All the Times Pamela Anderson got naked … for animals
Animal activism changed dramatically in the 2010s. Non-profit organizations focus less on animals and more on factors such as human health, social justice and climate change. The movement has made advances in lobbying for policy change rather than focusing on individual consumption habits, and this softer, diplomatic tone has paved the way for the future of animal welfare work. Does that mean the shock factor from previous animal rights campaigns has no value? Certainly not. The movement took heads to turn, and now that people are looking, lawyers can tell their truth.
Pamela Anderson is causing a stir, and she knows it. On the surface, the demeanor is blatantly voyeuristic – people see her as a busty blonde Baywatch, or the outspoken actress who poses nude for PETA campaigns – but ultimately she has the power. Anderson has spent her life making people look and once she gets their attention she has a lot to say.
“What I know in life covers the scale of the ‘feminist experience’. The real meaning of feminism is this: To use your strong image of women to produce strong results in society. ”—Pamela Anderson
Anderson on camera
Anderson doesn’t come from fame. She is from Vancouver, Canada, where she grew up with working class parents and a passion for gymnastics and sports. Her first Hollywood moment was during a British Columbia Lions football game. Her face was blown across the stadium screen and she was invited to the field, spurred on by cheering fans. That experience led to a commercial contract with Labatt’s Beer as a Blue Zone Girl. From there, Anderson continued to make her own fortune and eventually made it to Hollywood.
Anderson found her strength in attracting attention. Beyond the role of C.J. Parker in the original Baywatch, she is posing for 14 playboy Covers, made countless Hollywood’s Hottest lists, and starred on a number of film and television shows, from the Scooby Doo Live action film based on Ru Paul’s Glamazon. She continues to work for film and television, including an upcoming horror film called 18 & over. With 53 acting credits, Anderson has had a formidable career and she has used this platform forever.
Anderson and the animals
Published in one piece by The guard In 2018, Anderson stated that she became a vegetarian as a child after seeing a decapitated deer (courtesy of her hunter-loving father) hanging outside her home. While the star is known for advocating the vegan cause, she also admits in the same article, “I call myself a naughty vegan. I live in France, I eat croissants. I do my best, but I am not a dictator. It’s a radical decision to be vegan, so I’m not that strict. ”Despite her admitted indulgence, her two sons are vegans and she is a highly touted supporter of PETA and the animal rights movement.
Anderson has the audience to indulge in subtle forms of advocacy. If she wears a vegan t-shirt or is caught in a photo leaving a vegan restaurant, people will notice. But that’s not enough for her and she doesn’t think it’s enough for others either. She wrote in The guard,
“What if you think you did something by wearing a slogan t-shirt or using a hashtag? You still need to take action. I have written to governments, petitioned to end bullfighting and protested against foie gras in front of the French government. “
She did more than just that. She performed in January of this year Good morning Great Britain and was hit in the hot seat by Piers Morgan, who challenged her claim that vegans had better sex. She sent faux fur coats to Kim Kardashian and Melania Trump to lure them away from fur fashion; she has written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advocate vegan meals in prisons; and in a letter to the World Health Organization she spoke out in favor of breastfeeding over milk formula.
As 14 times playboy Bunny, Anderson knows the power behind the male voyeuristic lens, and she doesn’t mind using it when advocating for animals. She always leaves something to be desired – be it in the form of crossed arms in front of her chest or a string bikini – she is never completely naked. That being said, here are the seven times Anderson has posed for animal welfare campaigns.
1. Ashoka Paris Vegan Collection
Anderson’s most recent fall 2020 shoot revealed her nude amidst rose petals to debut her collaboration with the French luxury handbag designer. Ashoka. The capsule collection – Pamela Anderson x Ashoka Paris – includes eight clutches and box bags made of vegan apple leather in four neutral colors. 52 years old at the time of the photo shoot, Anderson sells more than just accessories – she proves the timeless benefits of a plant-based diet.
2. Save the seal
Far from being nude but still suggestive, Anderson posed with a group of celebrities as part of PETA’s Save the Seals campaign in 2009. In her graphic, the celebrity pulls a white Save the Seals t-shirt over her tanned bare thighs. The message: stop the slaughter of baby seals in Canada.
3. All animals have the same parts
Anderson’s participation in this campaign in 2010, perhaps one of the most notable of her animal welfare ads, was literally shaped by butcher lines. The picture divides Anderson’s bikini-clad body into pieces of meat – from the bottom to the shoulder. Although Anderson has fully covered its essential areas, several Canadian companies have banned the ads for risky content.
4th Psycho display
If Anderson had been born a few decades earlier, she would be a dead wrestler for an Alfred Hitchcock film. That’s what she posed for Psycho Spin-off at a time when California was facing severe water scarcity and everyone from environmentalists to officials was advising residents to take shorter showers. This campaign rebelled against this recommendation – it’s not five-minute showers that save water, but reduces our dependence on cattle breeding and lives vegan.
5. Enter a new leaf campaign
Anderson makes the term “Lettuce Lady” a lot sexier than it sounds. As part of a PETA ambassadorial program, Lettuce Ladies appear to be the equivalent of luxury car models for the animal rights movement – they turn heads and draw people in for the big picture. As the salad lady, Anderson appears at events, clad in strategically placed pieces of salad (they’re tightly tied with a green swimsuit underneath – you can stop clutching your pearls).
6. Give fur the cold shoulder
Against a soft, winter blue background dotted with fake snowflakes, Anderson teases a bare shoulder while holding on from the cold. The fight against fur has been a constant in Anderson’s career as an animal activist. It’s pointless, cruel, and unnecessary.
7. Cruelty doesn’t fly video
Anderson knows how to capture an audience with just a look at a photo, but she really shines on film. In this winking clip, Anderson embodies a TSA officer and speaks to anyone who dares to go through security with animal products. It’s playful and shows Anderson’s sense of humor – it offers a glimpse of Anderson as a versatile person and advocate – not just a sex symbol. She is more than a model or an actress or even one playboy Hare — Anderson is a mother, hardworking worker, and passionate animal rights activist, and she has had the power to place us in her capable hands for decades.
Tanya Flink is digital editor at Vegetable News as well as a writer and runner who lives in Orange County, California.