Paulina Porizkova responded to a cosmetic surgeon on Instagram who said her face needs “fixing.”
In a series of posts, the supermodel revealed that she has had a few cosmetic procedures and that she wants to “strike a balance between being proud to look my age and still get to feel pretty at times.”
The 57-year-old encouraged others to reconsider what kind of beauty they celebrate.
Whether clapping back at haters who tell her she’s “too old and ugly” to post bikini pics, or posting an unretouched topless IG pic, Paulina Porizkova never shies away from speaking her mind. And she seems to have no plans to stop anytime soon. In a recent series of Instagram posts the 57-year-old clapped back at a cosmetic surgeon who pointed out all of the things that Porizkova needed “fixing.”
“I found this photo, which I have posted here before, (and thought I looked great in) reposted here on IG by a cosmetic surgeon, and discussing in detail what I needed done,” she captioned a post on Friday. “Those pesky hollows under my cheeks could be gotten rid of with fillers, Botox for my forehead, those wrinkles on the side of my mouth, and the chords in my neck, and a whole bunch of lasers to tighten and smooth and tighten everything.”
The cosmetic surgeon’s photo in question appears to have been deleted. But, it definitely left a mark on the star.
“This is what an older woman in the public eye gets to deal with,” she wrote. “I’m told my face needs ‘fixing.’ It has somehow gone ‘wrong’ by aging. Is it any wonder that most of us who have the means will resort to some forms of fixing what we’re told is broken?”
Porizkova admitted that she has tried “laser treatments” and the “plasma pen,” but that despite dabbling in these cosmetic procedures, she still strives to find a way to look and feel good in her own body. “I’d like to strike a balance between being proud to look my age and still get to feel pretty at times,” she wrote. “In my job, I’m faced with my own face in almost unnatural detail—and although I have come to accept most of it, I still have a rough time accepting it all.”
And one thing that definitely isn’t helpful? Having someone point out every alleged flaw. Porizkova responded to the cosmetic surgeon: “But telling a woman what she ‘needs’ to do herself in order to be seen as attractive, whether it’s hair color, makeup, skin cream, or clothing—or the more invasive options—is shaming her,” she wrote.
Instead of pointing out one another’s flaws, Porizkova wants us to focus on something more uplifting. “Find what you think is beautiful in your friends and point it out. The best way to support one another is to celebrate what is already there,” she wrote.
Famous friends jumped into the comments to support Porizkova’s vulnerable post and remind the star of her beauty. Actress Lisa Rinna commented, “Hi Beauty!!!” and actress Faith Ford added, “You look fantastic in this photo!”
But Porizkova felt her original message was overshadowed by the beautiful image she shared. So, she posted another photo to Instagram, this time a close-up with a caption that clarified her opinions on aging and society.
“In my last post, I mostly got a lot of wonderful compliments on how good I look. Thank you all. But that wasn’t the point of it,” she wrote. “What I was trying to convey was that even a great photo of an older woman in which she looks ‘younger,’ society has decided her face or body are somehow wrong—not good ENOUGH.”
“So here, with the sharp focus of a professional lens, my age is on full display,” she continued. “This is the face of [a] 57-year-old woman. All the so-called ‘imperfections’ of age clearly visible. It makes me simultaneously insecure and proud.”
Like so many of us, Porizkova admitted that she feels conflicted over inner and outer beauty. “It’s a trade-off: Prettiness or character?” she questioned. “As a society, we celebrate one far more than the other—so it’s no wonder the balance is off. And despite my philosophizing, I’m still battling with it myself. If only I could fully see myself the way I see you.”
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