Actress Pamela Anderson made the choice to attend Paris Fashion Week au-naturale. Her makeup-less decision is warming hearts across the internet, as the longtime fashion icon is helping more women appreciate their beauty with age.
Anderson debuted a fresh face at numerous high fashion house runway shows and carpets this week, contrary to her signature smokey eyes and dramatic lip liner from her “Baywatch” and 1990s supermodel era. The actress told i-D at Victoria Beckham‘s runway show that “It’s all about self-acceptance. This is the chapter of my life I’m trying to embrace now. Since I really walk out the door as me, I feel relief—a weight off my shoulders. I’m dressing for me now, not for everybody else.”
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Anderson referred to her fresh faced look as an example of “life-ing” instead of “aging.” “Chasing youth is futile,” Anderson told the outlet. Additionally, the actress’ longtime makeup artist, Alexis Vogel, passed after a battle with breast cancer in 2019. Since losing Vogel, Anderson has said that she refrains from wearing makeup to some events in Vogel’s honor.
Pamela Anderson’s LONGTIME makeup artist and dear friend died of breast cancer in 2019. It broke her heart. And she said: “She was the best. And since then, I just felt, without Alexis, it’s just better for me not to wear makeup.”
To see how the internet is responding is so evil https://t.co/yIflSfGTo1
— Gabrielle A. Perry, MPH (@GeauxGabrielle) September 30, 2023
Anderson’s makeup looks found popularity with a new generation amid the release of Hulu’s “Pam and Tommy” starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan. Anderson later condemned the network for proceeding to create the series without her blessing, as she felt it forced her to relive the trauma of her previous marriage to musician Tommy Lee. The actress later reclaimed her side of the story in her 2023 Netflix documentary “Love, Pamela.”
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Anderson’s decision to go makeup free this fashion week was met with widespread praise from fans and fashion fanatics alike.
I love Pamela no matter what ????
— Katt Garcia (@kattgofficial) October 1, 2023
Fellow actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who has been vocal about supporting older women’s decisions to go natural as they age, shared words of encouragement for Anderson.
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Many acknowledged how happy Anderson appeared at the various runway shows this week. In Anderson’s memoir and documentary, she often referenced her desire to take back her side of the narrative, and her own beauty and sexuality, after years of suffering sexual assaults in private and being sexualized by the entertainment industry.
she looks different but so pretty and happy ????
— ladidai ???? go to @heyhearusout (@ladidaix) September 29, 2023
Others reminded harsh critics of Anderson’s look to read her memoir and watch her film to learn more about her recent beauty and style choices.
So glad to see someone embracing ageing gracefully
— Perikri (@perikri) September 29, 2023
Go Pamela! She’s 56 and embracing her natural beauty. I highly recommend people watch the documentary about her and read her book!
— LilHumansBigImpact (@BigImpactHumans) September 29, 2023
Anderson is yet to comment further on whether her new look will be a permanent fixture in her public appearances going forward, but her fans are reminding the internet that aging gracefully never goes out of style.