She’s dominated Twitter, Facebook and most of the news channels all week, and today Samantha Brick fought her corner on ITV’s This Morning.
After claiming her life has been blighted by her beauty, Brick appeared on the sofa alongside psychologist Emma Kenny to talk about the backlash.
Two days ago, Brick had revealed in the Daily Mail that even when dressed down in a "demure, albeit pretty, top" she attracts the ire of fellow women and "snarky comments". Scroll down for slideshow images of Samantha Brick on This Morning and shots of the journalist at home with her husband
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She recounts the time the pilot of her plane sent her a bottle of champagne in admiration for her beauty, how barmen frequently wave away her money when she tries to pay for drinks and the occasion a stranger in the street randomly presented her with a bouquet of flowers.
She wrote: "Whenever I’ve asked what I’ve done to deserve such treatment, the donors of these gifts have always said the same thing: my pleasing appearance and pretty smile made their day."
But today Brick appeared to backpedal somewhat, telling This Morning hosts Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford: "I'm 41. Those things don't happen to me every day of the week. These are half a dozen encounters that have happened over 41 years.
"You'll appreciate the feature is 1,200 words, it's a compression of all my experiences into that. That's one tiny aspect of who I am as a human being and I've put it into a feature. Of course I'm not surprised that people think 'What an arrogant person'."
"So what you're actually then saying is that this is a very minority of experiences?" asked Kenny.
"These are experiences that have happened to me without question," shot back Brick.
"But on a minor level?" asked Kenny, before Brick replied: "Well, no."
"So on a major level?" persisted Kenny, leaving Brick to admit there were "shades of grey".
Langsford weighed in with the suggestion Brick may give off "an air of arrogance and superiority", adding "maybe that's why the women don't like you, not because you're pretty or beautiful?"
But Brick held her ground, stating: "Women are not nice to each other. They always stab each other in the back. In my experience anyway."
Judge and jury: Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV's This Morning
She added: "Perhaps people are mistaking self-confidence for arrogance."
Kenny said: "It is the suggestion that women, generically and in society don't like you because you're pretty. From my point of view, I have never felt, as a woman, dislike because of the way that I look and I have definitely not disliked other women for it."
Dressed in jeans and a modest navy blue top, Brick looked momentarily tongue-tied when Holmes looked her dead in the eye and asked her if she believed she was beautiful.
Recovering her composure, Brick answered: "Do I think I'm attractive? Yes, I do."
When Holmes pressed her, asking her hypothetically how many men out of ten would fancy her at a dinner party, Brick turned coy and refused to answer before quipping: "All of them Eamon!"
Bizarrely, Brick told how she'd been inspired to write the piece after encountering a female acquaintance as she walked her dogs in the French countryside, where she lives with her husband Pascal Rubinat.
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Brick told how she waved at the woman, whose children frequently stay at her home, but got no response, recalling: "I thought, 'blimey'."
Holmes responded by wondering aloud whether the woman had even seen her: "Maybe she's like me and she needs glasses?"
When asked whether she regretted writing the piece, she was adamant: "No I don't. I pitched the article under the header 'Why does the sisterhood not like attractive women?' and I stand by that.
"Women do not like attractive women.
"Over the past 48 hours I've had thousands of emails to my personal account, not to mention all the rubbish on Twitter.
"And women have fallen into two camps. They've either gone: 'You're off your head, you're a nutter, what are you on about, you're really arrogant', or they've said to me 'You've reiterated the story of my life, thank you, It's really difficult when you are perceived as being attractive, other women do not like it'."
A nervous-looking Brick added: "In hindsight I wish I'd written it more tongue-in-cheek."
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