#OldandUgly trends as Paulina Porizkova, 57, claps back at haters with sultry snap
The former model started using the hashtag #oldandugly after a follower criticized her for a photo of herself modeling a gold string bikini
Paulina Porizkova snapped back at a hater who called her too 'old and ugly' to show herself off in bikini pictures. The 57-year-old 'accidental' model shared a semi-nude image of herself in response, with a denim jacket smartly placed across her bare body. She left her arms, left leg, and hip completely bare as she posed confidently for the camera.
The occasional actress, who is now a writer, shared the image on her Twitter on Tuesday, May 24. She captioned the Tweet, "How to wear a jean jacket when you’re #oldandugly."
The former model started using the hashtag #oldandugly after a follower criticized her for sharing a photo of herself modeling a gold string bikini. She said, "Here’s a good follower comment- echoing a few others. A woman of 57 is “too old” to pose in a bikini - no matter what she looks like. Because “Old” is “Ugly”. She continued, "I get comments like these every time I post a photo of my body. This is the ageist shaming that sets my teeth on edge."
Elaborating on the double standards, she added, "Older men are distinguished, older women are ugly. People who believe prettiness equals beauty do not understand beauty. Pretty is easy on the eyes, partly because it’s a little bland, inoffensive. It’s easy to take in and easy to forget [...] Not so beauty. Beauty can be sharp. It can wound you and leave a scar." She also stated that "to perceive beauty you have to be able to SEE."
She concluded by saying, "This is why I believe we get more beautiful with age. We have earned our beauty, we understand what it is, and we can see it so much better. There is no such thing as ugly and old. Only shortsighted and ignorant."
Porizkova's use of #oldandugly seems to have resonated with her audiences as they posted their own images using the same hashtag. Evidently moved, the model shared a grid with several of the beautiful pictures. It was captioned, "What happened next was unbelievable to me. At first beautiful mature women started to post their own “ugly and suffering” bikini photos. And then, close-up selfies of their beautiful faces. And men got in there too, posting themselves at their “old and ugly” age, hiking, working out, climbing mountains, hanging with their grandkids and their spouses - just having the times of their lives."