Paulina Porizkova has opened up about how a photographer placed his bare penis on her shoulder at a shoot when she was 15 years old, saying it was the first time she had ever seen male genitalia.
The supermodel reflected on the traumatic incident during her appearance on Red Table Talk, the Facebook Watch series Jada Pinkett Smith co-hosts with her daughter, Willow, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
‘I’m 15 years old. Like, freshly 15 years old. I’m in Paris. Getting hired for any kind of a job was such a big deal because I thought that every job could be my last, and you wanted to be the nice, little girl and oblige everybody,’ she explained.
Paulina Porizkova, 57, opened up about how a photographer exposed himself to her when she was a teen model during her appearance on Jada Pinkett Smiths’ series Red Table Talk
The supermodel (pictured in 1986) said she was ‘freshly 15 years old’ at a shoot in Paris when the photographer walked up behind her and rested his bare penis on her shoulder
Porizkova, who was at the shoot by herself, recalled sitting in front of a mirror and getting her makeup done while the hair stylist who was hired for the shoot stood off to the side.
Porizkova recalled being confused as everyone in the room laughed
‘The photographer walks in from behind, and then I feel something on my shoulder, and it’s, like, kind of warm and heavy, and he’s laughing at me, and the makeup artist is laughing at me, and the hairdresser is laughing. Everybody’s laughing,’ she said.
‘And I’m like, “What is that?” It kind of looks like a brown flower…but it feels like pantyhose stuffed with mashed potatoes,’ she remembered thinking.
‘Like, I could not for the world figure this out, and it wasn’t until he retracted it and zipped up his fly that I realized it was his penis.’
Porizkova noted that people who were in the room laughing were women, saying this wasn’t the first time the photographer had done that to a model.
‘This was his little joke that he did to young girls,’ she said. ‘It was certainly the first time I saw a penis.’
The model’s story reminded Pinkett Smith of how the late designer Karl Lagerfeld praised her for never leaving her daughter, Willow, alone on a set.
‘I’m like, “What is that?” It kind of looks like a brown flower…but it feels like pantyhose stuffed with mashed potatoes,’ she remembered thinking
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star said she didn’t realize it was his penis until he stepped back and zipped up his pants
‘He said, “Never, Jada. Never leave her alone on the set.” And he didn’t go into detail,’ the actress explained.
Porizkova agreed that there is ‘a lot of sexual harassment going on’ in the modeling industry that used to be part of the culture.
‘If I saw that being done now to my granddaughters or my nieces, I’d be horrified, and I’d want to go and kill somebody,’ she said.
Porizkova also shared intimate details about her relationship with her late husband, Ric Ocasek during the sit-down, from their first meeting to the moment she decided to end their marriage.
The Czech-born model was only 19 and had never heard of The Cars when she was hired to appear in the music video for the band’s hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. She had seen Ocasek on TV, but she didn’t know who he was. For her, it was love at first sight.
Porizkova noted that people who were in the room laughing were women, saying this wasn’t the first time the photographer had done that to a model
‘This was his little joke that he did to young girls,’ she said. ‘It was certainly the first time I saw a penis’
The model’s story reminded Pinkett Smith of how the late designer Karl Lagerfeld warned her to never leave her daughter, Willow, alone on a set
‘I show up at the Four Seasons, and the door opens, and the guy from the video walked out, and it was literally like one of those, like, teenage wet dreams,’ she said. ‘I was like…I can’t breathe. It’s like magnets drawn across the room to each other, and it’s like…we found each other.’
Porizkova noted that she didn’t know The Cars frontman was married to his second wife, Suzanne Ocasek, when they started their courtship.
She said they had ‘already made out,’ and she was ‘passionately in love’ with him when he dropped the bombshell. She left her boyfriend and was waiting for him to divorce his wife when she found out there were ‘children involved.’
Ocasek had two sons, Eron and Derek, with Suzanne. He also had two older sons, Chris and Adam, with his first wife, Constance Campbell.
Porizkova said they kept their relationship secret for three years while she waited for him to leave Suzanne.
Porizkova also opened up about her relationship with her late husband, Ric Ocasek, from their first meeting to the moment that ended their marriage
Porizkova was only 19 when she met The Cars frontman on the set of the music video for the band’s hit ‘Drive’ in 1984 (pictured). For her, it was love at first sight
‘I was in too deep at that point. I was madly in love with him, and when he said that he needed time because there were two small children involved, I went, “He’s such a good dad,”’ she recalled. ‘And it never really dawned on me that he had all the lies that had started as soon as we met.’
Porizkova and Ocasek finally wed in 1989, when she was 24 and he was 45. They had two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver.
She explained that they were consumed with each other for years, but as she got matured and developed her own opinions, she expected more from him than he was willing to give.
They had been secretly separated for months when she attended the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with him.
‘I was like, “I’m gonna go. I’m gonna be your wife. I’m gonna be fully supportive because I know how much this means to you.” And he was the only guy who didn’t thank his wife on the podium,’ she explained.
‘So when we got back home, I was like, “Yeah, okay, so now we’re going public, and I’m gonna start dating.” And he went, “Okay, do your thing.” So I did my thing.’
Ocasek was still married to his second wife, Suzanne Ocasek, when he fell for Porizkova, and he kept his relationship with her secret for three years as she waited for him to get divorced
Porizkova and Ocasek got married in 1989 and went on to have two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver (pictured as a family 2016). They announced their separation in 2018
A month later, she announced their separate on Instagram.
Porizkova and Ocasek were going through a divorce but still living in their New York City townhouse together when he suddenly died of natural causes on September 15, 2019, at the age of 75.
‘He had surgery because they’d found stage 0 lung cancer,’ she said of his final days, explaining that the early diagnosis was ‘kind of good news’ because he had been a ‘heavy smoker.’
‘He was recovering really well. Two weeks [later], he was walking around, he was starting to feel much better, he was sleeping better. And this night, he said, “You know what, I’m feeling kinda tired.”‘
The next morning, she noticed that he ‘still wasn’t up’ at 10, but she didn’t think much of it because he kept ‘rock star hours’ and ‘tended to sleep late.’
Porizkova explained that they were secretly separated when she attended the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with him as a show of support as his wife
The model recalled how Ocasek was the ‘only guy who didn’t thank his wife on the podium.’ That was when she decided to go public with their separation
‘By 11, I was like, he’s sleeping in a little bit too long, so I’m going to make him a cup of coffee and I’m going to bring it up to him. Like maybe he’s not feeling so great,’ she remembered.
‘I brought him a cup of coffee and he just looked like he was sleeping. I set the coffee down next to him and that’s when I saw his face. I saw his eyes — and they didn’t look like eyes anymore.
‘And it all kind of started going through my head. I was like, “Oh, I can’t move. Oh, I think I’m gonna pass…oh, no, my legs are giving out. Okay, and I’m just gonna, hmm, fall onto the floor here. Well, this is interesting.”
‘And that coupled with this, like, panic of, like, “Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God.’ And then I think my only thought was, “I have to get to my children. I have to get to my boys,’ she continued.
‘And it was kind of lucky that they were both at home. And I couldn’t walk. I crawled downstairs on my elbows, like, three flights of stairs on my elbows ’cause I couldn’t use my legs. Just the damnedest things. Like, how your body just [shuts off].’
Porizkova and Ocasek were separated but still living together when he suddenly died of natural causes in their home on September 15, 2019, at the age of 75
Ocasek had secretly cut her out of his will, leaving her without any money to live off of. She had to rely on friends for support as she scrambled to sell their New York City townhouse (pictured)
The day after he died, 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.
Ocasek’s oldest sons, Chris and Adam, were also left out of his will.
Porizkova recalled how one of her girlfriends insisted that she go through Ocasek’s phone, but she was reluctant at first.
‘She’s like, “If you don’t do it, I’ll do it.” So I looked through his phone, and I found some interesting communications between him and his divorce lawyer. Let’s just put it that way,’ she said. ‘But it was his choice to hire her, and when she kept pushing, he went and did as she suggested.’
‘He didn’t expect to die,’ she noted. ‘We didn’t expect him to die. His lawyers didn’t expect him to die.’
Without any money, Porizkova had to ask her friends to buy her groceries as she rushed to sell the Gramercy Park townhouse she had lived in for decades.
Porizkova has opened up about her life and marriage in her new memoir, ‘No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful,’ which was released on Tuesday
It was Maria Shriver (pictured) who had reached out to her about writing the book for her imprint, Open Field
‘Property values in New York had just fallen off a cliff,’ she explained. ‘And I had to sell my house immediately because I couldn’t pay for anything.’
Porizkova shared that the photo she chose for the cover doesn’t feature any filters
A year after Ocasek’s death, she told the home for $10 million — far less than the $15.25 million they had previously listed it for in 2016.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model has been candid about her struggles with dating following her late husband’s death. She was briefly in a relationship with screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin, whom she continued to praise after their breakup.
‘It’s a small pool. Dirty, little puddle. Girls, ladies, it sucks. It turns out that, on the dating apps, men our age, my age, that are willing to sleep with women our age have slept with all my girlfriends already,’ she admitted.
‘So there’s, like, these five guys we keep passing around. They’re like, “So did you sleep with him yet? Yeah, don’t bother. Okay, cool, thanks.”‘
Porizkova has opened up about her life and marriage in her new memoir, ‘No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful,’ which was released on Tuesday.
‘I make a point of not using filters ever because that’s kind of my thing. I [am] trying to represent a woman my age, 57, without filters,’ she explained
Porizkova celebrated the release of her memoir by sharing a makeup-free selfie on Instagram, writing, ‘Here I am, barefaced and unfiltered on publication day’
It was Maria Shriver who had reached out to her about writing the book for her imprint, Open Field. Shriver followed Porizkova on Instagram, where she was sharing brutally honest and emotionally-raw posts about Ocasek’s death.
‘That was kind of an out-of-the-blue thing So I’m going through this period of time grieving, kind of having a little nervous breakdown, being really alone. It’s COVID. I’m posting my emotions of how I feel on Instagram And I’m getting to be known as the crying lady of Instagram. Which I had no idea, by the way,’ she said.
‘I was so desperate and so lonely. I felt like I was drowning, and I was just throwing little bottles with little messages going, “Help me, help me, somebody, please.” And it turns out there were women who felt like me, that were suffering, that were in pain, that were losing people in COVID, that couldn’t even say goodbye to their loved ones. I mean, the world was a crap place to be. It’s kind of like they found me, and I found them. And then Maria Shriver calls me up.’
Porizkova, who doesn’t use filters on social media, also made sure there wasn’t any airbrushing on her book cover.
‘I make a point of not using filters ever because that’s kind of my thing. I [am] trying to represent a woman my age, 57, without filters,’ she said.
‘You know, I am so delighted when I see a woman my age that looks like I do,’ she added. ‘I’m like, “Oh, look, you have the same wrinkles, or you have the same, like, little weird, wobbly bits here.” And I find it beautiful on them, so I’m kind of hoping to do for other women what some of those women do for me.’