Pamela Anderson Suffered From 'Debilitating' Shyness Before Posing for Playboy

The former 'Baywatch' bombshell claims she didn't really have 'that confidence' as she initially said no when Playboy magazine approached her 'a few times.'

AceShowbiz - Pamela Anderson was very reserved before she posed for Playboy magazine. The 55-year-old actress graced the front cover of the magazine in 1989 - but, prior to that, Pamela suffered from "debilitating" shyness.

"The shyness was something that was so debilitating. When I was little, I would wear a hat over my head and pull the hole closed so I could only see out this much. I hated the way I looked, I hated everything," she told ET Canada.

"I was so shy and I always thought everybody was pretty and I just didn't have that confidence or self-confidence. Then I was in Vancouver and Playboy approached me a few times and I said no. Finally I was in a situation and thought 'Why not? Let me try this.' Then I got to L.A. and I was horrified."

Despite her initial unease, Pamela embraced the opportunity and it turned out to be a life-changing moment for her. The former "Baywatch" star said, "Then I did my first photo shoot with Playboy … it was the first flash when I opened my eyes and it felt like I was falling off a cliff. It really felt like I was just … allowing, instead of trying to control. And it was my first feeling of freedom."

By contrast, Pamela previously confessed to feeling "violated" by the makers of "Pam & Tommy". The biographical drama series explored Pamela's whirlwind romance with music star Tommy Lee, and the actress admitted to being frustrated by the Hulu show. She asked, "How are they allowed to do that?"

Lily James played Pamela in the show, and Pamela - who was married to Tommy between 1995 and 1998 - commented, "I heard she'd been nominated for an Emmy, but maybe that was a joke. It's not her fault; it's a job. But whoever created it - well, it just feels like something else stolen."

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