Martha Stewart says she was sexually harassed during modeling days

Martha Stewart is joining the national conversation on sexual harassment.

The domestic goddess revealed her troubling experience as a 16-year-old model.

“I was asked to wear a bikini under my clothes,” Stewart, 76, told People. “I thought, ‘Oh, maybe we’re doing a beach commercial or something.’ So I go into the room and there’s a table with all men sitting around it and it’s an advertisement agency, I can’t remember which one it was. They said, ‘Now you can take your clothes off.’”

Stewart says she responded, “‘Oh, is this where are we doing the commercial? Are we wearing bikinis in the commercial?’ They said, ‘No, but as long as you’re here we might as well see what you look like.’”

“I thought that was harassment of the first order,” Stewart recalled.

Stewart was able to think fast and act even faster before the situation escalated.

“I just walked out of the room,” she shared. “I said, ‘I’m sorry, gentlemen. This is not what I’m here for.’ And I left.”

She says her core values instilled by her family gave her the tools to operate with strength.

“I think women just have to understand that you can say no,” she said. “You can walk out of the room. It might hurt your career, so you’ll find something better somewhere else.”

Her story comes on the heels of numerous women sharing their own harrowing experiences of sexual harassment, abuse and rape in the wake of rampant Harvey Weinstein accusations. Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Asia Argento are among those who have accused Weinstein of either assault or harassment, and Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and more have come forward with other Hollywood stories.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.