Pamela Anderson on not wearing makeup: ‘I just don’t want to play the game’

When Pamela Anderson went makeup-free at Paris Fashion Week, it was a big story. Not only did it go against the grain of how most celebrity women present themselves, it was also a departure from Pam’s iconic, super glammed up look. But it’s also a reflection of how much her life has changed since she was at the height of her fame in the nineties. She’s now moved back to her hometown on Vancouver Island and gardens and grows her own food. She seems really happy. Pamela has season two of her home renovation show coming out on Hulu called Pamela’s Garden of Eden. It follows her as she renovates the property where her grandparents lived, as well as her sons’ renovations on their house in LA. She spoke to People about her makeup free look, and said she wouldn’t rule out wearing it again. And she also said that she doesn’t feel the pressure to be “cool” anymore.

After Pamela Anderson showed up to Paris Fashion Week makeup free, the internet went wild for her pared-down look. But the actress, 56, who’s currently starring in season two of her home renovation show Pamela’s Garden of Eden (now streaming Hulu), says she never meant for the moment to go viral.

She didn’t think anyone would notice her makeup free look at PFW: “I’m makeup free at home, so why not for Paris Fashion Week?” she tells PEOPLE. “I really didn’t know anyone would notice it, but I’m glad it became a positive message.”

How she feels about aging: “I call if Life-ing, not aging,” she says. “Chasing youth is futile. All we can do is embrace who we are at the moment we are in, and be okay with where our feet stand right now.”

She’s comfortable in her own skin: She says her days are spent gardening, meditating, growing her own food and just being surrounded by nature and animals. She’s also working on more upcoming shows about sustainable living. “I don’t have to be cool anymore,” she says about what she loves about this stage of life. “I can just be me. It’s very freeing to be comfortable in your own skin.”

[From People]

She seems like she’s at a peaceful place in her life and I’m happy for her. She’s a Cancer sun and this stage of her life is in alignment with that–Cancer is very much about the home and creating a cozy refuge from the world. I don’t entirely believe her when she says that she thought no one would notice her makeup-free look at Paris Fashion Week. It’s such a dramatic departure from her established image, she had to have known she would get attention. But it shouldn’t be a big deal for women to forego makeup in the first place. This home renovation is a passion project for her–she bought her grandparents’ old property decades ago and has planned to rebuild it for her parents to live in. But I would actually love to see her do a cooking show. I think she did one a while back but I can’t find it anywhere. She’s been vegan for several years, and I’m always looking for more plant-based recipes.

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  1. StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

    I feel the same about hair! Im not coloring my grey for strangers to think I’m younger than I really am: i don’t care what they think! I want to see myself “lifeing”

  2. Anna says:

    She has such a delicate features, I’m glad she doesn’t feel the pressure to hide them anymore.

    I had a very funny moment with my husband once – he was mad at his hairdresser for giving him a cut requiring 5min styling in the morning (literally-not even that). And he absolutely refused to spend time on anything else than taking a shower to make himself more presentable to the world. And then I thought about makeup tutorials- the ones advertising themselves as “saving time in the morning” but requiring at least 15 minutes of painting a completely new face over your regular one, with 10 different products… yeah, I am refusing to do more than I feel like at the moment too. From time to time – why not. On a daily basis – no way. And my skin is very very thankful for it.

  3. Lulu says:

    Let’s be honest, Pamela has the money to spend her days gardening. I’m happy for her and I’ll check out the series on Hulu.

    • GirlOne says:

      According to the documentary about her (Pamela – a love story; which I recommend) she’s actually not that well off and spent most of her adult life in debt.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      According to her son, she only makes about $5000 a year in royalties from Baywatch. He said she was taken advantage of when she was young in that regard but he also said that money is not her primary focus in life. I’m glad she’s in a good place and I loved her documentary.

  4. ooshpick says:

    Her new lifestyle is cool. The old one was the uncool one. Happy for her

  5. MY3CENTS says:

    She looks really well and a peace with herself.
    I think she’ll look good with bangs (she has a bit of a high forehead).
    Good for her!

  6. It Really Is You, Not Me says:

    I have been working from home for almost 4 years now and my makeup routine is so much simpler. A little stick eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara and a tinted lip balm. I also just don’t want to play the makeup industry’s game anymore.

    I still get dolled up for special events but it’s so nice to have that extra 30 minutes in the morning.

  7. Betsy says:

    Her old makeup changed her face so much that I am constantly surprised when I see her. She looks good, but it’s a different face as the one I knew her as. Good for her.

    You can pry my makeup from my cold dead hands, but I’ve never done my makeup “right.” Concealer for the panda circles I was gifted, powder so it stays, filling in the gaps in my brows and lipstick. That’s me most of the time and I love it. But for women who wore a full beat? I can see why not wearing any must be a blessed change.

    • Turtledove says:

      She has always been beautiful, but yeah, she used to wear so much more makeup that her natural face seems so different from the face we “know”. Her skin looks really good, especially for someone that was in the sun and tanned a lot.

      I watched the series “Tom & Pammy” and I can’t believe what she went through.

  8. Jaded says:

    She seems very content after a chaotic Hollywood life. The town where she lives (Ladysmith) is about an hour up the east coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria where I live, and is very scenic. It’s the perfect place to have a laid-back, tranquil lifestyle and get away from always having to be perfectly made-up and dressed. The only makeup I wear these days since I moved here from Toronto is under-eye concealer, tinted lip gloss, and a bit of eyeliner and mascara.

  9. Emme says:

    Wish I looked that gorgeous when make-up free! She’s stunning!!

  10. BQM says:

    She had a reality shows *years* ago and often went makeup free or with limited makeup. She looked so much fresher and at ease. She even taught her son’s’ Sunday school!