Pamela Anderson to cover the last nude issue of 'Playboy'

By Sarah Kelsey

Playboy's final nude cover star is none other than Canadian bombshell Pamela Anderson, who has fronted the iconic magazine more than a dozen times.

In October, the publication announced that it would stop featuring photos of nude models, but who would represent the final incarnation remained to be seen. A relaunch of Playboy.com in early 2015 also said goodbye to naked pictures because of changing interest from an audience that visits the site more for editorial content than imagery.

TAP HERE TO ENLARGE IMAGESPamela Anderson has appeared on the cover of Playboy 13 times.

Pamela has said she’s honoured to be the last bare beauty.

“I got a call from [Hugh Hefner’s] attorney who said, ‘We don’t want anybody else. There’s nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?'” the former Baywatch star told ET. She went on to say that before accepting the offer, she consulted her two sons, 19-year-old Brandon and 17-year-old Dylan.

“I said, ‘Hef just called, he wants me to do the last cover of Playboy,’ and [they said], ‘Mom you’ve got to do it… We’re older, we’re not embarrassed anymore by you. You know, we think you’re great.'”

Pamela said her sons Brandon (pictured) and Dylan encouraged her to do one last cover.

The photo shoot marks the 14th time since 1989 that the animal advocate and philanthropist has fronted the publication.

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As part of the spread, James Franco ended up interviewing the actress, who founded a lifestyle site called The Sensual Vegan, about her experiences working with the Playboy team. She recalls being just 22 when she was discovered at a B.C. Lions Canadian Football League game by Labatt; the magazine’s editors came calling shortly thereafter.

As a “regular” girl, she says she was very nervous about stripping down for photographers.

"I think society tells you you’re supposed to be modest, but I didn’t have a very modest family. My dad was a bad boy and my mom was a buxom blond bombshell. In response, I tried to control my environment."

She went on to discuss what she thinks life would be like had she not been spotted, and that she believes everyone has to be true to themselves when choosing a profession.

"I never wanted to be in this industry; I didn’t know that option existed for me. It wasn’t something I pursued. But I guess I’ve done pretty well for myself just going with the flow... You have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to be. I’ve been in professional environments where people have tried to change me, and that’s when I become like the Hulk and just rip them off my back. Then I’m back to being myself. I try to live my life as honestly as I can."

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