Celebrities Without Makeup

Pamela Anderson makes rare appearance with makeup for her Met Gala debut

Here's why the star seldom wears glam.

Pamela Anderson, 56, was discovered by chance. Scouted while attending a football match, the blonde beauty went on to become one of the most notable Playboy models and breakout Baywatch star.

WATCH: A makeup-free Pamela Anderson gets ready for the Vivienne Westwood show

For years, headlines about Pamela dominated the news cycle. But in 2023, the actress reclaimed her narrative through the Netflix documentary: Pamela, A Love Story.

As she re-enters the public eye on her own terms, the 56-year-old has defied Hollywood beauty standards by turning up to events bare-faced. However, she has made an exception for her 2024 Met Gala debut.

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Pamela Anderson made her Met Gala debut in 2024. (Credit: Getty)

Joining the slew of stars attending fashion’s night of nights, Pam opted for subtle pink eyeshadow and glossy lips. Her natural glam was done by world-celebrated makeup artist Pat McGrath. And considering her products are available at Sephora, we can’t wait to replicate the look. 

With an a-symmetrical neckline and ruched bodice, the beige and floor-length Oscar de la Renta gown seemed reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s Old Hollywood – and we absolutely adore it.

Why doesn’t Pamela Anderson wear makeup?

Pamela has spoken candidly about her decision to forgo heavy makeup, which was largely due to the death of her close friend – makeup artist Alexis Vogel.

“She was the best,” the model told Elle. “And since then, I just felt, without Alexis, it’s just better for me not to wear makeup.”

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It is rare that Pamela Anderson wears makeup in public these days. (Credit: Getty)

For the actress, ageing sans makeup is “freeing, and fun, and a little rebellious”.

“I think we all start looking a little funny when we get older,” she said. “And I’m kind of laughing at myself when I look in the mirror. I go: ‘Wow, this is really… what’s happening to me?’ It’s a journey.”

Pam shared further details about the decision while speaking to Vogue France, confessing she didn’t “want to compete with the clothes”.

“My mum always told me: ‘At some point in your life, you’re not going to want to wear makeup on your skin,’ and she’s right. You kind of have to challenge beauty sometimes.”

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” You kind of have to challenge beauty sometimes.” (Credit: Getty)

“I’m not trying to be the prettiest girl in the room,” the star added. “I feel like it’s just freedom. It’s a relief.”

Preferring to use the term “life-ing” rather than “aging”, as per Cosmopolitan, Pam is trying to “embrace” this chapter of her life.

“Sometimes it’s challenging and you just have to understand that you’re good enough and you’re beautiful,” said the 56-year-old.

“Chasing youth is just futile. You’re never going to get there… why not just embrace what’s going on… I actually like it better. I’m dressing for me now, not for everybody else.”