Paulina Porizkova says a fan thanked her for ‘being honest’ on social media because it ‘liberated her to do the same’
Paulina Porizkova has been beautifully vulnerable on Instagram lately, sharing untouched photos, speaking candidly about heartbreak, and using her own experiences to empower others.
Apparently it was all worth it when the 56-year-old model had a meaningful encounter with a fan.
“I was recently at a restaurant and when I came back from the ladies room to go back to my table, a young woman at the bar stopped me,” Porizkova shared on Instagram on Tuesday.
“‘Are you- are you…’ she was looking for a name,” she continued. “I wanted to go back to my table so I decided to make it easy for her. I smiled and nodded ‘Yes, I am’ as I tried to walk past. And then she said it. ‘YOU ARE THE LADY WHO CRYING ON INSTAGRAM !’ This woman was way too young to know me as a model, she knows me as the lady who cries on Instagram.”
The conversation then took an interesting turn.
“Then the young woman kept thanking me! She thanked me for being honest and sharing hurtful things, because it gave her the freedom to do the same,” Porizkova explained. “It freed her from the shame that she felt guilty for having all kinds of emotions and for not having to pretend. I think it was the best compliment I’ve received in years.”
Porizkova’s post about the conversation sparked a number of comments from commentators.
“I think I’m lucky because I’m 50 and I remember you as a super hot supermodel back in the day,” wrote one fan. “Now I get to know you as the crying lady on Instagram, but you are beautiful and there is nothing wrong with showing vulnerability and sharing information with your millions of fans and I think you are amazing.”
“I’ve said it to Ms. Porizkova before and I’ll say it again,” wrote another. “You are beautiful on the inside and beautiful on the outside. Keep doing your beautiful thing. Know that your face only deserves to be touched with love… and you are enough.”
“Thank God for your vote,” wrote one admirer. “You’ve made a difference in my life and in many, many others, I’m sure of it.”
Porizkova took the time to respond to some of the compliments, writing to one commenter who questioned their confidence to “work to get rid of that shame and do what YOU need to do for your own confidence and comfort.”
Porizkova has spoken about her zest for life, aging and changing perspectives.
In a “barely retouched” cover for The Angels September issue of the magazine, she challenged people who have issues with older women celebrating their bodies to hit the “unfollow” button.
“We are doing much better in celebrating beauty that comes in many different sizes and colors, but age is still something to be overcome,” she wrote of the experience.
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