Pamela Anderson has been incredibly busy since that viral moment at Paris Fashion Week last October. You know the one—when she went out makeup-free the entire week, causing a stir and creating conversations around realistic beauty standards.
“I felt very seen,” Anderson says while reflecting back on the moment. Everything—from her energy to the fuzzy knit cap she’s wearing on the Zoom screen—feels very warm. “It was like testing the waters. And it was warm, it was friendly, it was inviting.”
She’s since fully acclimated to her makeup-free reality, going barefaced for a Proenza Schouler ad campaign and at the British Fashion Awards. And now she’s inviting you to join her in the skin-first movement with an announcement: The 56-year-old star, along with her sons Brandon and Dylan, have acquired the skin care brand Sonsie.
The brand’s existing three-step routine spoke to Anderson on many different levels: It is vegan and cruelty-free, is thoughtfully packaged, and has an underlying message of caring for your skin at the stage it’s in, rather than enforcing the typical “fixing” narrative.
“It’s about accepting yourself where you are right now,” she says. “All of us have tried all sorts of different things—your friends are doing it, then you’re doing it. But I just came to a point where I felt like, ‘This is it. I just want to do me, keep my skin hydrated, and look after myself, but I don’t want to have to think about tomorrow. I want to think about right now. Live and how I feel in this moment.’”
This ethos is an extension of how she was feeling when she went out makeup-free in Paris. (She told me in a previous interview about that day, “Once I put the clothing on, I thought, ‘I’d rather go for a walk and look at the architecture of Paris rather than sit in the makeup chair for three hours.’”) A few weeks later she discovered Sonsie’s 34% squalane Basic Balm through her son Dylan’s girlfriend, Paula Bruss.
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