The legendary supermodel Paulina Porizkova is firing back at her haters who have criticized her for daring to wear lingering in her 50s.
While appearing on “The Tamron Hall Show,” the Czech-born Swedish supermodel defiantly said that she never lets her critics make her lose confidence.
“In my 20s, I was celebrated for showing up in lingerie. I was getting a lot of money for it and everybody loved me,” Porizkova told Hall. “In my 50s, I still think I look pretty good in lingerie, but the reaction is reviled, obviously not by everybody, but yeah, there’s a fair amount of backlash.”
Porizkova went on to explain that the public’s general consensus is that women nearing middle age shouldn’t expose skin.
“I think it’s that when you get older when there’s a certain sort of invisible boundary that happens in maybe your mid 40s where you, I guess you don’t look fertile anymore, it’s a menopausal thing,” she continued.
“And maybe it’s because you’re starting to look a little like people’s mom, that sexy is not allowed,” she added. “You’re allowed to be beautiful, you’re allowed to be handsome, you’re allowed to be present, you’re allowed to be shocking or eye opening, but you are not allowed to be sexy.”
Yahoo News reported that Porizkova opened up about body confidence back in February in an Instagram post alongside a nude photo of herself.
“When I was in my twenties and thirties, the less I wore – the more popular I was,” she wrote. “In my forties, I could walk around practically naked and illicit nothing more than a ticket for public indecency.”
“At fifty, I am reviled for it. ‘Put on your clothes, grandma. Hungry for attention, are you? A little desperate here? You’re pathetic,’ ” Porizkova added, referring to rude comments she’s gotten.
“Why is sexiness and nudity applauded in a woman’s youth and reviled in her maturity?” she questioned. “Because of men. Men are biologically programmed to spread their seed, inserting themselves into fertile containers which advertise their viability through youth.”
“And what does this say for women like myself, who need to be validated by the male gaze?Insecure,” Porizkova continued. “The only thing that is pathetic here is allowing others to set your priorities.”
She ended her post with two hashtags that read “sexy has not expiration date” and “between JLo and Betty White.”