Paulina Porizkova has continued to embrace her sexiness as a woman in her 50s while posing for a sultry photo in her New York City apartment wearing black lingerie and thigh-high stockings.
The 55-year-model shared the stunning image on Instagram along with a thoughtful caption about the advantages and disadvantages of beauty, saying the boudoir shoot was ‘about claiming power.’
In the photo taken by production designer Keith Raywood, Paulina is sitting on a bench and leaning over her piano with her back facing the camera, leaving only a sliver of her face visible.
Stunning: Paulina Porizkova, 55, shared a sultry lingerie photo of herself posing in her New York City apartment, saying the boudoir shoot was about ‘claiming power’
Mourning: Days later, she shared a photo of a framed picture of herself with her late husband Ric Ocasek, saying he will be ‘missed forever’
The Sports Illustrated star has on a black bra, sheer black underwear, a garter belt, thigh-high stockings, and black Christian Louboutin stilettos.
While there is some light coming in from the windows, a lamp in the front of the room is giving off an amber haze that adds to the sultry quality of the photo.
‘Being pretty is not a privilege. It’s a gift,’ she wrote in the caption. ‘The difference? Privilege is an advantage, a benefit. Beauty may confer those on you, but is not one on its own. What you do with the advantages or disadvantages of beauty is up to you. A gift is an unearned endowment.’
Paulina explained that people tend to assume that gifts are ‘always a blessing,’ but that isn’t always the case.
‘What if you got a free Porsche for life, but live on an island with nothing but bike lanes? And have no idea how to drive? Is it still a gift?’ she asked.
‘I always thought of pulchritude as extra cash in a transparent pocket. Everyone can see you have it. It will make it easier to get into that crowded hip restaurant, but it will also be the reason for you getting mugged when you take the low-lit side door.’
At the end of the caption, Paulina opened up about why she wanted to share the sexy photo, saying she is aware that it will garner some unwanted attention.
Loss: After Ric’s death in September 2019, Paulina learned he had cut her out of his will, claiming she had ‘abandoned’ him, leaving her without any money to live off of
Family: Paulina and Ric had two sons together, Jonathan, 27, and Oliver, 22 (pictured in 2016)
‘I UNDERSTAND THAT A PHOTO LIKE THIS WILL DRAW OUT THE LEWD COMMENTS FROM MEN and trolls, but sisters, this is not about competition, this is about claiming power,’ she said. ‘My choice. My body. My fab at fifty-plus.’
The mother of two credited her incredible figure to her favorite workouts. — NoFar Method pilates and YouTuber Aqua Jade’s dance cardio — as well as EmSculpt, a non-invasive body contouring procedure that builds muscle and burns fat.
Just days after posting the lingerie shot, she shared a photo of a framed picture of herself with her late husband Ric Ocasek, who died in September 2019 at age 75.
‘Of course you’ll be missed for ever. #loveneverdies #ricocasek #missed,’ she captioned the image.
Paulina has been candid about her struggles with depression, anxiety, and anger following The Cars frontman’s death.
They were separated and going through a divorce when he passed away in their shared Manhattan townhouse. After Ric’s death, she learned that he had cut her out of his will, leaving her without any money to live off of, including her previous earnings.
Paulina, who shares sons Jonathan, 27, and Oliver, 22, with her late husband, has admitted to being angry with him, but she ultimately blames herself for her financial woes, saying she regrets not having a prenup.
The mom is an open book on her Instagram page, and over the past few weeks, she has been sharing her thoughts on beauty and society’s expectations for women of a certain age.
Racy: Paulina recently shared a nude photo of herself that was taken in her bedroom in her new apartment
Thoughts: Paulina has compared beauty to having ‘extra cash in a transparent pocket,’ saying it’s a gift, not a privilege
In a recent post, the model addressed a comment from a woman who said she should acknowledge her part ‘in promoting beauty standards 99 per cent of the population couldn’t live up to.’
‘Those of you who want the model to take the responsibility for making women who don’t look like them feel bad — please, consider. What twenty-year-old will refuse taking a large amount of money for making a beautiful photo of themselves and have it spread around the world?’ she asked.
The cover star stressed that it’s not the models but rather the customers who dictate the beauty industry, saying: ‘What matters here is what YOU BUY.’
‘Are you buying the expensive cream advertised by a glorious twenty-year-old that makes you hope you will make you look the same? (Aspirational) Or will you buy the less pricey one advertised by real women, that promises you to be happy in the skin you’re in skin? (Realistic) Or the cheap cream with no ads at all? (Utilitarian),’ she asked.
‘The power lies in YOU. Not me. It’s where YOU decide to spend your money that tells the companies what to do.’
The next day, Paulina posted a photo of herself with painful-looking red dots around her eyes, saying it was taken after a Plasma Pen treatment.
The author, who has never had plastic surgery or Botox, admitted: ‘I’m vain and want to be pretty.’
Plasma Pen is effective in reducing wrinkles while also lifting and tightening the skin. She has previously shared photos of herself getting the treatment at plastic surgeon Dr. Yael Halaas’ New York City office.
Buying power: Paulina recently responded to a commenter who said she has contributed to unrealistic expectations of beauty, saying it’s the customers who dictate the industry
‘I’m vain and want to be pretty’: Last week, Paulina showed off the red dots around her eyes after getting a non-invasive Plasma Pen treatment to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin
According to Halaas’ website, the device ‘transmits nitrogen plasma energy to deliver soft-surgery plasma fibroblasting deep into the skin.’
In Paulina’s post, she opened up about being ‘terribly bullied in school’ when she was 14 — the year before she was discovered.
‘I thought it was because I was so ugly. That is what I was told. I was told I looked like a moose, a plucked chicken, a drunken giraffe, and a dirty communist. (What does that even look like?),’ she wrote. ‘All comments were made by girls.
‘Had I had the access to plastic surgery, I would have gotten my lips plumped, my teeth capped, shave down my square jawbone, breast implants and liposuction on my thighs, and I would have given my soul to be a cute 5’5 or so.
When Paulina was 15, she became a model in Paris, saying she was suddenly deemed ‘a model of what other women were supposed to aspire to look like.’
‘I wanted desperately to fit it. But soon I was rewarded for exactly the parts of me I thought I hated. And that taught me an invaluable lesson. I hadn’t changed. People’s opinions had,’ she explained.
‘But I was incredibly lucky. What happens to women who never get society’s approval of their looks? They are forced to give up or become fighters.
‘And you cannot blame or judge either side, because this societal structure was set long ago, and it has grown over us like cataracts, clouding our vision to true beauty.’