Paulina Porizkova isn’t taking ageist criticism lying down.
On Friday, the 57-year-old supermodel took to Instagram to clap back at a plastic surgeon who allegedly pointed out everything “wrong” with her face in a post that “has since been deleted.”
Sharing a close-up photo of herself, Porizkova wrote that she discovered the same snap had been reposted by the doc, who went on to “[discuss] in detail what [she] needed done.”
“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,” she recalled the post pointing out.
“This is what an older woman in the public eye gets to deal with. I’m told my face needs ‘fixing.’ It has somehow gone ‘wrong’ by aging,” the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit beauty continued. “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, who in 2021 posed “full-frontal nude” (and un-retouched) for the cover of Vogue Czechoslovakia, went on to share the non-surgical procedures she’d undergone “for the record” — including laser treatments and Plasma Pen, both of which she spoke exclusively about with Page Six Style at the time.
“I’d like to strike a balance between being proud to look my age and still get to feel pretty at times. 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,” she continued in her latest post.
“But telling a woman what she ‘needs’ to do herself in order to be seen as attractive, whether it’s hair color, makeup, skin creams or clothing – or the more invasive options – is shaming her. Every time you catch yourself thinking or saying ‘you know, you should…’ to a friend, stop for a moment. If she doesn’t ask for help, are you really helping?”
Porizkova concluded her lengthy caption by asking her followers to “find what you think is beautiful in your friends and point it out,” as “the best way to support one another is to celebrate what is already there.”
She also added a few of her signature hashtags, including #betweenjloandbettywhite, #acceptance, #graypride and #yourebeautifuljustthewayyouare.
Famous friends weighed in in the comments, with Lisa Rinna exclaiming, “Hi Beauty!!!” and Nigel Barker writing, in part, “You can’t fix perfection.”
“May we all be this lucky to have your natural beauty inside and out. And by the way – kindness and humanity is a beauty that can’t be purchased and doesn’t age,” added celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter.
Porizkova’s candid content, which often takes aim at societal beauty standards, has helped her rack up over 800,000 Instagram followers (and counting); “The more I posted the reality and the real me, the more people responded to it,” she told us in 2021.
“I think we’ve made enormous strides in accepting all different sorts of beauty … But age, ageism, that’s kind of like the last frontier.”