Pamela Anderson is going makeup-free now, it’s ‘freeing, and fun & a little rebellious’

Pamela Anderson has a lovely feature in Elle Magazine to promote her collaboration with the Canadian fashion house Aritzia. She’s the face of their fall campaign, and she came up with some ideas for the campaign. Pamela is enjoying a sort of renaissance in her life and career, especially after the success of her memoir, Love, Pamela: A Memoir of Prose, Poetry, and Truth. She also had a successful Netflix documentary about her life – basically, people are getting to know her, all over again. Plus, Generation TikTok is obsessed with her ‘90s style – they call it Pamcore. She’s just in a good place in her life. Some highlights from Elle:

She loves to write: “If I’m not writing, I know I’m not in a good place. If I’m writing, I am in my body. I am where I’m supposed to be.” She misses the days of letter writing, and the ritual takes her back to a pre-social media, pre-texting era. “I guess everybody always romanticizes the past. You want to be kind of OG.”

Her work with Aritzia: “We’re two Canadian brands colliding. When I was younger, I never thought that I would be in any campaigns, especially really recognizable ones. I always felt like I was an outsider, a little bit rebellious. So I’m laughing to myself, going, ‘Wow, I feel really in the zone and accepted by my peers lately.’”

She likes that Aritzia is an approachable brand. “I come from people who were struggling to make ends meet sometimes. I always say, money can’t buy taste. When you see someone head to toe in [runway] designs, you’re just like, ‘Well, that’s easy.’ But Vivienne Westwood was the first one to tell me, ‘Buy one thing a year. Don’t buy a lot of stuff.’”

On the #Pamcore hashtag: “My kids told me about it, because I don’t have these apps on my phone or anything. I refuse to,” She defines her aesthetic back then as “wild and uninhibited…I don’t know if it was a defense mechanism or what. I just thought, ‘I’m going to have fun.’” She often accessorized with “the makeup from the day before, and a little bit of glitter from two nights before. The stuff that never leaves you! I’d be volunteering at the kids’ school, and I would catch myself in a reflection, and I’d have glitter all over my face. Which doesn’t make you a bad mom, just because you’re covered in glitter.”

Fashion is calculated these days: “Now, it’s all so calculated. And these are the looks that we’re inspired by now, because we lack that. We want that uniqueness. I never thought that those looks we threw together would be on mood boards.”

She maintains that you can’t be a dumb blonde and play a dumb blonde. “That was a great expression that Suzanne Somers told me. She used to always say, ‘Hi, dumb blonde.’ Meanwhile, she’s a gazillionaire, doing all these great things. I always thought it was fun to not have anything to live up to, because you could only surprise people. So it was to my advantage sometimes…and if people didn’t want to look at you as an intelligent person, because you looked a certain way? I think we’ve grown past that, hopefully.”

People have changed their minds about her: “I get a lot of people walking up to me on the street, saying, ‘I had no idea who you were, and I’m sorry for all the ways I thought about you before, because I like you now.’ I’m just like, ‘What did you think of me before?’ You don’t really think about it in the moment. You’re raising two kids, you’re trying to survive, your heart is broken, you’re trying to fill up your life with people and making mistakes. We’re all just trying to live every day. So, I guess, decades got away from me. And it was nice to come home, full circle. I’m working more than ever, when I thought I was retired!”

She’s going makeup-free a lot these days: “I just went along with what people were telling me what to do.” After her makeup artist, Alexis Vogel, tragically passed away from breast cancer, she abandoned her signature look. “She was the best. And since then, I just felt, without Alexis, it’s just better for me not to wear makeup.” The new look has been “freeing, and fun, and a little rebellious too. Because I did notice that there were all these people doing big makeup looks, and it’s just like me to go against the grain and do the opposite what everyone’s doing. I think we all start looking a little funny when we get older. And I’m kind of laughing at myself when I look at the mirror. I go, ‘Wow, this is really…what’s happening to me?’ It’s a journey. I feel rooted for. I feel good. I’m in a good place.”

[From Elle]

This is one of those career-renaissance stories I just love – I’m so happy that she’s still working and that people have updated their thoughts about Pam. I’ll admit, I didn’t know about the Pamcore thing, but her ‘90s fashion really was fun. I think you could draw a straight line between what Pam did in the ‘90s to what Paris Hilton did in the early ‘00s, to the “retro” fashion of today. Also: I miss letter-writing too. I miss receiving and sending letters! I used to write to people all the time.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Cover Images, Elle’s Instagram.

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16 Responses to “Pamela Anderson is going makeup-free now, it’s ‘freeing, and fun & a little rebellious’”

  1. girl_ninja says:

    Good for Pam. She’s been through so much in her life and has survived it all. I hope that now she can fly and thrive.

  2. butterflystella says:

    I’ve just recently done this, too. I’m 49 and haven’t worn much makeup since my early 30’s anyway. I can’t be bothered anymore and I don’t really care what other people think. Having said that, I’m single and not actively dating right now so there’s that…

    • Renee says:

      I’m 61 and single and in the last 2 years I’ve let my hair grow color grow out and am completely silver, and the only makeup I wear is lipstick for a little color. I’ve always enjoyed clothes and jewelry so I keep that up and I’ve never gotten more attention from men. I’m never going back and wish I hadn’t wasted all that time and money and mental space on hair and makeup.

    • mel says:

      I’m 49 and pre-covid only wore a little blush and some mascara. I’ve also worked on a small farm for the past 5 years. I feel best covered in dirt with jeans and baseball cap. I live by the mountains and mountain bike/hike/trail run all the time.

      Let me tell you, I get plenty of attention with not only zero makeup but covered in dirt. I firmly believe it’s because it’s when I FEEL my best and that shit translates!

  3. tealily says:

    I’ve seen more and more stuff recently of young women going for her makeup style. I kind of love it! All things 90s are back. A younger person recently told me not to update my very 1990s bathroom and said that they hope that when there are able to buy a house that they can find some non-updated stuff from the 90s still. Crazy times!

    Also, “Which doesn’t make you a bad mom, just because you’re covered in glitter.” Love it.

  4. ShazBot says:

    I listened to her memoir on audiobook and she said her mom or grandma (I forget, may have been both?) was a gorgeous woman who was done up every day because there was no excuse not to look pretty. Definitions of pretty aside, I’m happy for her finding peace and comfort with herself after the life she has led and so much of it just being about her looks.

  5. Jaded says:

    She lives in a town on Vancouver Island called Ladysmith, not far from where I live. She lives in her grandmother’s old house and is renovating it for a show called Pamela’s Garden of Eden on HGTV starting this fall. She’s very well liked in the community and through her foundation she supports protection of human, animal, and environmental rights. She got hauled through the toxic Hollywood male machine in her younger years and that, plus being sexually assaulted several times when she was a little girl, must have been very damaging to her psyche. I’m glad she’s finally in a happy, grounded place.

  6. Stef says:

    Her new HGTV show “Pamela’s Garden on Eden” is on Prime and I watched it last week. She bought her grandparents property in Ladysmith and completely renovated it, including re-building a huge pier.

    Her latest X husband is the prime contractor and you can tell they weren’t going to work. They broke up before the show was done.

    She’s incredibly down to earth, funny, and just plain likeable. I’m so happy she’s getting a resurgence in popularity, she deserves it. She was dragged through so much BS in the 90’s and how her private videos were stolen and sold must have been horrible…

  7. Granger says:

    Count me among the people who were surprised to find out who Pamela Anderson really is after watching that documentary. Man, the media really screwed her over. All she wanted was to be a good wife and mother, and she was painted as a sex-tape-making bimbo. She seems to be in a really great place. She has such a wonderful relationship with her boys, too.

  8. Boxy Lady says:

    I highly recommend her Netflix documentary. Her sons are pretty funny, especially when they’re talking about the Kid Rock era of their lives.

  9. Kittenmom says:

    I became a fan of hers after watching her turn on Dancing with the Stars many years ago. Seems like a very likable person underneath that whole blonde bombshell facade.

  10. Skyblue says:

    I’m 6 months older than Pamela and I’ve stopped worrying about makeup altogether as I’m trudging through menopause…the hot flashes catch me unaware. There is no amount of “baking” or whatever the term is that could set my makeup for the day with the sweat-storms that strike. That aside, I love looking at everyone’s real skin. I’m so tired of the heavy makeup and filters. So refreshing when I encounter women without fake lashes, contouring, blah blah blah. Real faces! I want to see real faces!

  11. blue says:

    Will Pam continue with the fillers? Is it easier to go make-up free while still doing injectables?

  12. nb says:

    I was pretty young in the 90’s when she was in her heyday going through all the stuff with the media. I knew her as the pretty woman from Home Improvement, and then I’d see her in the printed tabloids and they’d be making fun of her and talking about her sex tape or her troubled relationship with Tommy. She was always the butt of the joke. (Side note – my Grandma LOVED those 90’s printed tabloids, she’d buy them all every week or two and then bring them over to share with my Mom, my sister and I – I spent so many summer afternoons perusing those learning all the gossip!) Since I watched the Netflix documentary I realize how unfair it all was. She’s obviously intelligent, a hard worker, charming, has a wicked sense of humor, is family oriented, and is so much more than they always made her out to be. I’m really glad she’s being rediscovered, respected, and introduced to the younger generation in 2023.

  13. BeanieBean says:

    I thought Pam was makeup free on those faux diamond TV ads! Well, good for her! If nothing else, she’ll find it a great timesaver. I listened to the episode on her autobiography on Celebrity Memoir Book Club. She had a tough early life. Tough career.

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