Paulina Porizkova posed topless in an Instagram photo.
The star opened up about comparing herself to other women, leading to feelings of shame.
Porizkova encouraged followers to lift up other women with empathy instead of tearing them down with hate.
There’s nobody like Paulina Porizkova. The smart, passionate, and gorgeous 58-year-old constantly shows us that aging is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, she thinks it’s something we should lean into. The former model celebrated her birthday with a makeup-free selfie and has been passionate about embracing her age and encouraging others to do the same. In an Instagram post from June 2022, the model stripped down (literally) to share her feelings about comparisons and shame, posing in just her underwear (with incredibly toned abs on full display!) to make her point.
Donning only black heels and a pair of pink underwear, Porizkova took the opportunity to be vulnerable with her followers and open up about constantly comparing herself to other women her age.
“Did you know we are programmed, as humans, to compare ourselves to others? We can’t avoid comparing. But we can control our reactions to the comparisons,” Porizkova wrote in the post’s caption at the time. “I’m a 57-year-old woman, starting my life over. I compare myself to other women my age all the time. When I fit in, but somehow feel like I also stand out in a positive way, I feel good about myself. When I fail, I feel ashamed.”
She continued, “Shame tells me I’m not good enough. So, my first instinct is to turn it around and shame the person who has caused my shame. If I went with it, I’d be posting snarky shaming comments on other women’s feeds.”
We’ve all been there. But the actress offered some insight in the ultra-relatable post on ways we can recognize the comparisons and shame and turn the feelings into something beautiful.
“The antidote to shame, which is all inward and egocentric, is empathy. Facing out, with spiritual generosity,” she wrote in the Instagram post. “When I recognize my shame, ‘I don’t look as young, I’m not as rich, or pretty, or successful, or accomplished, or as loved,’ as the woman I am comparing myself to, I can turn it around.”
Porizkova encouraged followers to lift other women up, instead of attacking them with hurtful words. She continued, “I can allow her to inspire me instead. I can celebrate and admire, instead of throwing mud. And that’s a win for all.”
The former America’s Next Top Model judge ended her caption by sharing some of her insecurities and admitting, “The only thing retouched in this photo is the painting in the back.”
She concluded, “To all you, my fellow sisters, notice the crepiness of my lower belly, which is what happens when you’ve borne two kids, are thin, and 57, regardless of how good your abs are. I’ve decided to think of it as kinda sexy–like rumpled silk sheets instead of a smoothly made bed. It has a history of making love.”
This isn’t the first time Porizkova has opened up about her body image and her struggle with comparing herself to others. In between posting stunning swimsuit selfies to show off her strength, she took the opportunity to clap back at trolls who told her she was too “old and ugly” to post swimsuit pics.
The actress has spoken out about how harmful ageism is, and loves to embrace aging by showing off gray hair on social media. “Aging is the privilege of living a long life. You can fight it or accept it. But there is a third choice. Embrace it,” Porizkova wrote in the caption of a February 2023 Instagram post. “Embracing it means both acceptance and battle. Accepting there are inevitable changes on the inside and the outside. And both are valuable. As your inner power grows, your wrinkles reflect the time you’ve spent getting more powerful.”
We love Porizkova’s message, and can’t wait to see what insightful thoughts she shares next.
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