Pamela Anderson on Going Makeup-Free at Paris Fashion Week: "Why Not?"


Pamela Anderson is seen outside The Row show wearing a white shirt and black blazer during the Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2023 in Paris, France
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Pamela Anderson garnered a ton of praise when she showed up to several Paris Fashion Week events fresh-faced, glowing, and makeup-free.

Even though women not wearing makeup shouldn't be a revolutionary act, the reality is that it still feels like one because of the rigid standards we're all held to—which is why Anderson's decision felt so powerful for many people.

"I'm makeup-free at home, so why not for Paris Fashion Week?" she explained in a new interview with People. "I really didn't know anyone would notice it, but I'm glad it became a positive message."

Anderson, who is 56, also shared her beautiful approach to getting older with the magazine.

"I call if Life-ing, not aging," she said. "Chasing youth is futile. All we can do is embrace who we are at the moment we are in, and be OK with where our feet stand right now."

She continued, "I don't have to be cool anymore. I can just be me. It's very freeing to be comfortable in your own skin."

Pamela Anderson attends the Victoria Beckham Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 29, 2023 in Paris, France.

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Anderson previously addressed her newfound makeup-free life in an interview with ELLE in August, when she talked about the sad passing of her longtime makeup artist, Alexis Vogel, in 2019.

"She was the best," she said. "And since then, I just felt, without Alexis, it’s just better for me not to wear makeup."

She called the move "freeing, and fun, and a little rebellious too," adding, "Because I did notice that there were all these people doing big makeup looks, and it’s just like me to go against the grain and do the opposite what everyone’s doing."

Heck yes to women doing whatever they please!

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.