky.”

Lewinsky’s main reason for speaking out now has to do with the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a university freshman whose intimate encounter with a man was videostreamed in 2010. His death and public humiliation led her to believe that sharing her story might help others “in their darkest moments of humiliation.”

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