Paulina Porizkova (and Lily Tomlin) arise for Madonna
Paulina Porizkova believes Madonna — with the brand new look she debuted at Sunday’s Grammy Awards — is forcing the world to debate getting old. Specifically, girls and getting old. And she respects the singer for it.
“I’ve been receiving tweets that mention my face as an example of aging gracefully, as opposed to Madonna,” the 57-year-old supermodel wrote this week in an Instagram submit that highlighted a New York Times visitor essay about reactions to the Material Girl’s look. “But what Madonna is doing, whether accidentally or deliberately, is flushing out the shaming of older women.”
Madonna “is forcing us to talk about, or at least notice, our cultural and societal biases and judgements,” the Czech-born Porizkova wrote in her Thursday submit, which actor Lily Tomlin then shared on her personal Instagram account. “She’s putting herself out there once again, seemingly shameless, and drawing ire.”
The pop icon, 64, turned heads on the Grammys as she launched Sam Smith and Kim Petras. It wasn’t what she was carrying or what she was saying, in line with essayist Jennifer Weiner; it was her “preternaturally smooth and extravagantly sculpted face.” Social media went into overdrive with memes and feedback, a lot of them merciless.
Weiner, identified for novels equivalent to “Good in Bed” and “The Summer Place,” questioned in her NYT piece why Madonna had offered herself as she did. Was it magnificence tradition? Pressure to look younger? Or maybe one thing else?
“I’d like to think that our era’s greatest chameleon, a woman who has always been intentional about her reinvention, was doing something slyer, more subversive, by serving us both a new — if not necessarily improved — face and a side of critique about the work of beauty, the inevitability of aging, and the impossible bind in which older female celebrities find themselves,” Weiner wrote.
The piece apparently touched one thing in Porizkova, who earlier this week promoted a Scandinavian Vogue cowl that confirmed her with grey hair. The mannequin has been a steadfast proponent of embracing getting old with each arms.
“Madonna, love her or hate her, has always seemed fearless in refusing to accept shame. Is her look the result of the (perhaps) unwilling acceptance of shame heaped on an aging woman in the public eye, magnified to an extreme, so she can deflect the shame of aging – by being so obvious about refusing to age?,” Porizkova wrote.
“Honestly, I don’t care. I respect her for paving her own road, and grateful that she gets the rest of us talking.”
Madonna clapped again at critics this week as properly. On Instagram, she chided folks for not listening to what she stated about “the fearlessness” of Smith and Petras and as an alternative specializing in “Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone’s face!!”
The singer blamed ageism and misogyny in a world that, in her opinion, “refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45.” And she reminded folks of her observe report.
“I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start,” wrote Madonna, who lately introduced a world tour to rejoice her 40 years of hits. “I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come. …
“I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior -pushing boundaries-Standing up to the patriarchy -and Most of all enjoying my life.”