Paulina Porizkova, 58, opens up about being a 'woman with wrinkles on the cover of a magazine'

The supermodel opened up about age representation in media and the invisibility of "seasoned" women like herself.

Paulina Porizkova is getting real about representation for
Paulina Porizkova is getting real about representation for "seasoned" women who are often left invisible. (Photo by Georg Wendt/picture alliance via Getty Images) (picture alliance via Getty Images)

Paulina Porizkova is celebrating aging and representation.

In a powerful Instagram post on Tuesday, the 58-year-old supermodel sparked a conversation about ageism and representation in media alongside a photo of her face — "wrinkles" and all — on the front cover of Marianne magazine.

"Look, a woman with wrinkles on the cover of a magazine. Representation matters," Porizkova wrote in her post's caption. "This is something underrepresented groups know all too well. Being represented means being validated. There is a space for you in the world."

Porizkova highlighted the pervasive lack of representation for women who fall between youth and old age. She pointed out that media often portrays women with wrinkles solely as elderly individuals and neglects those who are not young but not quite old yet.

"Where does that leave us older (I like 'seasoned'), no longer young, but not yet old? It leaves us unrepresented, and as such, invisible," Porizkova noted. "Despite owning a few mirrors, I find representation of women with wrinkles in the media almost, shocking?

"In a world of almost bland perfection, it's this pause that makes [us] stop scrolling and take a moment to actually see a woman with wrinkles! She looks like me! And I feel, relief? I'm not the only one to look like this — even if most of the images tell me otherwise."

She concluded her message with a reminder that the narrow standards of beauty don't define anyone's worth.

"This is as much a pep talk for myself as it is you," she penned.

Porizkova's inspirational message quickly garnered supportive comments and praise from fans in the comments section.

"They are beautiful life lines and we've earned them," an Instagram user shared. "This photo reminds me of how leaning into it emits a beauty beyond compare."

"It's like you are inside my head. Beautifully said and beautiful cover. Honest representation of all types of aging is key to changing this suffocating narrative for all women," someone else added.

"I am fully leaning into my crone era," another quipped.

A commenter replied: "I just love what you said about changing the world's perception vs. changing our appearance. Yes! So perfectly put. And the cover photo is wonderful!"

In March, Porizkova shared a sultry snap posing in front of a fireplace wearing a matching black underwear set. She paired the look with black leather boots and a red cashmere cardigan. While many praised her for the daring photo, Porizkova rounded up a handful of comments from others who found the picture distasteful and fired back at their criticism.

"The self-objectification just to prove how well you're aging proves how little pride you really have," one commenter wrote.

"Sure, that is what 58 looks like with lots of money," someone weighed in, adding that Porizkova is "not representative" of most women her age.

Porizkova replied to the "naysayers" in her caption, saying, "Most of you are wonderfully supportive and understand what I'm trying to do in representing an older woman as still sexy and viable, and certainly not invisible.

"What is truly sad here are the obvious insecurities of women who cannot find space to love themselves for who they are."

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