Paulina: America's Next Ex-Top Model
By Joyce Caruso Corrigan
Photo Credit: Gary Gershoff/Wire Image
When Paulina Porizkova moans, No one flirts with me anymore, photographer Alexei Hay smiles, knowing everyone in his studio has flirted with her all day, and the beauty icon is just being her ballsy old self. Paulinas better than ever; if anything, you can appreciate her bone structure more now. says Hay, an industry veteran.
The famous bones and big hair, Porizkovas stock in trade for 27 years, are both still present. But, at 41, the first Eastern European supermodel and last face to be handpicked by the late Estée Lauder (in 1988) is no longer in the limelight, choosing instead the normal life of a rock-star wife (shes Mrs. Ric Ocasek, of The Cars), mother of two, and author.
Maybe spending the past five years writing her first novel, A Model Summer, about the good, bad, and ugly bits in her profession, was the catalyst for her frankness about aging. Im not terrified of it, but Im not exactly pleased, she says. At 16, Id fly 36 hours to Tokyo for a job and look fine; today, if I sleep more than eight hours, my eyes are puffed out to here. She frets a bit about wrinkles and weight gain, all while helping herself to mashed potatoes and dismissing all exercisebeyond walking the dogsas boring. Shes only a self-described control freak about SPF, and shes loyal to Patricia Wexler M.D. Daily Moisturizer and StriVectin. Makeup re minds me of work, so I wear very little. I just try to use it effectively. Neutral shadow, hydrating foundation, moist lipcolor, nude lip liner and a youthful glow is (nearly) restored.
Ah, youth. I hope Ill always see beauty as a gift, Porizkova says. It was given to me as a little girl, then snatched away as a teen when I was tall and flat-chested with glasses. Now, I feel its being taken away again, bit by bit. And thats why Im writing. Im working on my other gifts now.