Former model says it’s ‘messed up’ that some models once saw harassment as a compliment

Paulina Porizkova earlier this month in New York.
Paulina Porizkova earlier this month in New York.


That was our reaction to comments made by onetime supermodel Paulina Porizkova about the spate of sexual harassment allegations in the entertainment business. At 52, Porizkova says she’s old enough to remember when such behavior wasn’t viewed as a bad thing.

“Here is the funny thing about sexual harassment with us as models: It was seen as a compliment,” Porizkova told The New York Post.


Indeed, the Czech-born beauty, who was just 18 when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 1984, said models would wonder if something was wrong with them if men did not harass them.

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“Like, if this photographer is known for hitting on [models] — or goes for all the brunettes — and you show up at the studio and you are a brunette and he does not hit on you . . . it is like, ‘What is wrong with me?’,” she said. “So it is messed up. It makes you think that sexual harassment is what you need.”

Porizkova is married to Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, whom she met while filming the video for the band’s song “Drive.” They have two sons, Jonathan and Oliver.