Paulina Porizkova is thinking about the time she was a Dancing With the Stars competitor, sharing that the experience “changed my life,” despite her short run.
The supermodel was 41 when she partnered with Alec Mazo for the show in 2007. But unfortunately, she was the first competitor to be voted off.
She was the first one to be kicked out, not because she was the worst dancer but because she had lost the popularity contest. Paulina Porizkova added, “I was so filled with shame and self-pity after the show, all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole. I got into the town car hired for me after doing Jimmy Kimmel and just wanted to cry.”
But it was the emotional moment that Paulina Porizkova then shared with the woman driver of the car that provided her with an impactful lesson on empathy.
Paulina Porizkova Has A Life-Changing Experience
As she explains in the caption, she and the older woman chatted about their children, prompting the driver to share that she had lost her son after a tragic truck accident.
Both of them cried in the car, according to Porizkova.
“That night, I cried all night. Her pain and grief were so much larger and more significant than my little disappointment. Of course, it put things into perspective.”
Still, she continued to experience sadness over her fate with Dancing With the Stars.
“I also found out that other people’s pain doesn’t lessen your own, no matter how trivial. Instead, it magnifies it,” she continued. “Maybe this is why we are so reluctant to dip our toes in other turbulent waters. We don’t want to drown with them. But telling anyone in pain to be grateful for their blessings, is for ourselves. It’s a selfish impulse to make ourselves feel better. The bravest thing you can do is to swim along, if only for a little while.”
Paulina Porizkova’s insightful words were posted alongside a video of the two dances that she got the chance to perform on the show. Followers thanked her for sharing the emotional experience that took place once the cameras were off.