Paulina Porizkova recently went viral with her “full-frontal nude” Vogue Czechoslovakia cover at the age of 56. Now, she’s speaking out to say that she never set out to start a #nofilter movement.
“I didn’t know that you could filter yourself!” Porizkova admitted to Page Six Style as she laughed. “Had I known, I probably would have … like, ‘Look at how great I look!’ But I just had no clue.”
Porizkova added that she’s happy she never contributed to the dark side of Instagram, which has seen users be pressured to filter their faces and bodies to perfection.
“Oh my God, the damage it’s doing is unbelievable,” she lamented. “All these young girls look to those pictures and don’t necessarily know that it’s not real. Being immersed in that world … how inspiring is it to only see something that’s so out of your reach?”
That’s likely why Porizkova’s candid content has been so popular online.
“The more I posted the reality and the real me, the more people responded to it,” she said.
Unfortunately, even Porizkova has encountered a few internet haters along the way, but she hasn’t let this get her down.
“It’s not the men that are the worst critics, which is really interesting,” she said. “[It’s] all the women my age going, ‘You’re desperate, you’re hungry, why don’t you just retire and take care of your children and your household?’”
Porizkova hasn’t let this phase her because she feels that sexy has no expiration date.
“I think we’ve made enormous strides in accepting all different sorts of beauty; I think size and color and all of these things that used to be so uniform now have broadened to a pretty spectacular [degree],” said Porizkova. “But age, ageism, that’s kind of like the last frontier.”
She then called out the fact that she’s noticed that many brands are content to cast one “token old lady” and call it a day, and to ignore what she refers to as “the invisible sector,” which is the vast group of middle-aged women she honors with her other go-to hashtag, #betweenjloandbettywhite.
“It’s all of us who don’t either measure up to looking much younger than our age, or we’re not quite at the age yet where we’re celebrated as ‘adorable,’” Porizkova explained.
In the end, Porizkova has a message for any haters who don’t like her content.
“It’s one little button that says ‘unfollow,’” the supermodel said with a laugh. “Bye!”