Paulina Porizkova on Being ‘Proud’ of Hip Replacement Scars

The model and writer underwent surgery late last month.
Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova.

After undergoing hip replacement surgery in late January, Paulina Porizkova is sharing her healing journey with her social media followers.

The 58-year-old model and author initially shared an Instagram update four days post-surgery on Jan. 29, when she indicated that she was walking on her own and noted that “even with the post-op pain, it’s less painful to walk” than before her operation. And on Feb. 1, Porizkova shared a meaningful message about her post-surgery scars.

“Going into this surgery, I couldn’t help but think about scars,” she wrote in her caption. “The ones I have, I embrace. But I have no desire to make new ones.”

In addition to close-up photos of each of her hip scars, Porizkova shared a mirror selfie in which she posed in an open pink robe, a pair of black undies on her lower half, as she proudly displayed her new scars.

“I know the incisions will soon become a part of me,” she added. “They will be a reminder of old pain and new victories. They will join all of the other inscriptions on my body and mind - both visible and invisible - all of which, ultimately, will be the glue that holds me together, a netting of past fractures which have healed stronger. They will become a part of what constitutes the map of me. And like all other scars on my outside and inside, I will accept them. I will be proud of them.”

Tons of Porizkova’s 1.1 million followers chimed in to the comments section with uplifting words.

“You will be surprised how well they heal! I had similar ones from a surgery and now a few years later you barely know they are there,” model-actress Amy Purdy shared. “Also scars tell such a beautiful story of your life! ❤️.”

“Scars are place markers that indicate moments in time,” a fan added. “They hold our stories. And you’re a great storyteller.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.