At 57, Paulina Porizkova Doesn’t Want to ‘Eliminate’ Her Age With Injectables

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  • Paulina Porizkova says she doesn’t want to “eliminate” her age with injectables.

  • “I just want a little subtle help. I don’t want any drastic stuff,” she said.

  • She also discussed society’s double standards associated with cosmetic procedures.

As a 57-year-old woman in the spotlight, Paulina Porizkova has had her fair share of unsolicited advice about tweaking and infantilizing her appearance. She once called out a plastic surgeon for highlighting the parts of her face that needed “fixing.” As time passes, the pressure to conform builds, but the former supermodel feels strongly about not “eliminating” her age with injectables.

“I just want a little subtle help. I don’t want any drastic stuff. I don’t want to eliminate my age. I just want to look as good as I can given the limitations,” she recently told Women’s Wear Daily. That noninvasive “help” includes oxygen facials, laser facials, and face yoga, among other treatments, she said.

None of that is to say she thinks poorly of people who choose the Botox route. She said some people look “wonderful” with it, but the risk of losing certain facial expressions keeps her from trying it out.

“I really like the fact that I can have a conversation with you and I can react to what you say and you’ll know exactly what I think,” she said. “I don’t have to use an entire paragraph of words because you can be like, ‘Oh you didn’t like that.’ It’s clearly visible on my face and I feel like isn’t that what faces are for? To communicate? The communication thing to me is more important than looking beautiful at this point so I don’t want to take that away.”

On the flip side, Porizkova calls out the double standard around getting work done. Women aren’t allowed to age, but they’re also criticized or interrogated about the procedures they undergo.

“If you say that you’ve had something done, guess what’s your calling card? It’s like Jane Fonda notoriously admitted to her facelift and she goes on an interview for a movie and the first thing they’re asking her about is her facelift,” Porizkova explained. “Then they make such a big deal out of it that ... I get it both ways and I can only do what is right for me.”

As for her own critics and online trolls (like those who say she’s “too old” to wear a bikini), unlike most others who would block and delete their comments, she’s happy to engage and find common ground. That’s how change is made, after all.

“If I was sitting with this person in a room and she said this to me, how would I reply? I mean, I wouldn’t just walk out the door,” she said. “It’s not even reason with them, but I would try to figure out where it’s coming from ... That spurs me on to then write posts about other things.”

And that’s why her supporters love her.

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