Paulina Porizkova takes her body back.
The 57-year-old supermodel posted a nude photo to Instagram on Friday, discussing the difference between “objectification” and “celebration” of the female figure in her long caption.
“In a partriarchal [sic] society, women have always been viewed as objects of desire or nurture. Because these are the needs of men who run the world. This is why youth and beauty are such a strong currency,” Porizkova wrote alongside the snap, which shows her on a bed with a white sheet over her chest.
The Swedish stunner went on to say that when a woman “decides to objectify herself,” she “takes the powers she’s been given and uses them in her own interest, but at the same time helps to maintain a system that has always existed.”
By doing so, Porizkova wrote, “she will be shamed and celebrated by both the perpetrators and the victims.”
The model said that a man would be similarly “celebrated” for “grabbing his power”, before going back on her experiences as one of the most successful catwalkers of the 1980s.
‘I’ve come to wonder if objectification falls mainly within the domain of youth,’ she mused.
“When I exposed my body as a young model, it was because someone else approved it. Someone else decided it should be celebrated. I didn’t know enough to understand the consequences. So objectification.”
The girl from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover concluded, “Now when I expose my body, it’s it” [sic] with my full knowledge and permission. So party.”
Porizkova attributed the arty image to chef Adam Kenworthy, and her “most comfortable high heels ever” — a pair of classic blue velvet pumps — to Tamara Mellon.
Her thought-provoking post received high praise from her followers in the comments.
“So well said – and what a beautiful strong bodyyyyyy (and mind of course!) ❤️” one wrote.
“Thank you Paulina. I celebrate with you! I want my strength,’ interrupted another.
Porizkova often posts photos of herself in swimsuits and lingerie, part of her ongoing mission to prove that — to borrow from her signature hashtag — “sexy has no expiration date.”
“I think we’ve made huge strides in accepting all kinds of beauty; I think size and color and all these things that used to be so uniform have now broadened into a pretty spectacular one [degree],” she told Vidak For Congress Style in 2021. “But age, ageism, that’s kind of the last frontier.”
The model, known for her filter-free social media posts, recently hit back at a plastic surgeon who reportedly pointed out everything “wrong” with her face.
“This is what an older woman in the public eye has to deal with. I was told that my face needs to be repaired. It has somehow gone ‘wrong’ with aging,” she wrote alongside the same selfie the surgeon used to point out her alleged flaws.
“Is it any wonder that most of us who have the means resort to some forms of repairing what we’re told is broken?”
The Czech-born beauty has been open about the “non-invasive” procedures she’s had over the years — including laser treatments and plasma pens — but said she strives to “balance being proud of my age and I can still feel beautiful sometimes.”
In May 2021, the model shocked the world when she posed “completely naked” for the cover of Vogue Czechoslovakia.
While some were skeptical about whether the images were Photoshopped, Porizkova told Vidak For Congress Style that they were “unretouched” and that she loved seeing the “details” of her “age” on the cover.