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Observations on the Evolution of Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson images courtesy Re/DONE

The true meaning of feminism is this: to use your strong womanly image to gain strong results in society. –pamela anderson

We all think it–Blonde, Boobs, Bombshell, Baywatch—the whole she-bang (and no, I didn’t write that to be ironic, ironically). Perhaps we never really knew anything about the woman at all, though, despite the display. We thought we saw it all. The whole picture, literally and figuratively. What we didn’t see, though, was most important. We missed a few things.

It’s great to be a blonde. With low expectations, it’s very easy to surprise people. –pamela anderson

Pamela Anderson images courtesy Re/DONE

For many, Anderson’s evolution may come as a surprise. I’ll speak for myself when I say my eyes were on her, but my ears weren’t. I overlooked the vulnerability. That’s all changed. She’s evolved, but have we? Are we ready to acknowledge and appreciate the depth behind the centerfold image and tabloid headlines?

Pam’s having a new chapter, personally and professionally. In a transformative move, the renowned model/actress/activist/author attended the 2023 Paris Fashion Week, makeup-free, in haute couture, oblivious to the surprise of others. Pam was being Pam.

She’s showing up for the planet and herself these days, facing the stigma–literally, bare –against ageism and the relentless pressure on women to conform to ever-changing yet always impossible to reach societal expectations. If they want to be deemed valuable or relevant today. You’re damned if you evolve. You’re damned if you don’t. 

Being multifaceted isn’t always something we’re ready to accept from those we place specific expectations upon, such as the semi-nude version of a 20-something Anderson the public clings to. 

Most recently, Pam arrived at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, almost entirely naked–facially speaking by beauty standards, wearing a floral sequin Oscar de la Renta sheath and a smile. It’s been talked about and written about everywhere since she was seen on the red carpet with her son, Brandon, as her date. 

Pamela Anderson on the red carpet sans makeup

But why? Rebelling against expectations and choosing what feels right to you instead of what looks right to others is astonishing and baffling to some. Others applaud it. I’m in the latter category. 

What’s even more convincing? Anderson isn’t even actively rebelling. She’s living authentically. Inversely, that’s something you can’t surgically enhance or Photoshop. Pam is being Pam. Now, whether you like it or not, that’s going natural for her.

In 2023, Anderson released her memoir, “Love, Pamela: A Memoir of Prose, Poetry, and Truth,” a project where she refused the aid of ghostwriters, collaborators, and other “book doctors” besides a good editor. 

After watching Ryan White’s 2023 documentary, Pamela, A Love Story, something real emerges from her written and spoken narrative. 

“Right now, it’s almost as if I’m looking for something…and I really don’t know where I’m gonna [sic] go next. I’m looking for a feeling I can’t find,” Pam reveals in a voiceover. “Again, sometimes, I don’t know if I’m alive or dead,” she finished as she shrugged. This is Pam Anderson, as we’ve never seen or heard her, and she continues to peel off the layers. 

Anderson remains committed to transparency and realness in both her personal and professional choices. Her advocacy for veganism, being a vocal advocate against the climate crises, and her influential and often controversial PETA support are all part of her daily routine, daily sustenance if you will.

Pamela Anderson images courtesy Re/DONE

So, it’s no surprise that Pamela Anderson has recently partnered with RE/DONE, a luxury denim brand known for its vintage inspiration and sustainable practices. Hailing from Ladysmith, British Columbia herself, Anderson popped up at her launch with RE/DONE by paying tribute to her Canadian roots with the Canadian tuxedo—a style she inspired and helped design and bring to life. The ’90s are re-birthed and reimagined in RE/DONE & Pam, featuring skirts and embellished tees, shorts, and jeans in shades like “Maliblue” and “Nakedish.” 

All products are made using eco-conscious methods, including low-impact washes, recycled fabrics, regenerative cotton grown in California, apple-skin leather, and untreated organic cotton.

“People always tell me, ‘Reinvent yourself, re-this, re-whatever.’ I haven’t reinvented myself. It’s an honest evolution. I’ve always been authentic.” 

Pamela Anderson is the quintessential ingredient in this blend of inspiring moments. She’s genuine and refreshingly real, demonstrating that beauty isn’t something to be preserved but is enhanced by time. This blonde is far from washed up or washed out. And it’s her best reveal yet.

–Olivia Inkster


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