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Pamela Anderson returns to Playboy for charity

Sasha Perl-Raver is an entertainment journalist living in Los Angeles who has covered the industry for almost a decade.

Pamela Anderson strips down

Pamela Anderson is getting naked. No big headline there. But Pamela Anderson is getting naked…for a good cause. Extra, extra!

Pamela Anderson

There are conflicting reports as to whether this is Anderson's eleventh, thirteenth or fourteenth Playboy cover and we can't claim to be experts in the matter so we'll just say this: She's been featured in Hugh Hefner's nudie magazine enough times that her "Likes" and "Dislikes" are probably memorized by faithful readers.

This time around Anderson's donating her $25,000 fee to charity.

The former Baywatch babe, who will appear in the January 2011 issue, gave the money to Waves 4 Water, a charity that distributes filters to people who don't have access to clean drinking water.

The actress tells TMZ, "Waves 4 water are my heroes. They get things done... and yes, Playboy wrote them a check when I shot the cover directly for 25Gs. I've also donated personally. I wish I could do more. Indonesia, Haiti and Pakistan are all in need of these filters. Spread the word!"

Now, $25,000 is a lot of money, especially to give to charity, but we have two questions.

Question number one: Isn't PETA Anderson's pet project? She's a major animal lover and vegetarian who's been extremely vocal in her support of animal rights, so why the shift to clean water awareness?

Question number two: She only got $25,000?!? Heidi Montag got $500,000 to pose in the magazine and she wasn't even naked. No one knows exactly how much Kim Kardashian received, but the number is reported to be about $500K as well. Regular, run of the mill, plucked from obscurity Playmates get $25,000. Pam's not worth more than that?

Maybe it's because Anderson's career was launched when she first posed for Playboy back in 1989 and she's already done it enough times to qualify as a baker's dozen.

The now 43-year-old star will reportedly channel actress Anita Ekberg's famous scene in the 1960 Fellini film, La Dolce Vita, where the character cavorts half-naked in Rome's Trevi Fountain, for the photo shoot.

That's probably exactly what Fellini would have wanted.

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