Paulina Porizkova is candid about the one time she attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art benefit, saying she was going home early after being told at the last minute that she and her husband Ric Ocasek would have to pay tens of thousands of dollars. for their seats.
The supermodel took Instagram on Tuesday, the day after the 2021 Met Gala, to share a photo of herself at the exclusive 2009 event wearing a $300 Halston dress she bought herself because she couldn’t find a designer willing to give her to dress.
Porizkova, 56, explained in the caption that the theme that year was “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion,” and one of her model photos was featured in the museum’s exhibit.
To keep it real: Paulina Porizkova (pictured in July) is candid about the one time she attended the Met Gala, saying it was ‘disappointment’
Looking back: The supermodel took to Instagram on Tuesday, the day after the 2021 Met Gala, to share a photo of herself modeling a $300 Halston dress at the 2009 event.
“I’ve only been to the Met ball once. I was invited that year because the theme was ‘Muses’. At least that’s what I thought,” she wrote.
‘A ticket to the gala costs an astonishing amount of money, often a designer or company buys a table and then invites the one who can best promote their brand.’
Tickets to this year’s Met Gala cost up to $35,000 each, while a table sold for an estimated $275,000. Guests included Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Lil Nas X, Jennifer Lopez, Channing Tatum and Rihanna.
“By this point in my life, my career had taken a back seat to family life, so I wasn’t exactly a hot item,” admitted Porizkova, who shares two sons and four stepsons with the late Ocasek.
“As was immediately apparent when I called designers to borrow dresses, and all of them didn’t even bother to respond, except for one, who thanked me for my interest but had nothing for me. That was a cold glass of water – dumped on my head.’
The model said she decided she would just wear something “extraordinarily simple” and be “comfortable” rather than don a “remarkable” dress.
Too pricey: Porizkova said at the last minute that she and her then-husband Ric Ocasek were told to pay for their tickets at the benefit, which would cost tens of thousands
Honest: The model recalled walking down the red carpet, seeing a photo of herself in the exhibit, then going home early and saying, ‘I guess I wasn’t much of a muse’
Wise choice: Porizkova (pictured with her family in 2016) explained that she “refused” because she was unwilling to pay the cost of “two years of study” for one of their sons at the event
In the photo she shared, she models a melon-orange chiffon dress, paired with a beaded necklace and gold clutch.
“I got this dress from Halston (it was all maybe three hundred dollars). Did my own makeup and hair,” she recalls. “And THEN I was told it would be appreciated if we bought our own chairs at the tables. As in, you need to buy your seat.
“Between my husband and I, that would be two years of college for one of our four sons who still needed it. And so I refused,’ she continued.
“We had to climb the stairs to the Met, have some uninterested photographers take a picture, queue up with other celebrities, walk through the ‘muses’ exhibition where my modeling career was reduced to one Sport Illustrated cover, and go home. I guess I wasn’t much of a muse.’
Although the night was not what she had envisioned, she revealed that it eventually changed her life for the better as it helped launch her writing career.
Meant to be: There was a happy ending for the model (pictured on set during a shoot in LA last month), whose essay about the event helped launch her writing career
Still a fan! Porizkova added that despite her negative experience, she still enjoys the Met Gala and watching people dress up for it
“The disappointment of the evening prompted me to write a silly piece about it, published on Modelinia, and then it was the crane’s turn,” she explained.
“I became a blogger for the Huffington Post, and could finally inhabit myself as the writer I love most. There’s nothing like a little humiliation to push you out of your comfort zone. And now I’m grateful for it.’
Porizkova added that despite her negative experience, she still enjoys the Met Gala and watching people dress up for it.
‘By the way, I think the event is quite a beautiful spectacle; personally, I love seeing all the creations fashion can come up with, it’s an escape from the ordinary, AND it funds the Costume Institute (which is self-funded), so it’s not just a case of celebrity masturbation,” concluded they.
Within hours, Porizkova’s post received nearly 30,000 likes and over 2,000 comments, many praising her for being so candid.
“So inspiring,” wrote Italian model Bianca Balti. “Thanks, I needed this today.”
“Best with gala post today,” producer Sean Glass added, as author Jen Pastiloff cheered her on, saying, “Yesss! My brilliant writer friend!!’
And fellow model Carla Bruni really got a kick out of it.
“Hahahahaha I love this post dear @paulinaporizkov,” she commented. “I love your writing.”