Former supermodel Paulina Porizkova makes #oldandugly trend

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This text initially appeared on 05.03.22

Getting older is a bizarre factor. From one perspective, it is one thing we should always be glad about. Few folks would want for the form of brief, uneventful life that will take away getting older from the equation fully. The longer we dwell, the extra we develop and study and expertise life, and “getting older” is solely the mathematical sum of these experiences. All good, proper?

Then again, our society does every little thing in its energy to cover the truth that getting older occurs. Particularly in relation to girls. In accordance to Statista, the worldwide anti-aging magnificence market is estimated to be price $58.8 billion. Folks will strive all method of lotions, serums, masks, acids, lights, applied sciences and surgical procedures to attempt to forestall wrinkles, strains, sagginess, spots and different indicators that our our bodies are altering with time.

Most of us dwell our every day lives someplace in the midst of these two realities, eager to embrace our getting older selves but additionally hoping to stave off a few of the extra apparent indicators that we’re getting older. It is pure to withstand it in some methods, because the older we get, the nearer we get to the tip of our lives, which we actually do not need to hasten—particularly if we really love dwelling.

It may be useful to see people who find themselves embracing their age, which is why it may be inspiring to see somebody like former supermodel Paulina Porizkova confidently sharing photographs of her 57-year-old self.


In posts on social media, Porizkova shared a photograph of herself in a bikini and a screenshot of a remark made by an individual who felt the necessity to touch upon her getting older physique. And phew, was it one thing. The commenter wrote:

“You should be in a lot ache to maintain posting bikini footage at your age. I’ve all the time thought that getting previous and ugly is hardest on the beautiful folks. The autumn from grace is a lot farther whenever you have been stunning. Ugly folks have been all the time ugly so getting previous and ugly is not a change. In abstract, I really feel your ache. I pray you possibly can come to phrases together with your mortality. All of us get previous and ugly…you simply needed to fall from a higher peak than the remainder of us. Tears Occasions Infinity!”

So many issues to unpack right here.

Porizkova shared her ideas on the remark on Instagram.

“Right here’s an excellent follower comment- echoing just a few others,” Porizkova wrote. “A lady of 57 is ‘too previous’ to pose in a bikini – it doesn’t matter what she appears to be like like. As a result of ‘Previous’ is ‘Ugly.’ I get feedback like these each time I submit a photograph of my physique. That is the ageist shaming that units my tooth on edge. Older males are distinguished, older girls are ugly.”

“Individuals who consider prettiness equals magnificence don’t perceive magnificence,” she continued. “Fairly is simple on the eyes, partly as a result of it’s somewhat bland, inoffensive. It’s simple to absorb and simple to neglect. Not so magnificence. Magnificence may be sharp. It could wound you and depart a scar. To understand magnificence you will have to have the ability to SEE.”

“Because of this I consider we get extra stunning with age,” she added. “We now have earned our magnificence, we perceive what it’s, and we will see it so significantly better. There isn’t a such factor as ugly and previous. Solely shortsighted and ignorant.”

On Twitter, Porizkova was a bit extra sarcastic, writing, “Thanks for feeling my ache, rickaroo777. As you possibly can see, I’m struggling certainly.”

That tongue-in-cheek response prompted others to share their getting older selves in photographs, sharing how their “previous and ugly” section of life goes. The thread become a veritable celebration of middle-to-late age, with posts about how rather more snug folks really feel of their our bodies as they become older and the liberty that comes together with not caring what different folks assume.

You undergo superbly

There are two large ironies with the unique trolling remark. Most clearly, Porizkova clearly appears to be like freaking wonderful in a bikini, so the entire “ugly” and “fall from grace” line of thought is object and off base. The second is that should you look by means of Porizkova’s Instagram feed, she does not pose in bikinis fairly often in any respect. It is not like she’s plastering her bikini selfies throughout social media making an attempt to make herself really feel higher about herself, because the commenter implies. She simply…generally wears a bikini. Whoop dee doo.

Folks do not must put on bikinis if they do not need to. However to inform strangers what they will put on crosses a line. All our bodies are bikini our bodies, and if the particular person within the physique desires their physique to be in a bikini, extra energy to them.

The “struggling” and “ache” within the posts have been so humorous to see.

The thread introduced inspiration to those that could fall prey to the concept folks should not put on sure issues after a sure age or that solely folks with sure physique sizes or shapes ought to put on sure issues.

The hashtag #oldandugly began trending as folks responded to Porizkova’s name for a celebration of getting older superbly.

“Todays thread has been my absolute favourite of all time,” Porizkova wrote on Twitter. “Thanks all you ‘previous and ugly’ girls (and some males) exhibiting the world how a lot we ‘undergo’ at in our previous age. You’re all breathtaking!”

Might all of us age superbly and gracefully in no matter method these phrases are significant to us, and present those that assume that getting older means “struggling” and “ache” on account of being “previous and ugly” that they don’t know what they’re speaking about.

(And here is an additional shout-out to Porizkova for utilizing her magnificence and her age to make an essential level—not solely about celebrating getting older, but additionally about how propaganda works. Brava.)

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