Last Nude Playboy Issue Features Pamela Anderson

Playboy is closing out a 60-year run of featuring naked women on the pages of this popular men’s magazine. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner featured Marilyn Monroe on the debut magazine cover in 1953 and will feature Pamela Anderson as the final nude cover girl in the January/February double issue. To close out this iconic era in the magazine’s history, it only made sense to feature the most famous Playmate in Playboy history. This will mark Anderson’s 14th Playboy cover and 15th pictorial for the magazine.
James Franco interviewed the 48-year-old former Baywatch star about her experiences working with the magazine, how she was discovered, her life at the Playboy Mansion and more.

Franco: Let’s go back to October 1989. Tell me how your first cover happened. You were spotted at a football game, right?

Anderson: Yeah. The cameraman zoomed in on me and everyone screamed and yelled, so they brought me down to the 50-yard line. I was wearing a Labatt Blue T-shirt, and Labatt ended up giving me a commercial. From there, Playboy called and flew me down. I’d never been on a plane before.

Franco: How was the shoot?

Anderson:  The photographer shot me in one roll of film because I was nervous and throwing up. But then I saw the pictures, and from there it was hard to keep my clothes on! I was painfully shy before, but then it clicked in my head that nobody cares what you look like naked except you. People are more concerned about themselves and their own flaws.

Franco: What did you want to be before Playboy came calling?

Anderson: I didn’t know. I’ve always been very imaginative, and I thought I would do something creative. I just knew I had to get out of my small town. I never wanted to be in this industry; I didn’t know that option existed for me. It wasn’t something I pursued. But I guess I’ve done pretty well for myself just going with the flow.

Franco: What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at the Mansion?

Anderson: Oh dear, so much. But you know, when people kiss and tell, they’re usually lying. I don’t want to get too detailed, but I’m sure one of my sons was conceived there.

Franco:  You have so many qualities, but my guess is when people think of you, they think first of your beauty. What is it like to live a life like that?

Anderson: I don’t quite know how to answer that. I don’t think of myself as beautiful, but I know I have a deep, sensual drive. People respond to that more than physicality because your spirit never ages. I’m a bit of an exhibitionist, and I like being playful and having fun.

The final nude issue will be hitting newstands on Friday, December 11th.

Read the full interview here.