Pamela Anderson: ‘I never felt pretty enough to be a model’

She made waves as Canada's blond bombshell, but even Pamela Anderson has her insecurities. In a candid new interview with Parade, the Canadian actress reveals that she never thought she was truly model material, despite having graced more Playboy covers than any other woman to date.

“I've just signed with Next Modelling agency for commercials and appearances. That is funny. I've never felt pretty enough to be a model,” the British-Colombia native muses, adding, “I think I've provoked feelings with how I look. Not as a beauty but as a mischievous little rascal!”

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Although Pamela, 47, is modest about her appearance, the self-professed tomboy says she’s nonetheless comfortable with the aging process. "I don’t really feel like I want to chase youth,” she says. “ I want to get old. I want to experience all the seasons of my life."

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The blond beauty recently collaborated with charity network Chideo on a documentary called A Conversation With Pamela Anderson, in which she opens up about her experiences with childhood sexual abuse and relays her commitment towards philanthropic endeavours. Besides being an outspoken member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the former Baywatch babe lends her star power to a dizzying array of worthy causes through her Pamela Anderson Foundation, which she founded in May 2014 to “protect wildlife, vulnerable people and the shepherds of the earth.”

Pamela circa 1993. Photo © Getty

Her two sons – Brandon, 18, and Dylan, 17 – have followed in their mother’s footsteps, campaigning for animal rights while also helping children in Haiti and fighting against climate change. Pam says that first and foremost she’s tried to teach her boys how to respect women, but she’s also learned a few things from them, too.

“Respect, love, admiration. They believe in me like no one else. They know me. And laugh at my flaws. We are a close family, the three of us — the magic triangle," she says.

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When asked about her legacy, the animal right's advocate – who's famously posed for a number of racy PETA campaigns – wants to be remembered as, "someone with a big heart. A freedom fighter," and also reveals a few things fans might be surprised to learn about her.

“I’m a great house keeper, vegan cook and a good lover," she laughs.

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