For many models, posing in Sports Illustrated is a dream come true. The magazine’s iconic swimsuit issue can help young models break into the modeling world, and reinforces older models’ positions as some of the best in the world.
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova is a Sports Illustrated legend. The model, raised in Sweden, was on the cover of the swimsuit issue for two years in a row from 1984 to 1985, and has gone on to be one of fashion’s most influential models and is now a successful author and feminist.
Paulina, who is married to the Cars singer Ric Ocasek, revealed that Sports Illustrated called her around Christmastime in 2017, asking if she would be interested in posing for the magazine again. At first, she admits, her answer was one big no. As she tells Rachael, “I’m like nearly 53-years-old, like, this is not the moment for me to be trying to be… like, you know, being sexy and flirtatious on the beach just seemed like that era has passed.”
But Paulina did eventually agree to pose for the magazine. She says everything changed when the magazine told her the shoot was something different. She wouldn’t be posting sexily on the beach in a bikini — instead, she writes for SI, the shoot was all about “words and nudity.” Now a writer, the idea of plastering words on her body piqued Paulina’s interests. She writes, “…melding me the model with me the writer was an irresistible offer. I would get to use my body in a new way: to make people read!”
After a long, stressful deliberation, Paulina chose one word to paint on her body: truth.
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Photos: CBS — Rachael Ray Show
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