Megyn Kelly reflects on 'sexy' black dress that elicited criticism at 2016 Republican National Convention

Megyn Kelly has no regrets about one of her most controversial fashion choices -- in fact, she says, it was one of the most empowering decisions she's made through her entire career.

Speaking to The Cut, Kelly reflected on the controversy that erupted after she wore a black spaghetti-strap dress while reporting on Fox News live from the 2016 Republican National Convention. The outfit choice, she says, was very deliberate.

"I put on the most feminine thing I had, and I rocked the coverage," Kelly said. "I asked all my normal questions, which are always probing and often merciless, in my sexy dress. Just because I’m blonde and I have my sexy dress on doesn’t make me a bimbo."

At the time, Kelly's name frequently appeared in national headlines, but not for news she'd made on her own: Then-nominee Donald Trump had repeatedly leveraged insults against the anchor, and she was also outed as an accuser against Roger Ailes, Fox News' then-chairman and CEO.

Both publicly and privately, Kelly said, she was a target of scrutiny and ridicule, even from colleague she'd considered friends.

"Let me tell you, it would have been much easier at Fox News to not say anything about Roger Ailes. Roger and I got along just fine. He loved me," she said. "I would have had a long and profitable career had Roger stayed at the helm, but it would have been the wrong thing to do once confronted with the allegations that I read in the paper."

And as for Trump, Kelly has come to better understand -- as well as one can -- how to handle unwanted attention from the president.

"After the debate, Trump tried to bully me for nine months," Kelly sad. "I don’t know what’s in his head, but I do think he was genuinely angry in the beginning. Then I believe he enjoyed the narrative. He likes to create media stories, and I became one of his favorites. Once, I went to Trump Tower and told him I was not enjoying it. He agreed to let it go, but he was sorry to see it go because I do think he enjoyed the thread."

Read Megyn Kelly's full interview with The Cut here.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Megyn Kelly (R) and Douglas Brunt attend New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration at David Geffen Hall on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for New York Philharmonic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas Baldwin, Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt attend New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration at David Geffen Hall on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for New York Philharmonic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Novelist Douglas Brunt (L) and Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly attend the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Novelist Douglas Brunt, journalist Megyn Kelly, Dannielynn Birkhead, and Larry Birkhead are seen around the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Megyn Kelly (L) and Douglas Brunt attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Douglas Brunt (L) and Megyn Kelly attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2015 WHCA Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF16/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: (L-R) Douglas Brunt, Megyn Kelly and Lloyd Grove attend The Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hollywood Reporter )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF16/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Novelist Douglas Brunt (L) and journalist Megyn Kelly arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Journalist Mark Leibovich, Douglas Brunt, journalist Megyn Kelly, and journalist Jim Rutenberg attend The New York Times Magazine Relaunch Event on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Douglas Brunt and journalist Megyn Kelly attend The New York Times Magazine Relaunch Event on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Writer Douglas Brunt (L) and Honoree Megyn Kelly attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
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