Samantha Brick, Daily Mail writer who wrote an opinion piece claiming that women hated her for being beautiful, insisted that she had no regrets.
Brick's opinion piece was published by the Daily Mail Tuesday which saw more than 4,500 comments left on the article. The French writer began trending on Twitter Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported that Brick's article had got more than 1.5 million hits and was shared almost 50,000 times on Facebook.
Throughout my adult life, I've regularly had bottles of bubbly or wine sent to my restaurant table by men I don't know, the article reads.
While I'm no Elle Macpherson, I'm tall, slim, blonde and, so I'm often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty - the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks, Bricks described herself in the article.
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The opinion piece was followed up by one more article which was published Wednesday morning. In the follow up piece, Brick said that among the most horrendous of my life.
Brick said the response she got for her first piece was extraordinary in its volume and vitriol and beyond anything I could have imagined when I first started work at my keyboard.
She confessed that she was aware that the article, The Downsides of Looking This pretty: Why Women Hate Me for Being Beautiful?, would spark debate. She explained to the editor, I was fully aware I was setting myself up for a fall.
Yet even I could never have imagined the fury my piece would spawn and the thousands upon thousands of nasty comments I've been subjected to since it was published, she said.
Other people who don't know me have queued up to call me ugly, stupid, a b****. Then there are those who have sought out my email address and bombarded my inbox with bile-filled messages - over 1,000 so far.
I've had malicious mail from everyone from Swedish crime writers to bored housewives asking me what planet I'm on for daring to write such a feature.
After that opinion piece was published, Brick's phone was flooded with calls from media asking her to defend herself in the face of the Twitterstorm.
She said most of the people accepted that she was all right as a person and had a point in writing the piece.
Defending herself, Brick said, No one bothered to ask how I was coping. But what everyone wanted to know, vulture-like, was what it's like to be so hated and reviled. Well, I'll tell you what it's like: it's soul-destroying.
However, in her follow up piece, Brick said: Yes, I have cried on and off all day. But do I regret my article? Not at all. I know I'm risking the wrath of the online community once more, but there is an irony to yesterday.
While I was tearfully dealing with the emails and calls outside the supermarket, a young man approached me, offered to park my car and even get me a coffee. He could see I was having a tough time - and yes, my looks had helped me out again.
I know women reading this will think I deserve to be attacked again. But why should I be? Yes, I'm a good-looking woman - albeit one that has feelings, too.