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" My name is Paulina Porizkova, and I am a feminist. "
" Beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. But it's also the only gift that does not keep on giving. "
" I always hear, 'Oh, she's really beautiful.' I'd die to hear, 'Oh, she's really smart.' I'm not as dumb as I look. "
" Reading is, hands-down, my favorite activity. "
" I'm against all of us looking homogenous, where there's only one kind of a template of a person. "
" My boyfriend thinks I lost my true calling to be a librarian. "
" I think every model has times when they get obnoxious and crazy. You all of a sudden realize you are young and beautiful and you have money, and you just kind of go nutty for awhile. "
" I have worked every day since the age of fifteen, supporting not only myself, but also helping a sizable family when needed. "
" Now, I don't actually know the exact cut-off age where beautiful ceases and 'must have-once-been-beautiful' begins. It's true it's not forty-five. I can still get attention when I try really hard, even if it's greatly reduced. "
" My first recognition of age setting in was exactly on my 36th birthday. I have no idea why, on this day of all days, I looked in the mirror and realized my face no longer looked young. "
" Nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman's ego. "
" I will continue to be intelligent, I vowed, no matter how beautiful I become. "
" At 52 and unaltered, people tell me I look good for my age. This is not the same as being told you're beautiful. "
" Words are my life. "
" I'm not a quitter. "
" I used to think the word 'feminist' reeked of insecurity. A woman who needed to state that she was equal to a man might as well be shouting that she was smart or brave. If you were, you wouldn't need to say it. "
" I've always hated modeling. It's superficial and fake, and I hate to have to care about what I look like. I get a pimple and freak. The whole business is all about selling beautiful girls' faces and bodies, so how can there be anything intelligent or nice about that except for the girl who makes money? "
" Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista - those models got bunched together. I was always asked to be bunched in there, but I didn't want to be part of the herd. The only one I really had a problem with, though, was Naomi. "
" If you have really pretty skin, then you can pretty much stick on mascara and a lip cream and look great. "
" I have now spent over a year trying to figure where in the workplace I belong. "
" People want you to be beautiful and shut up. When I paint or play music, they'd rather not know about that. "
" The real bummer of fame is that at some point you're bound to get demoted. "
" When you have used your beauty to get around, it's like having extra cash in your back pocket. I was so used to walking down the street and having the young guys passing by at least give me a flicker of a look. But once you're over 40, you become invisible. You're a brick in the building, and it's sad. "
" I was fired by 'America's Next Top Model' on my birthday. "
" Fame is an interesting phenomenon. "