Paulina Porizkova’s No-Makeup, Unfiltered Instagram Post Is So Inspiring

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OG supermodel and former NewBeauty cover star Paulina Porizkova is naturally stunning. But, what many people don’t know is that she views that as somewhat of a blessing and a curse, admitting to us in a 2018 interview that it’s been tough to age in the public eye. Fast-forward two years and the Czech-born beauty is expressing similar feelings, opening up on Instagram about life at 55 and changes she’s experiencing as she gets older, both physically and psychologically.

In the post (pictured below, Porizkova talks about in-office treatments she’s received, which is always SO refreshing to hear from anyone in the spotlight, and like us, she wishes more women—especially A-listers who serve as role models to so many—would be open about what they’ve done too.

“Any woman today who doesn’t look her age has enjoyed a rarefied existence of not only a great diet and exercise, but also medical benefits.” We feel inspired by Porizkova’s vulnerability and are all for these candid revelations that spark important conversations about aging and well-being, and the role aesthetics play in both.

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Ok folks. Once again, unretouched and unfiltered. I am 55, this is good light and a fairly flattering – if plain- photo. I have had Ultherapy 5 times now, and two plasma pen treatments. No Botox, no fillers. I live reasonably clean- don’t much enjoy processed foods, but love a variety and do love my cakes. I drink wine and cocktails. I smoked until I was forty. ( Sorry to say. Of course I quit when pregnant and nursing- but my husband was an unapologetic smoker- and it was easier to do as he did instead of fighting about it). I work out – try for at least three ones a week- sometimes less, sometimes more. I now mostly do Pilates, with some dancing or biking thrown in for cardio. That’s it. Sure, I have wrinkles. ( My iPhone camera graciously omits them in good light). Sure, I have some sagging. ( This is the part I’m not THAT fond of). Any woman today who doesn’t look her age has enjoyed a rarefied existence of not only a great diet and exercise, but also medical benefits. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with that. We, who can, are so lucky to do. But I do wish we could be more honest and open about it. Because no, I cannot look 39 with just a great diet and exercise. I truly appreciate many elements of maturing; I’m so much smarter, kinder, more patient, funnier, better at communicating, more self aware and overall – a much better person. But really- I am NOT always ok with the way my age reflects in my face and body. I have days of self confidence and a fuck-off-if-you-don’t-like-it attitude, but more often I’m just totally insecure, and do selfies of myself in horrible light and unflattering angles, so I can get used to how I actually do look. And it’s painful. It’s like building calluses on your fingers when you learn to play the guitar. It’s a process. But it’s what happens if you are lucky to be healthy and alive. #nomakeup #nofilter #nobotox #nofiller #nofilter #truthhurts #betweenjloandbettywhite

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