Pamela Anderson on Her Makeup-Free Looks: ‘I’m Doing It for Myself’

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“This was something that people have been asking me to do across the board, to talk about those old ‘90s looks,” she says. “And I thought, ’Geez, in the moment, they weren’t cool.’ I was probably the last person that Glamour wanted to talk to back in the ’90s. It’s really funny. So, I’m kind of chuckling to myself thinking, if you wait long enough, it just all comes around. It’s been a real fun experience for me to be in this position right now, and to be able to experience all the things I get to.”

Ahead, Anderson shares her own personal beauty icons, what her relationship with makeup is like now, and why she believes anti-aging is a lie.

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You’re a beauty icon for so many. Does that make you aware of how you look or do you try not to let it affect you too much?

I didn’t put a lot of thought into not wearing makeup for Paris Fashion Week. It was just something I wanted to do. I’ve experienced this entire journey from a very “small town girl” point of view. I had nothing to lose. Just being more self-accepting and embracing who I am right now is very healthy, and it’s opened the floodgates and been such a breath of fresh air. Maybe the relatability, because I’m in the public eye, it’s important to make more thoughtful choices. But when I look back, I was doing the best I could in the moment that I was in. it’s nice to see people respond to those moments, even if it’s a Halloween costume. It’s a compliment.

My sons have girlfriends, and some of my ex-husbands have daughters. I was a young, impressionable girl once, and am still impressionable. But I do take it more seriously, and I do want to be a better example. In this industry, you can get carried away and forget who you are underneath it all. That’s why I wanted to peel everything back. I don’t know what my next look or incarnation is going to be. I feel like I’m a little bit of an experiment, but I’m doing it for myself. And lucky for me, I get to be somewhat inspirational when I’m living my life authentically.

Who are your beauty icons?

I’ve aways been obsessed with the Jean-Luc Godard films and Fellini, so I always loved the beauty in those films and the women of those films. It was a different time. It wasn’t digital, so makeup has changed over the years too. It was much more forgiving in black and white and on film. I got caught in the perfect storm where film went from basically paparazzi on film to paparazzi on digital. You’re still wearing the same makeup but you look like a clown or a scary person. People were like, “She’s aging so terribly,” in my late 20s or 30s, when really, there were a lot of elements to it. It’s always important to remember how people see you in person—that’s the key. But then, people have all their social media and their filters. So, I feel like a bare face is almost the safest bet.


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