Monica Lewinsky: the new fashion icon of femininity?

From scandal to style icon

Monica Lewinsky
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Monica Lewinsky, the woman who shook the US political scene in the 1990s, stands today as a symbol of female power and self-confidence. Her latest fashion campaign for the brand Reformation not only reflects her inner strength, but also sends an important message about the impact of voting and civic participation.

Photographed against the city skyline in a bright, high-rise office space, Monica Lewinsky embodies the image of female power in an ankle-length black dress accented with a leather belt and leopard-print shoes. For someone who was at the center of a political scandal in the mid-1990s in the US, this was not always her reality.

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In her first fashion campaign for Reformation, Lewinsky strikes powerful poses in a monochromatic red double-breasted suit or a tailored jacket and tie. Dubbed “You've Got the Power,” the collection features office-appropriate blazers and knitwear that the brand hopes will inspire people around the world to take civil action.
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Reformation has pledged to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of one item in the collection - a cream-colored "You've Got the Power" Pop Art sweatshirt - to US non-partisan voter advocacy organization Vote.org. "A power suit alone will not create a more perfect union," says the press release. "But putting it on and going to the polls is definitely a good start."

Monica Lewinsky, who came to the White House in 1995 as an unpaid summer intern and later landed paid jobs there and at the Pentagon, became a publicly humiliated figure overnight after revelations of her sexual encounters with then-President Bill Clinton. Today, Lewinsky is a recognized speaker on the topic of harassment and a strategic advisor to the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution.

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Her fashion campaign for Reformation seems to evoke elements of Lewinsky's past. In one of the images, she is dressed head-to-toe in crimson, in the other - one of the few close-up shots - she wears dark glasses, usually designed to avoid paparazzi, as she stares ahead, impervious to the camera's flash.

"You can't run away from your story," she told Vanity Fair last year, on the 25th anniversary of the scandal. "Perhaps the hardest idea I've had to come to terms with is that you can't throw away or free yourself from the 1998 self... You can only try to integrate your former selves with as much compassion as you can muster."

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Conclusion: Monica Lewinsky has come a long way from the days of her public disgrace to today, where she stands as a symbol of power, transformation and influence. Her latest campaign for Reformation is more than just a fashion statement; is a call to action that reminds us of the power each individual has when it comes to shaping our society.

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