Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years

Va va voom! Pamela Anderson is one of the most prolific Playboy models ever, gracing the cover of the men’s lifestyle magazine 14 times in her career — more than any other person in the publication’s history.

The Canada native’s modeling career began after she was spotted in 1989 on a Jumbotron at a British Columbia Lions football game wearing a Labatt’s Beer T-shirt. She became a spokesperson for the beer company which caught the attention of Playboy. The publication soon asked Anderson to audition.

“My career only took off because of one football game,” she told the Daily Mail in 2008. “I thought it was funny. Playboy called and offered me a cover just like that. I turned them down initially, because I was nervous about it and my boyfriend at the time didn’t want me to do it, but they kept coming back, so I eventually said yes.”

The Baywatch alum appeared in Playboy‘s October 1989 issue, and four months later, became the magazine’s Playmate of the Month.

Anderson explained to Us Weekly in 2018 that becoming a Playboy model didn’t just kickstart her career but it also helped her to heal from the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

“I was painfully shy as a child. As a young girl, Playboy empowered me. It really saved my life,” she said at the time. “I felt very trapped inside and needed to free myself. It was a breakthrough for me, and there I met artists and activists and gentleman. It has been a fun and wild life.”

The Blonde and Blonder star was the final model to pose nude for the magazine for its January/February 2016 issue. The magazine announced in October 2015 that it would no longer feature nude photo shoots after more than 60 years.

“I got a call from [Hugh Hefner’s] attorney who said, ‘We don’t want anybody else. There’s nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?’” Anderson told Entertainment Tonight at the time.

The V.I.P. alum added that she will always have fond memories of her time as a Playboy model.

“It was so glamorous, it was so chivalrous, there’s so many people there that were so smart, and activism, and art,” Anderson said. “You know, I just kind of miss that whole crowd and us being these little giggling girls kind of running around the mansion half naked and trying to get everybody’s attention.”

Scroll down to see Anderson’s Playboy covers through the years.

Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
Pamela Anderson’s Playboy Covers

Pamela Anderson’s Playboy career began when she appeared on the magazine’s October 1989 cover. She made history in January 2011 when she graced the magazine’s cover for the 13th time — more than anyone else in the publication’s history. In honor of Anderson’s July 1, 1967, birthday, look back at her history with the men’s magazine.

Related: Pam Anderson’s Highs and Lows


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
October 1989 Playboy Cover

When Anderson first appeared in the magazine, she had not yet starred in hit TV shows like Home Improvement or Baywatch.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
February 1991 Playboy Cover

“Hollywood people are dreamers, always grabbing for something big,” said Anderson, who had recently moved to California from her native Canada. “I’m a dreamer too, so I guess I belong here.”


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
July 1992 Playboy Cover

“Sex makes you get real,” the Home Improvement star told the magazine.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
August 1993 Playboy Cover

Anderson shared the cover with Coneheads star Dan Aykroyd (dressed in character as Beldar).


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
November 1994 Playboy Cover

“I should be more realistic, but I’m more into fantasy than reality, even when it comes to men,” Anderson admitted.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
January 1996 Playboy Cover

At the heigh of her Baywatch fame, Anderson posed for Playboy wearing a white terry cloth robe.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
September 1997 Playboy Cover

Playboy also featured another famous blonde on its September 1997 cover: Jenny McCarthy.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
June 1998 Playboy Cover

Anderson shared the main cover with her Baywatch costars Donna D’Errico, Traci Bingham and Gena Lee Nolin. Yasmine Bleeth, Carmen Electra, Marliece Andrada and Erika Eleniak were featured in the fold-out cover.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
February 1999 Playboy Cover

“The most sexual time in my life was when I was pregnant,” said the Baywatch beauty, who has two sons with ex-husband Tommy Lee. “After a few months, there were no sharp corners on any piece of furniture.”


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
July 2001 Playboy Cover

Famed photographer David LaChapelle shot Anderson’s colorful pictorial and cover.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
May 2004 Playboy Cover

“When I did TV shows and movies, the studios did demographic research. They were shocked to find that my audience isn’t just men who are too drunk to turn off the TV after football. It’s women, too,” Anderson told Playboy. “I have gone through a lot, and I’ve been open about it. Maybe they look at me and can see how you can grow up, have children, continue to be sexy, get married and divorced and, though you grew up poor, live the American dream. I’m very blessed. I’m happy for it all.”


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
January 2007 Playboy Cover

For her sole black and white cover, Anderson was shot by glamour photographer Sante D’Orazio.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
January 2011 Playboy Cover

At age 43, Anderson set a new Playboy record when she graced the magazine’s cover for the 13th time — more than anyone else in the publication’s history.


Pamela Anderson's Playboy Covers Through the Years
January/February 2016 Playboy Cover

Anderson was the last model to pose nude for the magazine, which announced in October 2015 that it would no longer include naked photo shoots in its upcoming issues. 

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