Paulina Porizkova has hit back at an online critic who told her she shouldn’t be ‘parading around half-naked’ at her age by sharing another nude photo of herself.
The 56-year-old model bared (almost) everything on Instagram Thursday when she posted a stunning black and white image of herself wearing nothing but thigh-high boots.
The picture taken by fashion photography duo Luigi and Iango features two important edits: a black bar covering her bare chest and a star over her groin.
Take that: Paulina Porizkova, 56, shared a naked photo of herself on Thursday in response to a critic who told her she shouldn’t be ‘parading around half-naked’ at her age
Porizkova explained in the caption that the photo was her response to a comment she had recently received from a stranger, which she shared on her page the day before.
‘You [are] focused way too much on yourself and your looks,’ the man named James wrote. ‘At your age, you should be bathing in the love of your kids and your grandkids instead of traveling all over the world, parading around half-naked and acting like a 16-year-old.
‘Move near your kids and grandkids, settle down, and get a nice house, make it welcoming for your kids and grandkids and start living a life for others.’
A number of commenters were outraged by the man’s judgment, including actresses Sophia Bush, Mariel Hemingway, and Jodie Sweetin.
For real? The man named James said the model should be focusing on her children and grandchildren instead of her looks
Brilliant: When she shared the stranger’s comment on Wednesday, she promised her fans she would share her ‘reply’ the next day. Her response came in the form of another naked photo
Living for herself: Porizkova has two sons, Jonathan, 28, and Oliver, 23, with her late husband Ric Ocasek (pictured in 2016), and now that they are adults, she is focusing on herself
‘This. This comment is the reason why I do what I do,’ Porizkova captioned the post, promising her fans she would share her ‘reply’ the next day.
The Sports Illustrated alum’s response came in the form of a naked photo, but she also included a lengthy caption slamming the notion that women have to stop living their lives when they reach a certain age.
‘Yesterdays comment of one @jamesorvin Is only important insofar as to highlight the still common belief THAT WOMEN ARE ESSENTIALLY CHATTEL,’ she wrote. ‘That once we have stopped breeding, we should be retired to provide nourishment for others.’
Porizkova has two sons — Jonathan, 28, and Oliver, 23 — with her late husband Ric Ocasek, and now that they are adults, she is focusing on herself.
Hitting back: ‘I’m 56, and living my best life. After a lifetime spent taking care of others, I finally get to do ME,’ the supermodel wrote
Good point: Porizkova, who recently stripped down to her lingerie for StyleLikeU’s ‘Defying Ageism’ video series, noted that people don’t have a problem with young women posing nude
‘I’m 56, and living my best life. After a lifetime spent taking care of others, I finally get to do ME,’ she explained. ‘Sure, I can also knit and bake and bask in the warm glow of my family on the rare occasion they need me, but I can also bask in the glow of a tropical sun, a lover’s arms, and here the fabulous light of @luigiandIango.’
The cover star, who recently stripped down to her lingerie for StyleLikeU’s ‘Defying Ageism’ video series, pointed out that people don’t seem to have a problem with young women posing nude.
‘I post bikini and nude photos because I finally feel good in my skin. I don’t do this for compliments or likes. (Although they are very nice indeed),’ she said. ‘I’m doing it because you see thousands of images of younger women in the same situations. That’s what you’re used to seeing. No one tells them to put their clothes on. By what standard is it OK to ogle a nude teen, but not a mature woman?’
While slamming the double standard, Porizkova noted that this is the first time in her life that she is embracing her body and posing for herself.
Strike a pose: The supermodel slammed the notion that women have to stop living their lives when they reach a certain age, saying: ‘I finally feel good in my skin’
FYI: Porizkova ended her post by reminding her nearly 600,000 followers that they can unfollow her if they ‘have issues with nudity’
‘I have done the same sort of photos since I was fifteen. Back then, I couldn’t be proud of who I was because I didn’t yet know who I was. I did what others asked of me. I posed for others,’ she said.
‘An older woman is allowed wisdom, humor, patience — but not sensuality. Not sexiness. This is a major societal taboo which is precisely why I post what I post. I may be 56, but I’m as fully a woman as I was thirty years ago, in fact, I’d argue: more so.
‘I’m finally fully inhabiting this body of mine, I fully appreciate it, and I am fully celebrating it,’ she added. ‘I may be posting for you. But I pose for myself.’
Porizkova ended her post by reminding her nearly 600,000 followers that they shouldn’t follow her if they are offended by her photos.
‘Those of you who have issues with nudity — there is a small button that reads “unfollow,”‘ she noted. ‘And since I’m not an airport — there is no need to announce your departure. (This last line is borrowed from @annikavonholdt who takes no prisoners.)’