The supermodel Paulina Porizkova has become known as of late for being outspoken against ageism, as she is sick and tired of the pressures that are put on women not to age.
On Thursday, the 56 year-old supermodel took to Instagram to post a photo of herself wearing a skimpy gold bikini and a huge smile on her face alongside a powerful caption in which she gave her take on aging.
“Combat age. Reverse aging. Rejuvenate. Anti age,” Porizkova began. “None of this is possible. Yet, if you do an internet search on aging, this is what you’ll get. Pills, potions and workouts to fight the aging process. You know what the only way to stop aging? Dying.”
“I do not want to fight myself everyday for the rest of my life,” she added .”But I do want to make the best of what I was given. And I want to shine a bright light in the dark corners of the shame that is heaped on women for daring to age. I can’t change the world alone, but if you feel like I do, there are these some amazing women here on IG that I get inspired by everyday.”
“There are many many more, and inspirations for all different reasons, but for now I’m just picking those who are accepting their aging and making it beautiful,” Porizkova concluded.
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Porizkova loves using her Instagram page to post filter-free images of herself in the hopes of encouraging other women to love their bodies for what they naturally are.
“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],” Porizkova recently told Page Six Style. “But age, ageism, that’s kind of like the last frontier.”
Porizkova added that she’s happy that 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?”