It all started with a fun and harmless sexy selfie on social media and now, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova is standing up against “ageism” in society, particularly in Hollywood.
Ageism is the stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.
The 55-year old former face of Estee Lauder came to the rescue of her friend, actress Elizabeth Hurley, who received negative comments when she posted an almost topless photo on Instagram.
Mean comments such as “grandma,” “over the hill,” and “hungry for attention” were hurled at the actress as she was accused of being not age appropriate to pose sexy on IG.
Paulina defended Liz by posting a nude photo of her “Golden Girl” body on IG, which captioned: “When I was in my twenties and thirties, the less I wore - the more popular I was. In my forties, I could walk around practically naked and illicit nothing more than a ticket for public indecency."
"At fifty, I am reviled for it. 'Put on your clothes, grandma. Hungry for attention, are you? A little desperate here? You're pathetic.'
“Why is sexiness and nudity applauded in a woman's youth and reviled in her maturity? Because of men. Men are biologically programmed to spread their seed, inserting themselves into fertile containers which advertise their viability through youth.
"And what does this say for women like myself, who need to be validated by the male gaze? Insecure. The only thing that is pathetic here is allowing others to set your priorities."
She concluded her post with two hashtags: #SexyHasNoExpirationDate and #BetweenJLOAndBettyWhite.
In the past, Porizkova has been outspoken about double standards in aging, particularly when it comes to women in the public eye.
"It's a full-time job, there's a lot of maintenance required. It sucks. When your entire life has consisted of looking good, ageing publicly, in a word, sucks. This is not for the faint-hearted.
“I don't want to have to go to war with my looks. And I don't want to start trying to look 20 years younger.
“My life has been all about beauty. I always had to be something very specific on the outside and maintain that because of my livelihood.
“I'm constantly battling with myself internally saying, 'Come on, beauty is not that important! Let go of being so vain and focus more on the things you can do!' "
The former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl shared a makeup-free photo of herself after she had "rolled out of bed," writing in the caption: “Ageing, (looks) when your whole life has been about the way you look is not super rewarding.
“I'm trying my hardest to withstand barbs of having past my prime, because God dammit, I feel in my prime now! The combination of my learning, maturing, and earning my wrinkles, combined with the way I look, I believe is the best balance I have ever had."
Other celebrities who have spoken up against ageism in the entertainment industry are Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bebe Rexha, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Glenn Close, Tina Fey and Madonna.
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