Samantha Brick's women hate me because I'm beautiful article, written for the Daily Mail, became an Internet sensation after tens of thousands of critics lambasted the 41-year-old for her self-aggrandizing comments and inflated opinion of herself. But the UK native continues to defend her article, saying I don't regret it.
Samantha Brick became a top keyword search as readers of her Daily Mail article clambered to see photos of the woman who said: I'm not smug and I'm no flirt, yet over the years I've been dropped by countless friends who felt threatened if I was merely in the presence of their other halves. If their partners dared to actually talk to me, a sudden chill would descend on the room.
Commenters on Brick's article did not have such kind words for the woman who thinks she is targeted because she is beautiful. Brick is a blonde, married writer for the Daily Mail, You and Grazia who formerly worked in television. She currently lives in a rural village in France.
I don't judge on looks, but this writer seems so deluded, I thought perhaps she needed a reality check. Sorry if this sounds mean, but the writer is not that attractive. In fact, she is only marginally ok looking. Her arrogance, however, is breathtaking, wrote commenter Annie of Toronto, Canada.
I am sorry, but this woman is not even remotely attractive, at least by the standards of New York CIty. And I find the idea that women 'hate' beautiful women to be very untrue, wrote Alex from NYC.
Honestly - I would actually not see you if I passed in the street - you are beige - forgettable, wrote commenter Chris Heywood of the UK.
But the UK native continues to stand by both her confidence and her Daily Mail article, entitled 'There are downsides to looking this pretty': Why women hate me for being beautiful.'
Do I think I'm good looking? Yes I do. Is that a crime? Brick responded when asked by Eamonn Holmes on ITV's This Morning Thursday if she thinks she is a beautiful woman.
Women do not like attractive women. I suggested the article after waving at one of my neighbours in France, someone whose boys play at my house, and she totally ignored me. It got me thinking about how the Sisterhood attack beautiful women, she said.
Samantha Brick said that the comments she received regarding her photos proved her point even further.
This whole experience has proven my thesis, she said. Women do not like attractive women. This is proven by the thousands of vile messages on my personal email account, on Twitter, and on my telephone answer machine.
She went on to say on This Morning that Gwyneth Paltrow faces a similar plight.
It's not arrogance, it's confidence. When Gwyneth Paltrow blogs about her beauty products, the same situation happens to her. She is attacked by other women, she said. Right after the original Daily Mail article was published, Brick began receiving thousands of messages to her Blackberry ranging from comments on her article to tweets to personal emails.
Brick claims that the response was 50/50 -- half was angry at her cocky attitude and boastful article; while half was thankful for her truthful words. I've had many emails from models who say they've had to develop bullet-proof skin. They thanked me for writing the story, she told the hosts of This Morning.
Many critics, however, took issue with Samantha Brick's sheer arrogance.
Here are some of the most outrageous statements from her original Daily Mail article:
Throughout my adult life, I've regularly had bottles of bubbly or wine sent to my restaurant table by men I don't know. Once, a well-dressed chap bought my train ticket when I was standing behind him in the queue, while there was another occasion when a charming gentleman paid my fare as I stepped out of a cab in Paris.
And most poignantly of all, not one girlfriend has ever asked me to be her bridesmaid. You'd think we women would applaud each other for taking pride in our appearances.
I approached a mutual friend and discreetly enquired if I'd made a faux pas [towards a neighbor]. It seems the only crime I've committed is not leaving the house with a bag over my head. She doesn't like me, I discovered, because she views me as a threat. The friend pointed out she is shorter, heavier and older than me.
It was clear that when you have a female boss, it's best to let them shine, but when you have a male boss, it's a different game: I have written in the Mail on how I have flirted to get ahead at work, something I'm sure many women do.
Now I'm 41 and probably one of very few women entering her fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks. I can't wait for the wrinkles and the grey hair that will help me blend into the background. Perhaps then the sisterhood will finally stop judging me so harshly on what I look like, and instead accept me for who I am.
This article included photos of Brick posing in a blue dress and standing next to her husband, who happened to be holding a rifle and wearing camouflage at the time.
Almost immediately, the comments started flooding in. The article quickly went viral, spreading across continents as Internet users shared the piece with friends and bashed Samantha Brick for her absurdity.
WHERE ON EARTH IS SHE LOOKING?! I want her mirror! asked one commentator.
She doesn't seem to grasp the fact that the vitriol doesn't stem from her so called beauty it stems from her delusion that she is ultra beautiful in fact so pretty that people can't bare it, the simple reason is that she isn't that though far from ugly she isn't that attractive, I do think she suffers fr p[sic] body dismorphia [sic] though, another added.
The top tweet about Samantha Brick's article reads: I've heard of beer-goggles. Samantha Brick would appear to possess a 'beer-mirror,' written by Twitter user boothby graffoe.
In her follow-up article, which was an attempt to defend the original piece and to explain her main thesis, Brick went on to compare herself to Angelina Jolie.
If Brad Pitt were to say: 'Yes, I'm a good-looking fella,' then the world would nod sagely in agreement. But if Angelina Jolie uttered something along those lines, she'd be subject to the same foaming-at-the-mouth onslaught hurled at me yesterday, she wrote.
On This Morning, Samantha Brick described her plight as a regional one.
British people are supposed to possess this false modesty that isn't expected in America or Australia. You're supposed to say you look awful if you receive a compliment, she said.
People mistake self-confidence for arrogance. But it's a fact that women can't stand beautiful women. They always stab each other in the back.