Paulina Porizkova proudly shares how she celebrates her body in a recent Instagram post, while also addressing objectification.
On Friday, the 57-year-old model posted a stripped down photo Photo of herself sitting on a bed with nothing but a sheet draped over her chest. In a long caption alongside, she wrote a thoughtful sentiment about the depiction of the naked female body.
“In a patriarchal regime [sic] society, women have always been seen as objects of desire or education. Because it is the needs of men that run the world. That’s why youth and beauty are such a strong motto,” she wrote, wondering how power dynamics shift when a woman objectifies herself by choosing to share revealing photos. “She takes the powers given to him and uses them for his own benefit, but at the same time helps to perpetuate a system that has always existed.”
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She came to the conclusion that by doing so, a woman will be “humiliated and celebrated by both perpetrators and victims”, while men are still held to a different standard. “Under those same rules, a man taking his power is celebrated. He will only be ashamed if he NOT seizes the opportunity,” she continued.
Porizkova has encountered many examples of shame when it comes to the content she posts on her own platform. In April, she even replied to a commenter who shared her belief that the model is too old to post revealing photos.
“You must be in so much pain to keep posting bikini pics at your age,” he wrote. Porizkova replied: “I get comments like these every time I post a picture of my body. It’s the shame of age that makes me cringe. Older men are distinguished, women more old people are ugly.”
Porizkova, who continues to share her personal experience of aging on social media, explained that objectification “falls mainly in the realm of youth”, highlighting how the perception of exposure and what is considered acceptable are changing at as you mature.
“When I was a young model exposing my body it was because someone else approved of it. Someone else decided it should be celebrated,” she wrote. “I didn’t know enough to understand the consequences. Hence the objectification.”
As an adult woman, the dynamics of consent and intention have changed. “Now, when I expose my body, it is with full knowledge and with my consent,” she wrote. “Therefore, celebration.”
People also joined in Porizkova’s celebration and praised her message.
“Kudos to that sentiment and to you,” commented photographer Nigel Barker.
“As women we need to support and celebrate each other more,” another wrote. “Come on girl.”
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