|Paulina Porizkova Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11½ in|
|Date of Birth||April 9, 1965|
Paulina Porizkova is a Czech-born model, author, actress, and director. Her modeling career began in 1980 at the age of 15, with her chiseled face and svelte figure helping her rise quickly in the Paris modeling industry. Her fame soared further after she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1984. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Paulina was considered as one of the most successful models to hail from Central Europe. She married musician Ric Ocasek in 1989, at the height of her career, but sadly the couple parted ways in 2017. In addition to her desirable looks, she also has an artistic bent and shares her creative pursuits like reading, writing, painting, etc. with her 70k plus followers on Instagram.
Prostějov, Olomouc, Czech Republic
New York City, New York, United States
Czech, American, Swedish
Paulina left school at the age of 15 after she was scouted by John Casablancas of Elite Model Management.
Model, Actress, Author, Director
- Father – Jiří Pořízek
- Mother – Anna Pořízková (Midwife, Worked with the Peace Corps in Uganda)
- Siblings – Jáchym Pořízek (Younger Brother)
- Others – Christopher Otcasek (Ex Stepson) (Singer), Adam Otcasek (Ex Stepson), Eron Otcasek (Ex Stepson), Derek Otcasek (Ex Stepson)
Paulina is represented by –
- IMG Models – Milan
- The Model CoOp – New York
- Models 1 – London
- Premium Models – Paris
- Traffic Models – Barcelona
- Place Models – Germany
5 ft 11½ in or 181.5 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Paulina has dated –
- Bruce Hulse – Bruce Hulse, who formerly modeled for Calvin Klein, detailed his s*xual exploits with Paulina, along with other top female models, in his 2008 memoir. According to his autobiography S*x, Love and Fashion: A Memoir of a Male Model, the two hooked up in the 1980s.
- Ric Ocasek (1989-2017) – Lead singer of the rock band The Cars, Ric Ocasek, was introduced to Paulina in 1984 when she featured in his band’s music video Drive. The supermodel and Ric share an age gap of more than 20 years but that didn’t stop sparks from flying between them. The couple got married on August 23, 1989, in St. Barthelemy and became parents to two boys – Jonathan Raven Ocasek (b. November 4, 1993) and Oliver Orion Ocasek (b. May 23, 1998). In May 2018, Paulina posted a heartfelt message on Instagram announcing her split from her husband of 28 years. She elaborated that the couple simply fell out of love and had separated amicably the previous year in 2017.
- Ed Solomon (2019-Present) – In May 2019, a year after announcing her separation, Paulina was pictured getting cozy with screenwriter Ed Solomon in Miami. The duo was seen attending the launch party for the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and walked out hand-in-hand thereafter. Ed has written the screenplay for successful films like Charlie’s Angels (2000), Men in Black (1997), and the Bill & Ted film franchise.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Czech (Moravian) descent.
- High cheekbones
- Sharp jawline
10.5 (US) or 41 (EU) or 8 (UK)
Paulina has done endorsement work for the following brands –
- Sprite Soda (Print Ad) (1985 & 1987)
- Christian Dior (Print Ad) (1987)
- Joanie Char Fashions (Print Ad) (1986)
- Clairol (Print Ad) (1987)
- Estée Lauder
- FreshDirect (2006)
- Jiri Kalfar
- Nars Cosmetics
- Barneys New York
- Anne Klein
- Oscar De La Renta
- Ellen Tracy
- Perry Ellis
- Laura Biagiotti
- Ann Taylor
Best Known For
Her highly successful career as a model in the 1980s and 1990s throughout which she has graced the covers of prominent magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, etc.
In 1984, Paulina made her theatrical film debut in the romantic-drama Covergirl.
First TV Show
Paulina made her first TV show appearance as a guest on the talk show Late Night with David Letterman in March 1984.
Although Paulina is genetically blessed and can rock a bikini even in her 50s, she led an unhealthy lifestyle in her youth owing to heavy smoking and poor nutrition.
It was only in her early 40s, that the supermodel began taking her fitness seriously. In the beginning, physical exercises proved beneficial in helping her deal with panic attacks as well as weaning her off antidepressants. Gradually, she began enjoying the health benefits and positive changes in her body.
Her workout routine includes doing different fitness exercises 5 to 6 days a week. Paulina alternates between pilates, kickboxing, karate, rowing, yoga, and spinning to avoid being in a workout rut. She also enjoys a variety of dance forms like Zumba, Bollywood dancing, belly dancing, and strip dancing and considers it a great way to get in shape.
Fortunately for her, Paulina doesn’t have to take extreme steps in the name of diet. A few rules that she adheres to are eating everything in moderation and ditching diet foods altogether. She has also divulged a simple trick to avoid overeating during meals which is to consume salads and veggies first so that there is limited room left for other calorie-rich foods.
Additionally, Paulina has stayed away from getting treatments like botox and fillers done on her face. Although she is not dead-set against it, she prefers using non-invasive treatments like laser facials, ultherapy, and acupuncture for her overall well-being. Also, she has been using sunscreen (for UVA and UVB rays) since the age of 27 and credits La Roche Posay Anthelios for delaying the signs of aging on her face.
Paulina Porizkova Favorite Things
- Photographer – Arthur Elgort
- Cities In The US – New Orleans
- Author – Neil Gaiman
- Brow Pencil – No. 2 Lead Pencil
- Hobby – Reading
- Quote – “Old age is the revenge of the ugly ones”
- Make-up Combo – Avon’s Anew Genics Treatment Cream and Clarisonic brush
- Czech Model – Petra Nemcova
- TV Series – Rome (HBO)
Paulina Porizkova Facts
- When Paulina was 3 years old, her parents fled from war-torn Czechoslovakia (during the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion) to Lund in Sweden in search of a better life. The toddler was left behind with her grandmother with plans to bring her back to Sweden later. However, the Communist regime refused to oblige and her parents subsequently got embroiled in a public battle to reclaim her. The case was highly publicized in the Swedish media at the time.
- Some years later, her mother Anna, who was pregnant with son Jáchym at the time, attempted to rescue her daughter by returning to Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately, she was detained and placed under house arrest by the national police. But, it was the efforts of Swedish politician Olof Palme, who led the international political pressure, that forced the national authorities to eventually concede. Paulina was allowed to return to Sweden and was reunited with her family after 7 years.
- Sadly, her parents got divorced soon after and her father married a Swede, breaking up the family for good. He also refused to pay for child support which left Anna to bring up both her kids on her own. As a result, Paulina cut all ties with her father from a young age.
- Paulina took part in an impromptu photo shoot at the age of 13 wherein she was dolled up by her school friend Christine, who was a budding makeup artist. Her friend sent the pictures to the Elite modeling agency hoping to be recognized for her make-up artist skills. But instead, Paulina’s face grabbed the attention of modeling agent John Casablancas who helped launch her modeling career.
- She appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue back to back in 1984 and 1985. Before her, only Christie Brinkley had featured on the magazine’s covers consecutively, in her case, for 3 years in 1979, 1980, and 1981.
- Paulina, seen primarily as a swimsuit model, made the shift to European sophisticate after landing a record-breaking deal with Estée Lauder in 1988. As a part of the lucrative 7-year contract, the highest-paying of its time, she received $6 million per year till 1995. She was succeeded by Elizabeth Hurley.
- She was enlisted by People Magazine as one of the ’50 Most Beautiful People in the World’ in 1990 and 1992.
- In March 2007, Paulina joined Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Alec Mazo. Sadly, she was voted off in the first week of elimination rounds on the dance reality show.
- In May 2008, Paulina replaced British fashion icon Twiggy as the judge of the 10th season of America’s Next Top Model. However, her stint lasted only from cycles 10 to 12 as she was fired from the job on April 9, 2009, (her 44th birthday) for allegedly being too egocentric.
- Her op-ed piece titled “America Made Me a Feminist” was published in The New York Times on June 10, 2017.
- The alternative rock band, The Rentals, dedicated a song titled Friends of P to Porizkova on their debut album Return of the Rentals (1995).
- Similarly, she was the subject of No Doubt‘s single Paulina from their eponymous debut album in 1992.
- A Model Summer, her debut novel was released in 2007. The plot of the book revolves around a 15-year-old Swedish girl Jirina’s experience working in the Paris fashion industry.
- She contributed as a co-author on the children’s book, The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach along with fellow model Joanne Russell. The book, published in September 1992, was illustrated by her stepson Adam Ocasek.
- Paulina is a self-professed bibliophile. Her Instagram account contains many sultry pictures of her holding a book (for the monthly recommendation) along with the hashtag #PaulinasPicks.
- Apart from writing, her interests also include photography, doing oil paintings, and playing classical piano.
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