Pamela Anderson: I Don't Want to Chase Youth - I Want to Get Old!

01/27/2015 at 11:14 AM ET

She was one of the top sex symbols of the ’90s, whether from wholesome endeavors like her stint as the “Tool Time” girl or from racier moments including her multiple Playboy covers. Which is why it may come as a surprise that Pamela Anderson, 47, has had a hard time buying into all the hype about herself.

Pamela Anderson agingJason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Referring to her busy work schedule this year, which includes a full slate of modeling gigs, Anderson tells Parade: “That is funny. I’ve never felt pretty enough to be a model. I think I’ve provoked feelings with how I look. But not as a beauty but as a mischievous little rascal!”

The star (who’s had plenty of hair changes in the past year) goes on to explain her beauty philosophy. “My mom always told me beauty comes from within. And I know that’s maybe a cliché, but I do believe that. And I think that’s what lasts forever,” she says.

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And her approach to aging? “I don’t really feel like I want to chase youth. I want to get old. I want to experience all the seasons of my life. I just don’t want to be afraid of it. And I think in this industry you’re surrounded by a lot of fear of getting older and fear of your looks leaving you,” she says, before returning to her original point about her looks. “I thought ‘Well, I’m lucky, then because I never really felt that great looking.’ I felt like I had fun. I felt like I could be sexy. I could be provocative and I could use my image to get attention for things that I cared about.”

For lots more from the star, including why she chose to speak out about her childhood sexual abuse and what she’s looking forward to, read the whole interview here. Then tell us: What do you think about her interview? Are you surprised she’s looking forward to aging?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Pamela Anderson
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Jean on

Never fel that beautiful, eh? That’s crazy. She has always been very beautiful.

button on

She is doing a good job of looking old. The only time she looked young and pretty was the short time with minimal makeup and the pixie cut.

KB on

Well smearing all that black eyeliner around her eyes is doing a good job of making her look older. She looked better with softer makeup and the pixie hair cut. All that makeup and extensions in her hair contradicts her ‘not waiting to chase youth.’

Awwshucks on

A natural progression of aging is gravity. If Pammie didn’t fear inevitable aging she wouldn’t have those infamous breast implants that represent the Grand Tetons of the entertainment industry and withstand the age of time.

Bill on

Sure, Pam, sure.

Ridiculous on

This is definitely not someone who loved by the words ” beauty is from within”.

slawson on

OMG…She’s only 47? So glad black don’t crack.

Stella on

She needs a makeover. Nothing wrong with her looks, but the black liner is way too severe, especially on the lower waterline. Less make up would make her look younger or at least, less haggard.

Taylor on

Whatever it takes to keep her in the news I guess. I believe her like I believe pigs flying.

skigirl25 on

At one time Pam was the most beautiful gal in Hollywood! Incredibly sexy! BUT she always had a drink in her hand–even after she found out she had HEP-C. Sorry, but if we want to live long healthy llives, we have to take care of ourselves.

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