Paulina Porizkova Admits She Still Struggles With Self-Acceptance

The model and author spoke candidly on the process of aging.
Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova.

Czech model Paulina Porizkova regularly uses her online platform to uplift women of all ages, but the former SI Swimsuit model recently issued a reminder that even she has days when she struggles with self-acceptance.

In an interview clip she posted to Instagram on Dec. 27, Porizkova mused on self-acceptance and noted that there’s a “freedom” to loving who you truly are.

“I am still looking for the ultimate freedom,” the 58-year-old admitted to People. “I feel like I’ve gained an enormous amount of wisdom. I know without doubt that I am the best that I’ve ever been... [But] not chasing youth, not trying to pretend that I am younger is a kind of acceptance that I’m still working on, because I do feel like the freedom to that is right after that. It’s like after that acceptance of ‘this is fully who I am, I don’t need to fix it, I don’t need to look younger, I don’t need to look any specific way to please society around me,’ that’s where the freedom lies. And I’m not quite there yet.”

Many of Porizkova’s 1.1 million followers chimed into the comments section to praise the model and author’s outlook and refreshing honesty.

“THIS is why we love you!❤️❤️❤️,” someone gushed.

“I really ❤️ this post. I’m struggling with aging but this post makes me feel better 😁,” one fan admitted.

“Absolutely. 💯 feel the same,” someone else concurred with Porizkova’s viewpoint. “At 60, I’ve reached that place where I feel free. Finally. It’s very liberating and satisfying.”

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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.