30 years later: That time when Michael Lewis humblebragged about dating a hot woman

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis, the man known for his charismatic writing on subject matter like collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities is the author of compulsive best sellers like Moneyball, Liar’s Poker and The Big Short. Lewis has made a name in the world of financial journalism with his books turning into Hollywood movies.

But back in 1994, when Michael Lewis was a senior editor for The New Republic, he tried to tackle a topic, the one that’s been in the conversation once again with this New York Post’s this week article: The difficulties of a man being with a smoking-hot woman.

Michael was brutally scrutinized for his humblebrag about dating a hot woman which he described as ornamental beauty. According to Vanity Fair, it was “The most ill-conceived work of his career”. Soon, Lewis was in hot waters, with his column drawing a plethora of controversies, letters, angry faxes, and phone calls.

The detailed piece titled “Scenic beauty” was allegedly about her then-wife and a former model, He explained how “Living in the shadow of that beauty is a “weird degradation”.

Lewis’s derogatory piece was rediscovered when the New York Post came up with a similar article “Why I won’t date hot women anymore” about a man who shares his insight on why it’s difficult to hook up to attractive models for long.

Don Rockhind, the fed up guy, interviewed for the New York Post’s aforementioned piece, tells the paper, “Beautiful women who get a fair amount of attention get full of themselves". He further says that he has now stopped looking for a swimsuit model as he is now settled with a woman who isn’t a swimsuit model but still gorgeous.

There isn’t a doubt that Lewis’ piece was written much better in his trademark conversational tone, both articles had the same conclusion: objectifying women.

Later in the article, Lewis explains the details about how he was bale to bag a babe that was featured in the New York Times Ad for the Bloomingdale’s hosiery department. As there weren’t any pictures released with the article, Lewis explains the advertisement in the following words:

"It depicts a young woman, to me terrifyingly beautiful, reclining in midair, clad in a black slip and spiked heels. Her head tilts back, exposing the delicate line of her neck and making a Niagara of her thick golden hair,” he writes. “She curls one of her long slender legs under her perfectly shaped bottom; the other she kicks up to the top of the page like a dancer in a chorus line,” he writes. “What is shocking is that the women in it are now my wife.”

Lewis proposed her then-wife, Kate Bohner, just after three weeks of dating. According to Vanity Fair, he plunged into a jewelry shop and proposed Bohner with a whopping $30,000 ring. The marriage, however, didn’t last for long and the two got divorced.

Three years after the column was published, Lewis got married to a former MTV newscaster and photographer, Tabitha Soren. The couple is still living together with three kids.

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