It may surprise you to know that Pamela Anderson, who has made much of her living thanks to her looks, has admitted that she never felt pretty enough to be a model.
Speaking to Parade magazine, the former Baywatch star revealed that she is getting back into modeling and has signed with Next Model Management, something which she finds strange because she has never accepted that she is good-looking enough — even though she graced multiple Playboy covers and was a sex symbol during the ’90s.
“I’ve just signed with Next Modeling agency for commercials and appearances. That is funny. I’ve never felt pretty enough to be a model,” she told the mag. “I think I’ve provoked feelings with how I look. But not as a beauty but as a mischievous little rascal!”
And it is inner beauty that Anderson finds truly matters.
“I’ve always been a tomboy. That was never the first thing on my list. My mom always told me beauty comes from within. And I know that’s maybe a cliché, but I do believe that. And I think that’s what lasts forever,” she says.
Opening up about aging, the actress explained that she is not afraid to get older. In fact, she’s embracing it.
“I don’t really feel like I want to chase youth. I want to get old. I want to experience all the seasons of my life. I just don’t want to be afraid of it. And I think in this industry you’re surrounded by a lot of fear of getting older and fear of your looks leaving you. And I thought well, I’m lucky then because I never really felt that great looking. I felt like I had fun. I felt like I could be sexy. I could be provocative and I could use my image to get attention for things that I cared about,” she said.
Anderson might be widely known for her work in front of the camera, but that is certainly not what she’d like to be remembered for.
“I want to be remembered as someone with a big heart. A freedom fighter. I believe that artists are the freedom fighters of the world. I come straight from the heart and that’s not always politically correct,” she said. “It’s not always what people expect, but I do follow my gut. That’s what I want to be remembered for — as a free spirit, but also someone who, like everybody, has made choices based on their life and their experiences — painful or happy — coming from a place of doing the best they can with the resources and life they’ve known.”