On Embracing Age...
She made the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in both 1984 and in 1985. Harper’s Bazaar named her as one of the most 10 beautiful women of 1992. She took home the highest-paying modelling contract to date, in 1988, a six-million dollar contract with Estée Lauder.
The Czech-born former supermodel Paulina Porizkova made the headlines once again this week, this time for an age-positive social media post about her neck.
Porizkova’s Instagram account is honestly inspirational. She encourages women to rock that triangle bikini regardless of body type and age. She challenges society’s silly notion that older women are invisible and of little value (actually there are a whole bunch of IG people who are proving this outdated idea wrong, thankfully!).
Granted the 54-year-old is beautiful but she, like everybody else, still has worries about her changing body. Porizkova posted a photo of her neck on Monday. The photograph is gorgeous, naturally, and was published in Czech Elle magazine last year.
“How many of us hate our necks?” Porizkova asked in her IG post. “I hated mine until I saw this photo… And here, I sort of love it. The ropey parts, sharply defined and angular, suit me I think. I like the decisiveness of my neck. I look to be on my way somewhere, looking forward to it, being on my way. Like two sales in the wind…”
The comments from others – women and men – are pretty cool.
Ann Kennedy Thomas wrote, “I had thyroid surgery twice for thyroid cancer and had my neck spliced open w a bad scar. I don’t love the way it looks but I think… hey, I’m here and I’m healthy! Chicken neck in all my glory!”
Another babe, actress Gena Lee Nolin (Baywatch) wrote: “Well, we’ve got something in common… thank God! I have the same ropes and they’re definitely on their way to somewhere groovy! Aging isn’t as horrible as I had thought it would be. I’ve had to look deep within and what I’ve found is pretty darn beautiful!”
An earlier post of Porizkova’s also tackled the issue of aging. She “aged” half her face for a make-up test and while she said she hasn’t done any injectables or surgery, she doesn’t begrudge those who do.
“Until our society smartens up and changes, we, women, will feel undervalued if we are not pretty or young. So, of course we put a lot into our looks - it is what determines whether or not we’re seen! (BTW, it’s a lot easier to be heard when you ARE seen). Those of us who chose injectables and surgery are no less valuable for wanting to be relevant and treated as human beings. It’s only another way to battle ageism and misogyny.”
We love her message. Keep preaching, sister!