Paulina Porizkova Shares That It Took ‘Years’ to Overcome Feelings of Jealousy Towards Other Women

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Photo credit: Michael Loccisano - Getty Images
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  • Paulina Porizkova, 56, opened up about overcoming jealousy in a new Instagram post.

  • The model said she used to envy other women and depended on external validation, but now she is secure with herself and aims to uplift others.

  • Porizkova's post comes days after she called out a hater’s cruel comment on her Instagram post last week.

If you're on social media, there's a good chance you've come across—or even have experienced yourself—online trolling. Celebrities, including Paulina Porizkova, are not exempt from the harsh words of keyboard warriors, but the model is speaking out about women trying to put down other women.

In a new Instagram post, Porizkova opened up about some of the comments she recently received on her Instagram page from trolls, plus other women who came to her defense. “Many of you mention it's jealousy when another woman posts a mean comment on my thread. And that may be so. But by calling it jealousy, we're dismissing the women,” she wrote in the caption. “It’s such an easy way to eliminate a woman's perspective, ‘eh, she’s just jealous.’”

“Being jealous means you envy someone for something they have—and you don’t. I know this because I did it myself,” she said.

The model went on to say that she was jealous of women who she perceived to be more beautiful, successful, and in love than she was. “I would have never said it out loud—but I remember thinking those thoughts. And it was a sad, ungenerous world I lived in,” she said.

Porizkova said her feelings of jealousy stemmed from childhood. “For those of us who grew up feeling unloved, it's actually difficult to learn how to love,” she said. “Took me years to understand it was I who needed to change, not the world around me. And what a beautiful world it is when you let generosity into your heart.”

Although Porizkova has compassion for women who are jealous of other women, she said that she never acted on her jealous thoughts nor did she put down others verbally—she just kept those thoughts within. “So although I understand, I’m NOT ok with people taking a dump on the floor of my living room. People need to own their sh*t,” she said.

Porizkova’s thoughts about jealousy come following an Instagram post from last week where the star reposted a hater’s comment on one of her photos that read, “You just need constant stroking don’t you? There’s something wrong with that. Maybe you need therapy instead of sexually suggestive/nude photos out in the public sphere.”

Porizkova opened up about the comment in her caption. “I wonder if she posts this to all Instagramers in bikinis and revealing body shots? It must take an awful lot of her time,” she wrote. “Or is it that I dare to celebrate my older body? That I’m not ashamed and will not be shamed into societal compliance of being invisible as a woman of a certain age?”

Fans and celebs including Sophia Bush jumped to her defense. “I hate the way strangers toss paint cans of judgment on women because they’re clearly triggered. Be fabulous. Clothed or not,” Bush wrote.

“They'll always be critics and judges, says more about them than you. You are beautiful, smart, courageous, talented, funny, conscious, fit and you bare your soul, some people just can't handle that,” Vanessa Angel said.

One thing's clear: Porizkova will continue to promote self-love, uplift other women, and celebrate her body at every age. And for those who are going to troll her, you best be prepared for a (loving) call out!

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