Sunday, February 04, 2007

Paulina Porizkova

In Are You There, God? It's Me, Paulina Radaronline.com dishes on supermodel Paulina Porizkova saying, "Former supermodel Paulina Porizkova leads an enviable life, with fame, money, looks, and a rock star husband to boot. Turns out all she ever really wanted to be was Judy Blume."

Porizkova's written a book, A Model Summer, due out this spring.

Best bit from the book (from the article) is: "I feel him harden again. Back in, back out. This time I count. Five thrusts before it's over. I'm beginning to feel like a mattress with a convenient hole. And it doesn't stop ... This sex thing is truly overrated; even Kafka would be more entertaining right now."

I'll probably get it not just because of it's promise, or the fact that I like knowing that pretty faces have literary minds, but because it once again gives me that chance to say her name.

I first 'met' Porizkova when she became the Lauder Girl and pushed Knowing perfume. Like many, I loved the sophisticated black-and-white ads, which unbeknownst to me helped transform Porizkova's public image from a swimsuit model to that of European sophisticate, and bought bucket-loads of the fragrance. She not only was beautiful, but typified myself in the late 80's and early 90's -- post Madonna, I was dropping my bangles, big hair and slutty girl attitude and wanted to project, if not be, a more elegant, sexy woman.

More fun than anything was to say her last name: Porizkova. With an accent, of course. I dare admit here, nameless and faceless so not accountable, that I used that name and accent out in bars. Porizkova. It still sounds so opulent rolling of my tongue... I may have to talk like that tonight at dinner.

Another thing to love Paulina for was her irreverence about the beauty and fashion industry. This no doubt due to the influence of her mother, Iva Parizkowa Ryggeståhl, being a liberal politician & leader in Sweden. Her disparaging remarks about the fashion and beauty industry, such as her beauty is "a matter of mathematics: the number of millimeters between the eyes and chin," and, "When I model I pretty much go blank. You can't think too much or it doesn't work," at once debunked and built myths about the beauty business.

Paulina, along with her physical beauty, is a well-read woman. Even at her most popular, the most quoted Porizkova statement was, "My boyfriend thinks I lost my true calling to be a librarian." For those of us who may not have had her look, we sure knew that reading was part of her sophistication. (Her love of reading bodes well for the book.) We justified that we wouldn't want to force our minds to go blank just to be a supermodel and marry a rock star anyway.

Marrying a rock star was tough too. Ocasek had a wife when they met, and Paulina didn't want to be the other woman, especially in the press. So they kept quiet and announced their love only after his divorce. But that didn't stop family from being angry. Paulina's been rather outspoken about the abuse she took as a step-mom with one of Rick's sons -- and about how she and that young man took his aggression out properly and bonded via martial arts. Talk about sophistication -- how many other women would have taken such a route?

Since Porizkova's book is touted to be somewhat autobiographical, I am looking forward to its release. I'm expecting it to be well-written and full of the Paulina I want to see looking back at her modeling days.

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Blogger Silent-Porn-Star said...

Paulina's to be on Dancing with the Stars.

12:34 PM  

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