Having accepted her natural beauty, the author and activist’s newest powerful journal entry resonates with women worldwide.
For years, Anderson, 56, has graced the screens and covers of magazines, captivating audiences with her iconic blonde locks and flawless physique. However, behind the glamorous facade, she battled with societal pressures and unrealistic beauty standards that left her feeling inadequate. Now, after a transformative journey of self-acceptance, which was also seen around the world when Anderson collaborated with Netflix on Pamela, a Love Story, a documentary about her life released on January 31, 2023.
The beloved Baywatch actress has emerged as a beacon of empowerment by using her platform to regularly spread positive affirmations emphasizing that every woman is deserving of love, respect, and self-worth.
She continues to raise her voice in her special ways, which is exciting to see and inspires her millions of social media followers. Recently, Anderson shared her current beauty regimen in her weekly journal, with the new entry titled “A Gentle Regime.” Anderson starts by telling her subscribers, “My beauty ‘routine’ is pretty simple these days.” She expresses no interest in “hovering over the sink with multiple steps” and has “weeded out” products, including anything “too complicated.”
She also shared a strategy with the things she uses: “I plant things where I’ll see them and [apply them] … A rose hydration spray in the fridge that I use every time I open it … A lip balm in my bag that I apply all day long, especially in the winter.”
She’s also got “homemade” formulas, such as a rose hip facial oil that “sits on my vanity for before makeup or just ‘as my makeup’ these days.” Anderson also opens up about her menopause journey, revealing that her doctor has told her she’s “not a good candidate for any hormone treatments, due to my family health history.” She continues to reflect by simply stating, “So, I’m on my own, going with the flow, no judgment…I got this.”
This year has been Anderson’s best, as she has been praised for being so open about her change of perspective on beauty.
Previously, in an interview with Sidia the Brand, she discussed adopting her new natural appearance, which she flaunted at Paris Fashion Week, as well as her credo about self-acceptance and aging. When asked in the interview what her biggest beauty secret was, the star admitted, “These days? Don’t do anything.” She explained, “Wake up; whatever is happening is just happening. It’s all about self-acceptance.”
“This is the chapter of my life I’m trying to embrace now.”
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It’s clear from this interview that, through her own experiences and struggles, she has come to understand the damaging effects of society’s obsession with physical appearance and the toll it takes on women’s mental health. However, Anderson’s journey has not been easy, as The Barb Wire actress also acknowledged getting to the point of “self-acceptance” can be “challenging” at first, especially with beauty standards geared toward looking younger.
“Sometimes it’s challenging and you just have to understand that you are good enough and that you are beautiful,” Anderson said, adding that she now likes to “say the word life-ing instead of aging.”
She further stressed, “Chasing youth is just futile.” She even expressed that most people are “not going to get there” and become a younger version of themselves, so “why not just embrace what’s going on?” “And since I’ve really kind of just walked out the door as me, I feel like a relief, just a weight off my shoulders,” she revealed, once again affirming she’s “dressing for me now and not for everybody else.”
The star, whose ’90s glam became legendary all on its own, didn’t shy away from showing off new makeup-free looks while attending a few Fashion Week events, like the Isabel Marant Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show. She wore a bright yellow ankle-length dress and notably went bare-faced to the event with her long blonde locks worn down in a natural wave.
This isn’t the only time the cherished pop icon said the same; earlier this year, Anderson sat down and also spoke to Dax Shepard and Monica Padman on their Armchair Expert podcast about the narrative told to her about wearing makeup. “When I was wearing makeup before, everyone told me not to wear makeup,” she shared, explaining that now people expect her to wear it, but she’s not interested in doing so.”
At last, in an interview with Elle, she said she’s straying away from her “wild and uninhibited” ’90s style, which she embraced while married to rocker Tommy Lee, to pursue a makeup-free lifestyle that has been “freeing and fun.” “I think we all start looking a little funny when we get older,” she said. “And I’m kind of laughing at myself when I look at the mirror. I go, ‘Wow, this is really…what’s happening to me?’ It’s a journey.”
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“Through her biography, the once-infamousPlayboy Playmate reclaims the narrative of her life in a memoir that defies expectations in both content and approach, blending searing prose with snippets of original poetry. It is an honest, layered, and unforgettable book that alternates between storytelling and her poetry. Pamela Anderson breaks the mold of the celebrity memoir while taking back the tale that has been crafted about her.”