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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pamela Anderson, then and now

I realize this is a minority opinion, but I've never found Pamela Anderson attractive. Even in her Baywatch phase, with those puffed up lips and silicone monstrosities on her chest, to me she had all the sexual appeal of a public urinal:

She probably hit her peak when she first started out as an aspiring model, before she became famous. Here she looks like the young Michelle Phillips, of The Mamas and the Papas fame:

Even at that point, she had already had some work done, as this high school yearbook photo of her attests:

As time went on, her post-Baywatch photos showed her looking more and more like a walking mug shot:

So I was shocked to see this makeover yesterday on the cover of NoTofu:

She looks downright elegant. I don't know how much airbrushing was done, but she looks lean, and healthy, and her skin looks good as well. The remains of those puffed up lips are still there, but otherwise, she's beautiful.

Hope she sticks with the look.

While searching for photos to illustrate this post, I stumbled across an article in which Anderson described the sexual abuse she had undergone from an early age. Evidently she was molested by a female babysitter from age 6 to 10, raped at 12 by a 25-year-old man, and gang-raped at 14 by six of her boyfriend's friends.

There seems to be a pattern where young victims of sexual abuse end up presenting themselves as sexual objects for the rest of their lives. That was certainly the case with Anderson. She didn't look like a battered woman early on, if those youthful photos are any indication, though as she got older she seemed to take on that look. But that may also have partly been a function of the normal process of aging.

Perhaps, if that latest photo is any indication, Anderson has finally recovered from that early abuse.

I doubt it, though; it's probably more just a function of some stylist's efforts. No one ever completely gets over their formative experiences.

(That's why they're called "formative.")


Remnant said...

John Craig,

In case you did not see the following interesting post on psychopathy at Mangan's:

John Craig said...

Remnant --
Thank you for that, it was interesting. I agree that sociopathy is to a certain extent, and in certain circumstances, adaptive, as I wrote here:

As long as they're a small enough percentage of the population that people won't be wise to their tricks, they can thrive, at last temporarily.

Steven said...

She looks like a nice girl. More like Olivia Newton John in Grease. And she looks quite young. Impressive.

If she went on a tv interview like this, she'd probably be treated differently.

Remnant said...

Ah, I forgot you wrote about that too! How could I have forgotten that you are the most comprehensive of psychopathy chroniclers!

John Craig said...

Steven --
Yes, there is a resemblance there to Newton-John, good catch.

I think in order to be treated differently she'd have to act a little differently too. I've only seen her in one or two interviews, but I got the impression she was actually trying to convey the impression of ditziness.

John Craig said...

Remnant --
I THINK I know you well enough (from your past comments) to be able to assume you're not being harshly sarcastic there. (Maybe just joshingly sarcastic?)

Steven said...

It seems like he is being literal and complimentary in a jovial kind of way. You have covered the subject extensively; it probably is exceptional among bloggers. He thought he had something and it turns out you never missed it. Its a 'it was silly of me to think he missed something' kind of moment.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Thanks. Yes, actually, Remnant has made many comments in the past and they've always been quite constructive and intelligent.

(I was just sort of kidding back.)