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From ‘Baywatch’ to Today! See Pamela Anderson’s Transformation Over the Years

When it comes to A-listers, few have had the lasting power and cultural impact as Pamela Anderson. From her iconic role as C.J. Parker on Baywatch to her trendsetting fashion choices, the Canadian actress has definitely left her mark on Hollywood. 

In fact, plenty of starlets today, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, as well as Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski, can be seen emulating Pamela’s signature ‘90s style — a.k.a. bombshell meets sporty chic. However, in more recent years, the Star author has distanced herself from the looks and designers that made her household name. 

“I have wonderful friends. Vivienne Westwood, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, and these great people who have always been very generous to me,” Pamela previously told Vogue. “I’ve also had crazy, wild husbands and fun friends like David LaChapelle who wanted to dress me up for events. I feel like I’ve been a muse to a lot of people, a lot of artists and some designers, and it wouldn’t necessarily be what I would choose to wear. I think now I’m really working on my personal style.”

Pamela went on to admit that while some of her previous outfits ended in “disaster,” she’s come a long way. “I really take what I’m doing seriously,” the Barb Wire alum expressed. “Being an activist and looking presentable and nice and not too overdone.”

Pam is a longtime vegan who is very involved in PETA. In May 2020, she launched her own line of vegan handbags with Ashoka Paris. “Changing mentalities, defending victims, delivering justice, challenging politics … for 25 years, Pamela Anderson has been supporting those who are on the front line to protect human, animal and environmental rights,” Ashoka Paris wrote in a statement

“Working on this vegan bag project with Pamela, a global celebrity and committed activist, is an honor and a fabulous experience,” the French fashion brand continued. “Behind the star we discovered an intelligent, approachable, sincere and creative woman who is brimming with ideas and energy. It is this singularity that we have managed to express through this Pamela Anderson x Ashoka Paris collection.”

Aside from her status as a fashion icon, Pamela has had a high profile romantic life since the 1990s. Her tumultuous marriage to Tommy Lee – which lasted from 1995 to 1998 – has been immortalized in the form of the hit limited series Pam & Tommy, where she was played by Lily James and Tommy by Sebastian Stan. After she and the rocker called it quits, Pamela was married to Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007, and later Rick Salomon from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2014 to 2015. In 2020, the actress revealed that she and longtime love Jon Peters had tied the knot, but the marriage was not legally binding and the couple split up about two weeks later. 

In January 2021, it was revealed that Pamela married her bodyguard Dan Hayhurst in an intimate wedding on Christmas Eve in Vancouver Island, Canada. “I’m exactly where I need to be — in the arms of a man who truly loves me,” she told Daily Mail. Come January 2022, Pamela and Dan ended their short-lived marriage.

As of January 2023, the Baywatch star is sharing her vulnerable side with the world, releasing a new memoir, Love, Pamela, and Netflix documentary, Pamela, A Love Story, both detailing her life.

“I do feel like I’ve definitely figured out who I’m not over a lifetime and now I’m remembering who I am,” Anderson told People ahead of the January 31, 2023, release of Love, Pamela. “And who that little girl was before anything happened to her.”

To see Pamela Anderson’s complete transformation over the years, scroll through the gallery below!