Paulina Porizkova: Czech-Born Model and Writer
Paulina Porizkova is a model who has accomplished success that few can match, appearing regularly in Sports Illustrated and high-end fashion campaigns.
Over her career, she has faced many trials and difficulties; now is the time for her to share her tale.
Paulina Porizkova’s Biography
Paulina Porizkova is a model who has appeared three times on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and numerous top designers’ runway collections, while also being recognized by US Vogue as a ‘Modern Muse.’ Born April 9, 1965, in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia she now holds dual citizenships with both nations: her parents fled Czechoslovakia at four years old to escape Soviet invasion, leaving Paulina with her grandmother until six years later when they finally could reunite her family.
Paulina began her modeling career in Paris during the early 1980s. She quickly rose to become a well-known face, appearing in fashion shows and ads for Hermes, Chanel, and Christian Dior among others. In additionally to modeling, Paulina has appeared in movies and television shows; top photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Marco Glaviano, and Herb Ritts photographed her.
In 1987, she appeared in the movie Anna and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Since then she has appeared in other films like Female Perversions and Dark Asylum – as well as having written her book called A Model Summer!
Porizkova remains popular with fans even at age 58. Her attractive figure makes her one of the world’s top models, and her charmed personality has enabled her to become both a successful businesswoman and a popular actress. Paulina Porizkova has an estimated net worth of $12 Million. Her daughter Valentina, an accomplished singer herself, has appeared in several music videos alongside her mother Paulina Porizkova. Paulina Porizkova is well known for her charitable endeavors as she has worked with various nonprofit organizations over time. Paulina Ocasek currently serves as global ambassador for Make a Wish Foundation and recently lost her husband of 30 years, Ric Ocasek, after they had two children together. Paulina has long championed gay rights and spoken out against discrimination towards them; additionally, she holds strong political affiliations and belongs to the Democratic Party.
Paulina Porizkova’s Modeling and Acting Career
Paulina Porizkova is an actress and model who has appeared in multiple movies, television shows, and fashion magazines. In addition, she has published a book and is married to Ric Ocasek of Cars fame (lead singer).
She began modeling in the early 1980s and quickly established herself as an industry icon. By age 18, she had made Sports Illustrated history, appearing as the first Central European woman ever on its cover; since then she has graced more major magazines’ covers including Maxim, Elle Harper’s Bazaar, and Self. Furthermore, she can often be found featured in music videos.
Although she enjoyed an early success, she has struggled with personal issues throughout her life. After both parents left her in the care of her grandmother while fleeing Czechoslovakia to escape Soviet invasion, neither ever returned; eventually her mother won custody while her father refused to provide any spousal or child support and ultimately cut all ties with his daughter.
While she no longer holds top model status, Paulina has continued her active involvement in acting. She has appeared in both independent films and television series as well as high-profile roles like appearing as an unexpected neighbor on HBO’s drama series The Leftovers; additionally, she hosts her show called Paulina on Style Channel.
She has written both a novel and collaborated on a children’s book with Joanne Russell, with both works appearing in literary journals as well as being featured by Huffington Post as contributors. Furthermore, she has been photographed by notable photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Marco Glaviano and her images have been included in several books including LIFE magazine swimsuit pictures from many years ago.
Porizkova managed to maintain her beauty and good health despite a difficult upbringing, boasting a good figure and remaining very youthful at age 58. She serves as an inspiring role model for women seeking healthy lifestyles; regularly posting workout routines on Instagram to motivate followers in keeping fit.
Paulina Porizkova is a Writer
Paulina Porizkova is best known as an international supermodel who graces Sports Illustrated and Vogue covers. In 2007 her first novel A Model Summer was published; now in No Filter, her story reveals heartbreak, beauty, and growing old all at the same time.
Porizkova began her life in Cold War Czechoslovakia, serving as both a political pawn and cover for her parents when they fled Sweden to escape Soviet invasion. They kept her hidden with her grandmother until she was nine; once in Paris, their reunion led to an amazing career: one that saw her become one of the highest-paid models worldwide and judge on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10 judge and face of Estee Lauder until 1989 when Porizkova rose even higher fame due to starring in their iconic “Drive.”
Porizkova as a writer is drawn to the escapism and imagination that glossy magazine writing provides, especially through fashion writing’s expressive lyrical language that draws out real feelings from its subjects. She believes honesty and openness are crucial principles in writing; therefore she applies those principles in her works.
She strives to write with humor and engage her readers. She is particularly concerned with ageism in beauty culture, believing that women over fifty should be more visible. Yet she admits she struggles with her aging process, admitting that she may not always be at her best.
Porizkova has long been an advocate for women’s rights, speaking out against sexual and domestic abuse as well as anti-Semitism and xenophobia. She currently is working towards creating an international network to bring victims from different nations together for mutual support; writing a children’s book with Joanne Russell as well as working on her second novel is just among many other activities she enjoys doing.
Paulina Porizkova’s Personal Life
Paulina Porizkova’s parents fled Czechoslovakia during the Soviet invasion of 1968 and settled in Sweden, but were unable to bring Paulina with them; upon trying to bring her home they were arrested and put under house arrest, ultimately staging a hunger strike at the Czech embassy for her return and making national headlines before being permitted back and reunited with their daughter.
Paulina was one of the most iconic models of the 1980s, often appearing on covers and leading an elegant life in New York City. She married a rock star with two children: Jonathan and Oliver before separating in 2018. Tragically, in September 2019 at age 75 he passed away.
Now, she is using her celebrity and platform to raise awareness about mental health. Her book No Filter offers a candid account of her life as a public figure and the challenges she has experienced as a mother and woman; additionally, racism has been something she has personally encountered first-hand.
Paulina is an inspiring mother and passionate champion for women’s rights, including reproductive and anti-human trafficking issues. Her work is both intimate and empowering – garnering her an impressive social media following.
When she’s not walking the runway, 57-year-old model Anna Psatoutis enjoys time with her family. Recently she posted a photo showing off their toned abs. Anna and Psatoutis took part in a Nofar Method workout on Zoom together before posing for a mirror selfie following a mirror selfie and complimented their mother on her persistence with their captioned photo post.
Model Jill Ocasek shares Jonathan and Oliver with her late husband Ric Ocasek; they married in 1989 and welcomed their first son together, Jonathan in 1993 followed five years later by Oliver. Although separated, they remained together at the time of Ric’s death in September 2019. Under New York law she may claim a share of his estate.