Model Paulina Porizkova — who was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in ’84 and ’85 — says that, at the time, sexual harassment was such an ingrained part of the business, it was viewed as a “compliment.”
“Here is the funny thing about sexual harassment with us as models: It was seen as a compliment,” she told us at the Bloomberg 50 gala at Gotham Hall.
“As a matter of fact, you almost got offended if you did not get harassed. 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?’ So it is messed up. It makes you think that sexual harassment is what you need.”At least she wasn't ignored.
An escapee from socialist Czechoslovakia, she's probably not the snowflake type.
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