Paulina Porizkova

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Paulina Porizkova
Pavlína Pořízková 2014.JPG
Porizkova in 2014
Born
Pavlína Pořízková

(1965-04-09) 9 April 1965 (age 57)
Czechoslovakia
Citizenship
  • Sweden
  • United States
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
  • author
Spouse(s)
(m. 1989; died 2019)
Children2
Modeling information
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Agency
  • The Model CoOp (New York)
  • Premium Models (Paris)
  • IMG Models (Milan)
  • Models 1 (London)
  • Traffic Models (Barcelona)
  • Place Models (Hamburg)[2]

Paulina Porizkova (born Pavlína Pořízková, Czech: [ˈpavliːna ˈpor̝iːskovaː]; 9 April 1965) is a Swedish model and actress. She was the first Central European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984, aged 18.[3] In 1988, she earned what was then the highest-paying modeling contract ever: a $6,000,000 contract with Estée Lauder. She was part of the judging panel of America's Next Top Model in Cycles 10–12.

Early life[edit]

Born near Prostějov, then in Czechoslovakia, to Anna Pořízková and Jiří Pořízka, Porizkova was three when her anti-Soviet dissident parents fled Czechoslovakia to Lund, Sweden, to escape the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion.[4] She was left in the care of her grandmother.[5] Czechoslovak authorities would not allow her parents to reclaim her, and the ensuing battle was widely publicized in the Swedish press, making Porizkova a cause célèbre.[4][5]

After a failed rescue attempt when Porizkova was seven, in which her pregnant mother returned to Czechoslovakia and was briefly detained by the national police and then placed under house arrest,[5] international political pressure led by Olof Palme caused the communist government to allow the Pořízek family to be reunited after seven years.[4] The reunion was soon ended when Porizkova's parents divorced after her father left the family.[5] Porizkova and her father, who refused to pay child support for her and her younger brother, have been estranged since her youth.[5] Anna, a midwife, remarried at least twice and, as of 2010, was reported to be serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda.[5]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

External images
image icon Porizkova's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from 13 February 1984
image icon Porizkova's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from 11 February 1985

Porizkova shared the photo that got the attention of modeling scout John Casablancas. She was 13. One of her friends, who wanted to be a makeup artist, painted Porizkova's face, along with other friends, and sent the photographs to modeling agencies in Paris in the hopes of getting hired. "Soon after, a modeling agent called inviting me to Copenhagen to meet the famed model scout John Casablancas. ... He took one look at me and asked: ‘Want to go to Paris?’ As if I'd say no! The rest, as they say, is history."[4][6]

Porizkova rose to become a top model in Paris during the early 1980s, and her fame spread to the United States when she posed in swimwear for Sports Illustrated.[improper synthesis?] In 1984, at 18 years old, she became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.[3] She appeared again on the cover in 1985.[7] She was the second woman (after Christie Brinkley) to be featured on the swimsuit issue's front cover in consecutive years (1984 and 1985).[8] Her first appearance as a model in the magazine was in 1983.[4] She appeared on the cover and inside New York in July, 1985.[9] Harper's Bazaar named her one of its ten most beautiful women in 1992 and American Photo magazine in its first issue declared her to be the model of the 1980s.[10][11][12][13][14] Porizkova appeared on the covers of numerous magazines around the world during the 1980s and 1990s, including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Self, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour.[4][10][15]

She has been featured in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Hermes, Christian Dior, Oscar De La Renta, Mikimoto, Perry Ellis, Laura Biagiotti, Anne Klein, Ellen Tracy, Barneys New York, Ann Taylor, Guerlain, and Revlon and appeared on the runway for Calvin Klein.[16][citation needed]

In 1988, Porizkova won what was then the highest-paying modeling contract: a $6,000,000 contract with Estée Lauder, replacing Willow Bay.[17][18][19] The black-and-white television and print advertising campaign won praise from critics. The Estée Lauder makeover transformed Porizkova's public image from a swimsuit model to that of European sophisticate and she remained the company's face until 1995.[18][20][21][22] She soon landed another multimillion-dollar contract, with Escada.[23][citation needed]

Television work[edit]

Porizkova was part of the panel of judges on America's Next Top Model (ANTM), starting on Cycle 10, replacing fashion icon Twiggy.[24]

Porizkova continued to conduct regular weekly evaluations of ANTM participants on the show until she announced during a 12 May 2009, appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she had been fired from the show.[25] Although Porizkova maintained she was told by producers that she had an "ego problem," especially when she "consistently complained" about Tyra Banks' reported lateness to the set, ANTM executive producer Ken Mok and Banks released a statement claiming Porizkova's firing was due to "the current state of the economy," forcing ANTM to "make major budget cuts…unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts." When questioned by ABC News journalist Cynthia McFadden about the firing of Porizkova as well as former ANTM colleague, Janice Dickinson, both of whom had complained Banks was "difficult," Banks refused to address the issue.[26][27][28]

She appeared on Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes.[29]

Porizkova was a participant on Dancing with the Stars,[30] in spring 2007 but was voted off on the first results show which aired on 27 March 2007.[31]

In 2009 and 2010, she played Clarissa on about five episodes of the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns.[32] Porizkova appeared in the fourth episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories' second season.[33]

Acting[edit]

Porizkova's film debut was in the 1983 modeling mockumentary, Portfolio.[34] She appeared in the 1987 film Anna. In 1989, she co-starred with Tom Selleck in the film Her Alibi.[35] She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for worst actress for her appearance in the film.[36]

Porizkova appeared in Emir Kusturica's 1993 film Arizona Dream, with Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis, in a minor role as Lewis's young Polish fiancée. She had the main female role in the 1998 film Thursday. Porizkova wrote and directed the 2001 film, Roommates.[37][38][39][40] She also starred in the 2001 thriller film Dark Asylum, alongside Judd Nelson.[41] In 2004, she starred in the romantic comedy Knots. She appeared in an episode of the Starz comedy series Head Case which aired on 24 April 2009. She appeared in a 6th-season episode of Desperate Housewives, "Chromolume No. 7", alongside model Heidi Klum. She appeared on the ABC Family drama-comedy series Jane by Design in an episode which aired on 6 March 2012, and made a guest appearance on The Mysteries of Laura in February 2015.[42][43][44]

Writing[edit]

Porizkova co-authored a children's book, The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach (ISBN 978-0385424028) with British model Joanne Russell and illustrated by her stepson Adam Ocasek, that was published in September 1992. She published her first novel, A Model Summer (ISBN 978-1401303266; Modellsommar in Swedish), in 2007, which is about a 15-year-old Swedish girl (Jirina) chosen by a modeling agent to spend a summer working in Paris in 1980. Porizkova is a blogger for Modelinia and The Huffington Post.[45]

In popular culture[edit]

Porizkova is the subject of three songs: "Friends of P" by The Rentals,[46] "Paulina" by No Doubt, and "Dear Paulina" (written for the film Thursday in which she appeared) by Luna. She is one of several women referenced in Sonic Youth's song "Swimsuit Issue", from the 1992 album Dirty.[47] She was the inspiration of the late transgender model and ballroom performer Octavia St. Laurent who spoke glowingly about her in the documentary film Paris is Burning.[48] She has said that St. Laurent's praise and idolization in the documentary was the favorite moment of her modeling career.[49]

Personal life[edit]

In 1984, Porizkova met Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, during the filming of The Cars' music video "Drive".[50] The two married on 23 August 1989.[51][4] They had two sons, Jonathan Raven Ocasek (b. 4 November 1993).[50] and Oliver Ocasek (b. 1999).[52] In May 2018, Porizkova announced she and Ocasek had separated a year earlier.[53][54]

In September 2019, while caring for Ocasek following an unspecified surgery, she found him dead in his home.[55] At the time of his death, Porizkova and Ocasek were still in the process of their divorce, though he had disinherited her as well as his two eldest sons[56] in a new will, alleging that before his recent surgery she had "abandoned" him, a legally significant term.[citation needed] In 2021, her dispute with Ocasek's estate was settled. Porizkova commented, "They gave me what is mine under New York state law, and we’re done."[56]

In 2021, Porizkova briefly dated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.[57]

In "America Made Me a Feminist", an article she wrote for The New York Times, Porizkova stated that she considered herself a feminist.[58]

Porizkova holds dual Swedish and U.S. citizenship.[59][60]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Anna Krystyna
1989 Her Alibi Nina Lonescu
1993 Arizona Dream Millie
1996 Female Perversions Langley Flynn
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Tanya Touchev
1998 Long Time Since Diane Thwaite
1998 Thursday Dallas
2000 The Intern Herself Cameo
2001 Dark Asylum Dr. Maggie Bellum
2004 Knots Lily Kildear
2012 About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now Herself Documentary
2017 Kevyn Aucoin Beauty & The Beast in Me Herself Documentary
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Saturday Night Live Herself "Bronson Pinchot" (season 12: episode 11)
2008–2010 America's Next Top Model Judge Judge for cycles 10–12
2009–2010 As the World Turns Clarissa
2010 Desperate Housewives Herself
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Charlotte Bernice
2016 Nightcap Ana
2017 Bull Nella Wester Episode: "Dressed to Kill"
2022 Beyond the Edge Herself
Music Videos
Year Title Role Notes
1984 "Drive" Herself

Bibliography[edit]

  • "America Made Me a Feminist". The New York Times, 10 June 2017[58]
  • A Model Summer. Hyperion, 8 April 2008[61]

See also[edit]

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