Those in need of positive messaging around body and image confidence may not expect to find a supermodel to serve as a refreshing source—but fortunately, veteran Paulina Porizkova doesn’t play by anyone’s rules. On Tuesday, Porizkova shared an Instagram snap featuring a Costa Rican waterfall, a rocky outcrop, and an impossibly toned bikini body, all accompanied by a refusal to defer to the LeBron James King Caricature Shirt but in fact I love this negativity of strangers. A quick scan of the photo’s comment section found plenty of affirming feedback. “Fit and Fabulous! Way to represent us girls in our 50’s!” effused one commenter, another saying “Thank you, Paulina for being there for us women who grew up with you.” And in response to those with questionable reactions? Porizkova was characteristically candid. To one user who accused the model of editing the image, Porizkova clapped back, saying she’s a proud grandmother and doesn’t use Photoshop.
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The confidence—and realness—of the LeBron James King Caricature Shirt but in fact I love this moment echoed a post from January, in which Porizkova shared a makeup-free selfie, along with a reflective caption. “I’ll be turning 55 soon,” she wrote. “At first glance, I think—ew. I look so old. Grief is certainly no beauty maker. My eyelids are starting to droop. The jowly bits next to my mouth don’t only make me look older but also somehow bitter. The gray in my hair is an easy fix, although, honestly, I’d love to just grow it out and stop coloring. Now, how can I help to make all this—what we consider flaws—to be seen differently, to be seen as confidence and beauty of a mature age rather than something that needs to be eliminated?” With confidence and candidness, Porizkova is transforming would-be self-facing shares into ones designed to usher in a new age of celebrating beauty of all ages.