Pamela Anderson, the iconic actress and former Playboy model, has opened up about her journey to self-acceptance. In a recent interview with ET Canada, Anderson shared that she was once "painfully shy" and deeply unhappy with her appearance.
Overcoming Shyness and Insecurity
Anderson shared that her shyness was "debilitating" when she was younger. "When I was little, I would wear a hat over my head and pull the hole closed so I could only see out this much," she said. "I hated the way I looked, I hated everything.
I was so shy and I always thought everybody was pretty and I just didn’t have that confidence or self-confidence." However, Anderson's life changed when she took a chance on herself and posed for Playboy for the first time in 1989.
"I was in Vancouver and Playboy approached me a few times and I said 'no.' Finally I was in a situation and thought, 'Why not? Let me try this.' Then I got to LA and I was horrified," Anderson said. "Then I did my first photo shoot with Playboy.
It was the first flash when I opened my eyes and it felt like I was falling off a cliff. It really felt like I was just … allowing, instead of trying to control. It was my first feeling of freedom. Then I was off to the races."
Embracing Natural Aging
Anderson also shared that she prefers natural aging over cosmetic procedures like Botox or fillers. "I don’t like those injections, and that doesn’t work on me," Anderson said. "I want to see what’s going to happen.
I’m accepting myself a lot more these days, and it feels great." This confession comes less than a month after Anderson appeared makeup-free on the digital cover of Women's Wear Daily's February 10th issue. "I really feel powerful right now when everything’s very pared down," she said. "I like to see my freckles. I like when my hair isn’t done. I like just a really fresh face."