Maria Shriver is publishing Paulina Porizkova’s upcoming collection of ‘intimate’ essays about the ‘complexities of womanhood’ through her book imprint, The Open Field.
The 56-year-old model’s non-fiction debut — ‘No Filter’ — is slated for release on October 25, Oprah Daily reported on Tuesday. Shriver, who launched her partnership with Penguin Life in early 2021, felt Porizkova’s voice was a natural fit for her imprint.
‘I reached out to Paulina because I thought she was uniquely qualified to write in real time about the different challenges women face throughout life’s various phases: aging with honesty, coping with loss and identity, finding a renewed sense of mission and purpose, and using your voice to inspire others as they deal with the same issues,’ Shriver, 66, told the outlet.
Maria Shriver’s book imprint, The Open Field, will publish Paulina Porizkova’s non-fiction debut, ‘No Filter,’ on October 25, Oprah Daily reported on Tuesday
Porizkova, 56, announced she was writing a book back in December (pictured). Her upcoming collection of essays is about the ‘complexities of womanhood’
The publisher described the book as ‘a series of intimate, introspective, and enlightening essays about the complexities of womanhood at every age.’
For years, Porizkova has used Instagram as an outlet to share her musings about womanhood, aging, love, mental health struggles, and grief.
The model-turned-writer was born in Cold War Czechoslovakia and raised in Sweden. She started modeling when she was 15 years old and shot to fame. By 1984, she had landed her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover at the age of 18.
That same year, she met her late husband, Ric Ocasek, on the set of the music video for The Cars’ hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. They wed five years later, when she was 24 and he was 45.
The Czech-born model covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 1984 at the age of 18
That same year, she met her rocker husband, Ric Ocasek, on the set of the music video for The Cars’ hit ‘Drive.’ They married five years later when she was 24 and he was 45
Porizkova and Ocasek had two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver, and were married for nearly 30 years when they announced the separation in 2018
Porizkova and Ocasek had two sons together — Jonathan and Oliver — and were married for nearly 30 years when they announced the separation in 2018.
They were going through a divorce when she found him dead in their shared Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at age 75.
The next day, she learned he had cut her out of his will just weeks before, claiming she had ‘abandoned’ him. He left her without any money to live off of, including her own earnings.
Porizkova has spoken openly about the betrayal as she grappled with depression, anxiety, and anger in the wake of his passing.
They were going through a divorce when she found him dead in their shared Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at age 75. A day later, she learned he had cut her out of his will
For years, Porizkova has used Instagram as an outlet to share her musings about aging, love, and grief. She has also been candid about her mental health struggles after Ocasek’s death
In October, she revealed she had reached a settlement with her late husband’s estate and would receive what was owed to her per New York state law, which was one-third of Ocasek’s assets.
‘Three years ago, I was pushed off the ocean liner I thought was my world, and found myself in dark waters, searching for lights to guide me,’ Porizkova told Oprah Daily about that difficult time in her life.
‘I know the importance of those who light the way, and I hope this book can be a light for others,’ she added. ‘Being able to write a book for Maria Shriver’s new imprint is the chance to broadcast a light from her lighthouse, and I’m honored and grateful to be able to contribute to her mission of uniting all the lights she finds.’
‘No Filter’ was acquired from agent Marly Rusoff and will be edited by Amy Sun. It is one of the roughly three books Shriver’s imprint will publish this year.
Shriver. 66, said she reached o out to Porizkova because she thought she was ‘uniquely qualified to write in real time about the different challenges women face’
Porizkova has been spending eight to ten hours a day working on her book of essays
‘This is me for the last six weeks, every day – including the weekends,’ she captioned a photo of herself at her laptop in January
Porizkova said she is ‘honored and grateful’ to have her collection of essays published by Shriver’s imprint, which only releases about three books a year
Last year, The Open Field released ‘The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening,’ an anthology compiled by Tim Shriver and Tom Rosshirt, and ‘The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your Self’ by Martha Beck.
Porizkova’s first novel, a roman à clef titled ‘A Model Summer,’ was published in 2007.
Porizkova’s first novel, a roman à clef titled ‘A Model Summer,’ was published in 2007
She also wrote the children’s book ‘The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach,’ which came out in 1992.
She announced that she was writing another book in December while sharing a video of herself hard at work at her computer.
‘Yeah, I am writing a book. That’s exactly what I’m doing,’ she said. ‘For the next few months, I’m going to be really hard at work getting this stuff done.
‘I’m very excited about it, but it’s also a lot of solitary work. So, stay tuned.’
In follow-up posts, she explained she has been writing day and night, though she never shared any specific details about the book itself.
‘This is me for the last six weeks, every day — including the weekends,’ she captioned a photo of herself at her laptop in January.
‘There is a famous saying about writing: “Writing is easy; you just open a vein and bleed.” Well, I’ve been slashing and hacking away, bleeding all over my pages,’ she added.
‘It may be simple in idea, but pretty painful on execution. Soon I’ll be able to share what I’m up to. For now, these are my days, but my nights are heating up.