TIME relationships

Monica Lewinsky: Starr Report Aftermath Was ‘Violation After Violation’

"I was a virgin to humiliation"

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After more than a decade of mostly hiding from the public eye, Monica Lewinksy has decided it’s time to “time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress” and start telling her side of a story that dominated headlines for months in the late 1990s.

In her first television interview since 2003, Lewinsky opened up about what it was like living in the wake of the Starr Report, which investigated a series of scandals involving the Clinton White House — including allegations that President Bill Clinton had oral sex with Lewinsky while she was a White House intern.

“I was a virgin to humiliation of that level, until that day,” she said in an upcoming National Geographic documentary called The 90s: The Last Great Decade. “To have my narrative ripped from me, and turned into the Starr report, and things that were turned over or things they delved out of my computer that I thought were deleted. I mean it was just violation after violation.”

A Today Show segment featuring a sneak peek of her interview showed Lewinsky discussing the sexism she faced as well.

“To be called stupid, and a slut, and a bimbo, and ditzy, and to be taken out of context, it was excruciating,” she said.

The interview follows the publication of an impassioned essay Lewinsky wrote for Vanity Fair in May that discussed what it was like to survive in a culture of humiliation.

The 90s: The Last Great Decade premieres Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel.

TIME Transportation

Teen Airplane Stowaway: ‘I Could See Through the Little Holes’

Abdi has given his first interview since the April flight

A teen stowaway who survived a ride from California to Hawaii in a passenger jet’s wheel well earlier this year told a California CBS affiliate Tuesday that he randomly selected the plane in which he hid during the five-and-a-half hour flight.

The interview was Yahye Abdi’s first since his harrowing journey, which has dumbfounded medical professionals — people typically quickly lose brain function when more 35,000 feet above the ground without oxygen or pressurization systems.

Abdi told KPIX the ride wasn’t scary, though he couldn’t believe he survived. “It was above the clouds, I could see through the little holes,” the teen said.

Abdi, a 15-year-old Somali immigrant, says he ran away from home in April because he was unhappy in California with his stepmom. The teen also said he wanted to see his mother, as the two have not been with one another since Abdi was 7-years-old.

“I only did it because I didn’t want to live with my stepmom,” Abdi said. “Second of all, I wanted to find my mom. I haven’t seen her since I was young.”

“I took that plane because it was the closest one I could find that was going to go West,” he added. The teen is currently staying in a foster home, he plans to move to Minnesota to live with his aunt.

His advice for kids thinking about hopping on planes: “They shouldn’t run away, because sometimes they will end up dying.”


TIME 2016 Election

These Were Hillary Clinton’s Options For a Different Book Title

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Hillary Clinton delivers the Keynote Address at the 35th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference Paul Marotta—Getty Images

Hillary Clinton gave her first at-home interview since leaving her government post in 2013 to PEOPLE

PEOPLE magazine scored Hillary Clinton’s first at-home interview since she left government last year, and the potential presidential candidate offered a preview of her new book Hard Choices on Tuesday.

“I considered a number of titles,” the former secretary of state writes in a newly-released excerpt. “Helpfully, The Washington Post asked its readers to send in suggestions. One proposed It Takes a World, a fitting sequel to [my previous book,] It Takes a Village. My favorite was The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It’s Still All about My Hair.”

PEOPLE’s interview with Clinton hits newsstands June 6.

Read more at PEOPLE.


TIME Media

Michael Sam: I Was Going to Wait to Come Out

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Michael Sam PEOPLE

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team says he was originally planning on waiting until after the league's draft to reveal his sexuality. Sam was picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine, recent St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam said he originally planned to come out as gay after the NFL draft.

“When I came out in February, it actually wasn’t the time I wanted to come out,” Sam said. “I was going to come out to my [pro] team—whoever drafted me.”

Sam, whose February announcement led to him becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL, also shared that he felt blessed to have the support of his teammates at the University of Missouri. “Everyone in that program was so respectful of me, I wanted to give them all I got,” Sam said.

Read more at PEOPLE.




TIME celebrities

Lupita Nyong’o Hits Washington D.C.

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Lupita Nyong'o and TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the TIME/People WHCD cocktail party at St Regis Hotel - Astor Terrace on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Larry Busacca—Getty Images for TIME

The Oscar winner, recently named 2014's Most Beautiful Person by People, says she's excited for the White House Correspondents' Dinner tonight and is "looking forward to seeing the president." Nyong’o has rocketed to fame since appearing in 12 Years a Slave

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o said there’s one celebrity in particular she’s excited to see at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the president,” said Nyong’o at the annual TIME/People pre-White House Correspondents Association dinner cocktail party on Friday.

The 31-year-old has rocketed to fame since appearing as the slave Patsy in 12 Years a Slave, winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress and being named the face of Lancôme before being named the Most Beautiful person of 2014 by People.

But all that attention hasn’t gone to Nyong’o’s head. “It’s just a reminder that things are bigger than yourself,” she said. “It shows the power of pursuing your goals and ambitions.”

TIME celebrities

Scandal‘s President Wants Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office

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Tony Goldwyn and Dan Bucatinsky at the TIME/People WHCD cocktail party at St Regis Hotel - Astor Terrace on May 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Larry Busacca—Getty Images for TIME

Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on the hit ABC show, thinks the former First Lady would make a great commander-in-chief

Tony Goldwyn may stand in the Oval Office every week on the set of ABC’s Scandal, but the actor—who plays President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant on the hit show—called standing in the real deal “surreal.”

“I looked up to see if there were any cameras but I couldn’t find any,” the actor told TIME of his visit to the White House this week. “There’s also a ceiling in the real office—there’s no ceiling in ours.”

Goldwyn and many other Scandal cast members attended the TIME/People pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party on Friday. And though the actor who plays the show’s president says he drew inspiration for his character from Presidents Obama, Clinton and Kennedy, the person he’d most like to see as commander-in-chief was once a First Lady.

“[Hillary Clinton] is the most qualified candidate out there,” Goldwyn said. “She’s got the intelligence, she’s inspiring, and she’s tough.”

TIME celebrities

Meghan McCain Says Washington Doesn’t Get Millennials

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Meghan McCain Michael Loccisano—Getty Images for TIME

The daughter of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that youngsters don’t like labels and Washington can’t quite understand it

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, says there’s one thing Washington really can’t seem to get right: millennials.

“Washington is getting so many things wrong about young people,” McCain, the host of an upcoming TV series on politics for cable channel Pivot, told TIME at the Time/People pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner cocktail party on Friday. The district, she said, needs to start paying more attention to the demographic.

Youngsters can be socially liberal and fiscally conservative, she said, but politicians such as her father, former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R—Ariz)—can’t seem to fully grasp that. “Washington is not having a nuanced conversation about young people,” McCain says. But the host of the new late-night series hopes her show can help bring some of those conversations to the forefront, particularly as the 2014 midterm elections near.

TIME celebrities

Veep Star Met Real-Life Vice President Joe Biden

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attends the "Sister" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater on April 25, 2014 in New York City. Mike Coppola—Getty Images

Reid Scott, star of HBO’s Veep, recently met Joe Biden in Las Vegas, the actor tells TIME. Scott plays the deputy communications director to the Vice President on the sitcom and said the experience was instructive

Reid Scott, star of HBO’s VEEP, recently met with real life Vice President Joe Biden — who asked him to talk to him as if he was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ vice president character on the hit sitcom, curse words and all.

“He told me to talk to him the way I talk to the VP on the show,” Scott, who plays deputy communications director Dan on the show, told TIME at the TIME/People cocktail party held Friday at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C. And he obliged, after sharing a chat about the NCAA tournament with his fellow Syracuse alum. “I dropped a couple of F-bombs,” the actor joked.

Though the actor insisted government officials can only learn “what not to do” from the show, he said his meeting with Biden in Las Vegas was instructive. But, when asked if he had to decide between Vice President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, the star was stumped. “In a perfect world, they would both run,” Scott says. “It’ll have to come down to a coin flip for me.”

TIME beauty

Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o are on the Covers of TIME and People and It Is a Big Deal

Having two black women— representing different types of black beauty— on two storied covers is something to celebrate

On Thursday, the hashtag #WhatIsPretty trended on Twitter, inspiring men and women across the globe to share photos of what they consider beautiful. And on Thursday, the covers of two of the world’s largest magazines, TIME and People had a resounding answer: black women.

People named the Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o “The World’s Most Beautiful Person of 2014.” And the ever-flawless Beyoncé graces the cover of TIME magazine’s issue about the world’s most influential people. (Both magazines are published by Time Inc.)

Two black women from different ends of the spectrum of beauty—one with deep brown skin a short natural ‘do, the other with flowing blonde tresses and skin like creamy caramel—were chosen to represent the most beautiful and most influential women in the world. That’s something to celebrate.

Photograph by Paola Kudacki for TIME

It would be easy to dismiss the covers as revering of the fickle world of celebrity or to brush the two off as “it girls” who will dominate headlines for a year or so and fade to the background when another, more hot woman catches the interest of Hollywood.

It’s much harder to ignore the importance of this moment for little brown and black girls who will see these covers on supermarket shelves and think for a second, “hey, she looks just like me.”

There are countless documentaries, news stories, think pieces, tweets, and soapbox moments that show black women still have a ways to go until their “black” is seen as beautiful by all. The recent documentary film “Dark Girls” dug deeply into the everyday struggles with acceptance and beauty facing brown skin women in America. African American girls have with their personal and society’s perceptions of their beauty. Lupita has described herself as “night shade” and was even quoted in People saying she considered “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair” beautiful as a young girl. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”


And earlier in April, the U.S. Army issued new grooming rules that reminded African American women that the hairstyles we choose are still described using words like “unkempt” and “unruly.”(And when those words don’t’ fit, we’re often questioned about whether or not the hair on our heads grows from our scalps or was bought in a store.)

Unfortunately, these moments are still too common and are representative of the deep-rooted racism our society is still struggling to overcome. In no way are two magazine covers going to change that, but you know what? Beyoncé championed her self-titled album as a message on finding the beauty in imperfection and that’s what we should do here. Recognize the beauty of all women despite the imperfect standards placed upon them.

For this not-so-little brown girl, who once questioned why her naturally curly coils didn’t fall straight; who once asked her mom why there weren’t a lot of little brown girls in TV commercials, knowing a generation of girls will grow up seeing women breaking the mold of what is traditionally seen as beautiful thrust in the face of society makes me feel good. And it should make you feel good, too.

TIME celebrities

Julia Roberts Shares Her Heartbreak Over Half Sister’s Death

Actress Julia Roberts attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Actress Julia Roberts attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Jason Merritt—Getty Images

The actress opened up about her grief over Nancy Motes' death in an interview with WSJ Magazine

Actress Julia Roberts described the sudden death of her half-sister Nancy Motes as “just heartbreak.” The 46-year-old star spoke to WSJ Magazine magazine just 20 days after Motes was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in February, although the interview was not published until today.

“It’s just heartbreak,” Roberts said, adding, “There aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It’s hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.” Motes, who was found dead in Los Angeles on February 9, was 37 and had worked as a production assistant on Glee. The cause of death has not been released.

“You don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world,” Roberts said. “But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair we must find a way, as a family.”

Roberts told the magazine she had been practicing meditation and chanting in order to stay calm, a practice she passed along to her children. “We share and just say, ‘This is a way I comfort myself,'” Roberts said.

The full interview, available here, was conducted to promote an upcoming HBO film “The Normal Heart,” which stars Roberts.


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