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Paulina Porizkova

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Conversation / Q&A, Page Hall, University at Albany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203

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Free and open to the public. No registration required. 

Read an excerpt from No Filter

Hosted by Marion Roach Smith, author of The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life.


Paulina Porizkova, one of the best-known supermodels of the 1980’s, presents her new memoir, No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (2022). Major novelist Ann Patchett called it, “A book about a rare life, profound love, profound grief, anxiety, self-assurance, empowerment, aging, loss, and joy,” and said, “It is nuanced, complex, insightful, helpful, and constantly surprising.”


Born Pavlína Pořízková in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War to anti-Soviet dissident parents, Porizkova appeared on her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover in 1984, and became the face of Estée Lauder in 1989.

No Filter explores her extraordinary career, the experience of aging, and her long and often painful relationship with Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, who died in 2019. It appears on “Must-Read” lists in numerous media outlets, including TIME Magazine, Good Morning America, and the New York Post.

Paulina Porizkova's No Filter book cover


“Porizkova is uniquely positioned to write about the beauty industry, the fetishization of youth, aging in the public eye, and yes, feminism. No Filter consists of a series of essays covering everything from an increasingly toxic marriage to honesty online.”
TIME magazine

No Filter is a study in the concept of ‘both/and’ . . . The memoir truly comes alive—in style and substance—when Porizkova smashes the facade of her glamorous marriage to Ocasek. . . . Porizkova walks a delicate line, capturing their complicated marriage and its many conflicting truths.”
New York Times

“Model Paulina Porizkova reflects on the privilege that comes with being beautiful—and the obligation to wield it virtuously.”
— Harper’s Bazaar

“Paulina Porizkova explores how complicated aging can be, and how even supermodels sometimes find it tough to grapple with what they see in the mirror.”
— Katie Couric Media

“She has become a voice for her generation thanks to her candor and vulnerability on social media, and now, Paulina Porizkova is pulling the layers back even further in her book, No Filter. The collection of nonfiction essays . . . is a way for the 57-year-old SI Swimsuit model to bare her soul even more. . . . [Porizkova] touches on love, heartbreak, and reinvention.”
Sports Illustrated


No Filter is a book about a rare life, profound love, profound grief, anxiety, self-assurance, empowerment, aging, loss, and joy. It is nuanced, complex, insightful, helpful, and constantly surprising. Do you think you know what kind of book a super model writes? Think again. Paulina Porizkova is in the business of defying expectations.”
— Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of These Precious Days

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