Pamela Anderson's Path From Playboy To PETA

Pamela Anderson has recently been in touch with Scott Morrison. You might have read about it.

But we're not talking about their exchange over Australian Julian Assange, in which she later accuses the PM of making "lewd", "smutty" and "unnecessary" comments

Two weeks earlier, Anderson wrote to Morrison congratulating him on his appointment and calling for action on live animal exports.

“I read your maiden speech and was glad to see that we share the same strong principles of justice and compassion,” she wrote on November 3.

“Today I’m writing to ask that you put your compassion into action by ending the live animal export industry.”

Contrary to the Assange saga -- where she called on the PM and Australia to assist him -- Anderson’s views around live animal exports are less out of the blue.

The mother of two and former Baywatch star is an honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). And with a life spent in front of the cameras, her advocacy has been no different.

In her first PETA campaign more than 20 years ago, she posed nude to 'Give Fur The Cold Shoulder'. 

Years later, she donned a bikini for a vegetarianism campaign, portraying her body as a collection of cuts of meat. 

Actor Pamela Anderson pose highlighting the anatomical reality of meat meals. Image: AAP

Over the years, PETA has attracted controversy over its work for animal rights, particularly some of its publicity campaigns.

"I decided to do this provocative style because there is so much competition for people's attention today, so Peta and I wanted to make sure the message couldn't be ignored," Anderson said at the time.

She has also gone about her activism taking pen to paper, calling on chef Gordon Ramsay to ditch the foie gras, and asking Kim Kardashian to stop wearing fur.

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But it hasn't been an easy ride. Launching her charity foundation focusing on environmental and animal rights in 2014, Anderson talked openly about being sexually abused and raped as a child.

"I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories. At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this," she said.

After previously revealing she had been raped as a 12 year old, Anderson alleged a string of other incidents, saying she "did not have an easy childhood".

"Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter... I went to a friend's boyfriend's house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape. My first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12."

Anderson visits the Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk, northern France. Image: AAP

As a young girl, Anderson has publicly said she was empowered by Playboy after years of sexual abuse.

“I felt very trapped inside and needed to free myself," she told US Weekly.

"It was a breakthrough for me, and there I met artists and activists and gentlemen. It has been a fun and wild life.”

In a recent interview with 60 Minutes Australia, she attracted attention for slamming #MeToo, saying it's paralysing men.

Pamela Anderson Calls Feminism "A Bore" And Slams #MeToo
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Anderson's response when she was quizzed about her sex tape past. Image: 60 Minutes Australia.

"A lot of feminists would say Playboy is the  ultimate exploiter, user of women and the female form," reporter Liam Bartlett said to the 51-year-old asking if she felt exploited by the magazine.

"I think there’s worse than Playboy, I think it was very empowering, and no one forced me to do anything," Anderson responded, adding, "I think this feminism can go too far".

Contact the author ebrancatisano@networkten.com.au

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