Times are a-changing. One example: Playboy’s decision to put the kibosh on showing naked ladies (kind of their thing). The final issue featured Pamela Anderson, one of the mag’s most celebrated go-to girls — one that could check off all the correct boxes with regards to Playmate requirements: Hair (blond and big!); bust (as much as possible); bod (smokin’ hot); smile (electric). But Anderson can check off a lot more boxes than the average Playmate. She’s an animal rights activist, an actress who anchored iconic long-running series (Baywatch), mother of two boys and a businesswoman about to launch her line of vegan footwear. Anderson was in town to host a New Year’s Eve blowout at FIFTY Ultra Lounge and chatted with Miami.com.
Are you excited about the year ahead?
Yes! I’m calling it “The year of the Vegan.” Last year was a dramatic one for me, personally and professionally. My foundation really found its footing. (Pamelaandersonfoundation.org) I have a good feeling for where I am going. I have a clean slate.
What do you like to do when you are in town?
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I have some very close friends in Miami. Artist Marcus Suarez is a dear friend who has had nine strokes and still paints. He is such a beautiful person and needs our prayers. And everyone loves my friend Elaine Lancaster. I usually get to museums and galleries when I travel. I’ve been to Art Basel a few times but Miami is such a party city. I normally come for events that lead to parties, then spa the next day to recover. It reminds me a bit of Vegas. It’s fun for a quick stop, on the way to Haiti.
How were your holidays?
We had a very sweet, quiet beautiful Christmas. Just the three of us, the boys and me. It meant a lot. We talked a lot. Just in a simple setting. I like to ask questions: How do they feel their lives are going? What are their new goals, passions? I like to do a lot of listening over the holidays. My kids write me a letter every Christmas and put it under the tree. It always makes me cry. It is the best gift a parent can get.
What resolutions, if any, did you make?
I’m actually going to work out this year, look after myself better. I want to be healthier and get on a good regular exercise program. Get my tiny waist back. Pilates, yoga. I will get more involved worldwide as an activist for activists as well as continue my fight for the environment and animals. There is a need.
What are you most looking forward in the next few months?
A love affair blossoming. Prosperity in mind, body, spirit. Finishing construction on my guest house. Seeing through promises I’ve made with my kids about education, work and goals as a family. Staying on track. Staying focused, streamlining.
How do you feel about appearing in the final issue of Playboy?
I was very flattered when they asked me. I have been on 15 American covers now. It was such an exciting time, to be a part of Hef’s fantasy world for all these years — inspirational. Bittersweet, but I am also happy to close that chapter of my life and move on. I don’t mind getting older. It’s a relief. I want to get to work now. My kids have grown up so fast and well. I’m very proud of them. They are hard workers — and gentlemen. This next phase of my life should be interesting as they start their adult lives and I have more free time.
Any other news?
Check out my new vegan shoe line with Amelie Pichard, which launches in January at www.Pammieslife.com. My lifestyle brand is a labor of love, sustainable products using innovative, recycled fabrics and everything is cruelty free.