Paulina Porizkova gets real about aging in candid interview: 'I don't want to eliminate my age'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Paulina Porizkova attends Goodwill's Evening of Treasures at Tapestry on April 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Paulina Porizkova opened up to Women's Wear Daily about social media, beauty and aging. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Paulina Porizkova isn't afraid to bare it all.

While promoting the upcoming release of her new book, No Filter: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful, which comes out on Nov. 15, the Swedish supermodel opened up about beauty, grief and aging in a recent interview with Women's Wear Daily (WWD).

The 57-year-old has gained a following for her honest Instagram posts surrounding the modelling industry, fitness and getting older — and this conversation is no exception.

When asked about writing her new memoir, Porizkova revealed that it was her Instagram account that pushed her to take the leap.

Specifically, she revealed that as she already posts her "thoughts and processes and emotions" on the app, she'd use her account as a base to go "more in-depth" in the book.

Despite the mother-of-two's social media success, it was the grief after her husband's death that sparked her interest in the online world.

"When my husband died and COVID-19 happened, I was so f–king lonely and sad and devastated and there was nobody but me. So literally [social media] was me sort of reaching out," she explains. "...The remarkable thing was that there were so many people suffering at the same time and people that were dealing with my open grief resonated because so many people were going through it."

With a follower count of 840,000, the actress's posts have certainly resonated with many people, especially women of a similar age who have approached her on the street and thanked her for being so vulnerable.

That said, with online fame comes a slew of haters who have criticized her bikini or nude photos. However, instead of blocking online trolls, she chooses to embrace them.

"I just want to look as good as I can given the limitations."Paulina Porizkova

"Most of the people I know in the public eye, they will just disregard it. They will just block it. They will have someone else clean their feeds for them. It actually stimulates my brain," Porizkova says.

Part and parcel of sharing her life online, the model has been open about her beauty regime and "subtle" treatments she uses to look her best.

While Porizkova hasn't used a needle, she told WWD that she's partakes in noninvasive options like face yoga and oxygen facials.

"I just want a little subtle help. I don’t want any drastic stuff. I don’t want to eliminate my age. I just want to look as good as I can given the limitations," she adds.

Despite the fact that Porizkova believes some women look "wonderful" with injectables, the Sports Illustrated alum finds that they reduce the ability for someone to express themselves.

"I really like the fact that I can have a conversation with you and I can react to what you say and you’ll know exactly what I think," she explains. "...It’s clearly visible on my face and I feel like isn’t that what are faces are for? To communicate? The communication thing is more important than looking beautiful at this point so I don’t want to take that away."

"The communication thing is more important than looking beautiful at this point so I don’t want to take that away."Paulina Porizkova

But when people do decide to get cosmetic work done, the model wishes they'd admit it to avoid setting unrealistic beauty standards.

Yet Porizkova isn't the only celebrity looking to change the conversation around beauty and aging. Brooke Shields has launched Beginning Is Now, a wellness platform that promotes "positivity" and "opportunity" among women ages 40 and up.

Additionally, actress Naomi Watts recently launched Stripes, a menopausal beauty brand aimed at ending the "shame and secrecy" surrounding menopause.

However, Porizkova isn't interested in brands or businesses. Instead, she's focussing her efforts on her craft — writing.

"Honestly, I’m a writer. I’m not a businesswoman. What I really do enjoy is writing and connecting and communicating..." she says.

At the end of the conversation, Porizkova explains that she's not one to give out advice, especially to younger models "because it's such a different business."

That said, she does communicate one parting thought: "If you’re making money, make sure you put it away, make sure it’s in your own bank account and don’t give it to anybody else."

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