Samantha Brick: media-savvy beauty or just plain delusional?
Angry backlash over Brick's 'women hate me for being beautiful' article is a victory for Daily Mail
SAMANTHA BRICK'S claim in the Daily Mail yesterday that women hate her for being beautiful prompted a backlash so brutal that the writer was left in tears. But the narcissistic journalist can console herself with the knowledge that her follow-up piece today has been promoted on the front page with the newspaper boasting that "millions have been talking about it".
If you didn't have a chance to read her original article, Jezebel helpfully summarises it as a "million-word humble-brag" about how "terrifically difficult it is to go through life as a magnificent beauty".
Poor Brick can't walk down the street without men showering her in flowers and free champagne but, alas, women discriminate against her because of her looks. She says she has been passed over for promotions, has never been chosen as a bridesmaid and has been dropped by countless friends who "felt threatened" if she was "merely in the presence of their other halves".
Brick says she is "tall, slim, blonde" and, as she is often told, "a good-looking woman".
But after looking at her pictures, readers begged to differ.
"Is it just me, or is this woman actually not nearly as attractive as she thinks she is?" one Tweeter asked. While others asked if the article was a joke, describing Brick as "at best, plain and ordinary".
Frustrated with her "delusions of grandeur", readers continued to lampoon her with comparisons to David Brent and Derek Zoolander, and comments such as "James Blunt wrote 'You're beautiful' after he briefly caught sight of Samantha Brick in a crowded place".
More than 4,500 people commented on the Daily Mail's online article and, within hours, 'Samantha Brick' was trending worldwide on Twitter, as even celebrities such as Duncan Bannatyne and Derren Brown took a pop.
Not one to miss a trick, the Daily Mail called Brick back in for a second article describing how she felt about the backlash - which was trailed on today's front page.
The 41-year-old journalist writes that the last 24 hours have been "among the most horrendous of my life" and says she was left in tears after receiving more than 1,000 'bile-filled' email messages.
But worry not. While she was tearfully dealing with the emails and calls outside a supermarket near her home in France, a young man apparently offered to park her car and get her a coffee.
And she just can't help adding: "My detractors have simply proved my point. Their level of anger only underlines that no one in this world is more reviled than a pretty woman."
Her second article has inevitably stirred up more criticism, with Brick's name still trending on Twitter in the UK 24 hours after the original piece was published.
One blogger points out that our misery has just begun. In a world of Chantelles and Sally Bercows, her notoriety is likely to take Brick from unknown hack to the doors of Celebrity Big Brother.
As Brick's original article racked up more than 1.5m hits for the newspaper and nearly 50,000 people shared it with their friends on Facebook, the newspaper noted modestly today: "There's no doubting people found her tell-all interesting."
One woman who is likely to feel a pang of jealousy is Fleet Street's most "nakedly self-obsessed" journalist Liz Jones - when Brick, as now seems inevitable, lands a regular tell-all column at the Daily Mail.