Brunette Pamela Anderson before she became a plastic peroxide princess (2023)

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES - From brunette high school angel to saucy wannabe model: Pamela Anderson before she turned plastic peroxide princess

  • Former boyfriend reveals never-before-seen treasure trove of pictures
  • Includes first picture of Pamela at 14 - age she was allegedly gang-raped
  • Startling array of risque modelling shots she sent to her boyfriend at the time while he was working away

By Ryan Parry In Mission, Canada

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She is a global sex symbol whose image once adorned posters plastered across every teenage boy’s bedroom wall.

In a fairy tale story Pamela Anderson soared from a sweet volleyball-playing school girl raised in a tiny Canadian fishing town to a global superstar who posed on the front cover of Playboy magazine before grabbing international fame as sexy life-guard CJ on hit TV show Baywatch.

But today in a treasure trove of never-before-seen photos obtained exclusively by MailOnline, we can reveal Pamela as you’ve never seen her before.

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Innocence lost: Our exclusive photograph shows Pamela Anderson, a 14-year-old ninth grader in 1981, when she claims she was gang-raped

In a gallery of amazing photos the star is seen before she dyed her hair peroxide blonde and paid thousands for plastic surgery on her lips and breasts.

In one photograph taken when she was a 14-year-old in ninth grade, she is the picture of innocence. But that angelic image is shattered - because it was the same year she was gang-raped by seven boys, she recently claimed.

During her school days the now glamorous actress turned animal activist was a plain-looking teen with naturally straight brown hair instead of today's fashionable blonde locks.

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Pamela’s high-school sweetheart Ty Anderson shared his treasured snaps with MailOnline - photos he has kept locked away for 30 years.

Ty showed off pictures of Pamela at her most casual, at an 80s pool party with friends and at the Expo 86’ world fair event in Vancouver. In a series of other pictures you can see how she fell into the fashions of the time; all perms and baggy sweaters, that are cringeworthy to look back on now.

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But most revealing is Ty’s stunning amateur shots of Pamela posing in sexy lingerie at 18 - her rookie photo shoot premiere.

Splish splash: Ty shared this picture of Pam at a pool party in 1984. She is already toying with the blonde look she became so famous for

Rites of passage: Here Pamela is pictured at her prom and her graduation in 1985. Ty said Pam was 'plain-looking' but still in the top ten most beautiful girls at school at the time

The series of snaps includes her first ever topless photo – taken before she appeared in Playboy.

Pamela sent the pictures, taken by a friend of the teen, to Ty as a saucy gift.

He recalls: 'I was blown away. Pamela had a fantastic body and I was a very, very lucky guy. That was her first rookie shoot, she looked hot.

‘By the time she was 18, the curves that made her famous were pretty well developed and we enjoyed a very physical relationship.

'And when you’re that age and your girlfriend sends you topless and lingerie photos - what would any boy think?'

After graduating from Highland Secondary school in Comox, Canada, where Ty and Pamela met, Ty moved to Red Deer in Alberta to become a fire-fighter while Pamela stayed home.

'We missed each other like crazy,' said Ty. 'So Pam sent me lots of love letters including one with all these photos.'

Fairest of the fair: Ty took this picture of Pam at the World Expo '86, in the full swing of 1980's fashion

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Fashion faux pas:: Like everyone, Pam has awkward photos from the era - all perm and baggy sweaters

Prim & proper: Ty (pictured with Pam in 1985) said: 'She was pretty but she did not dress like the girls do these days, it was clean and innocent back then'

In the letter dated November 16, 1985, Pamela wrote: ‘Hi Sexy, I thought I’d send you a little surprise. I hope you like them. It took a lot of guts, but here I am.

'You say I never let you see my body, well you can’t say that anymore. Here I am, in the flesh! I miss making love to you so much. I need you! I’ll always need you…love always, your Pamela xoxo, I’ll never stop loving you.'

Ty said: 'Pam had never been that risqué before, even in the letter she says that I always told her she never let me see her body, which was true. So when I saw these photos I was like, “wow she loves me”.'

And Ty admits that he bought Pamela one of the sexy lingerie sets the young wannabe model wore for the impromptu shoot.

'I was like, “I got her that outfit”, she looked great in it,' he said.

‘After getting the photos Pam rang me and told me to come home but I said no way you come up here I’m still working. It wasn’t long before we were together again.'

Surprise! While Ty was away working, Pam sent him a letter with this topless picture inside. She wrote: 'Hi Sexy, I thought I’d send you a little surprise. I hope you like them. It took a lot of guts, but here I am'

For your eyes only: Pamela, then 18, sent Ty revealing modelling shots in the lingerie that he had bought her

Flaunt it: Ty said: 'Pam had never been that risqué before, even in the letter she says that I always told her she never let me see her body, which was true. So when I saw these photos I was like, "wow she loves me"'

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Exhibitionist: Pam was clearly at home striking the sexy poses that would come to make her so famous

Keepsakes: Ty keeps the collection of letters and photographs in a box at home in Mission, Canada

Ty recalls how his girlfriend slowly blossomed from a plain school-girl to voluptuous woman in her late teens.

'Pam wasn’t anything special when we first met, yes she was pretty but she was just your average 14-year-old girl, she had her buttons done up to her neck, she never wore any revealing outfits.

'Pam was up there in the top ten hottest girls, but she did not dress like the girls do these days, it was clean and innocent back then.'

After Ty received the sexy photos he said Pam moved to Banff, Alberta and got a job at a gym before she moved in with him in Red Deer.

Star is born: Pamela hit the big time when she was spotted at a football game wearing a beer t-shirt. She was chosen by Labatt’s Blue as their pin-up girl

'We lived there together before I moved to Victoria, British Columbia, and she came too working for the tourist board,' he said.

Shortly afterwards Ty remembers how Pamela hit the big time when she was spotted at a football game wearing a beer t-shirt and picked up by Labatt’s Blue as their pin-up girl.

'After that she was picked up by a couple of other beer companies, then Hugh Hefner called her and it all took off from there,' he said.

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'In 1989 she did her first Playboy shoot and moved to LA where she became the "Tool Time Girl" on TV show Home Improvement, before I know it I was watching her in Baywatch.'

Watching her transform into the stunning bottle blonde we all know was tough for Ty.

‘Dude she was hot, I was blown away, I was like wow,’ he recalls.

Jealousy: Ty, now married with children, said it was hard watching her career and looks take off. 'Dude she was hot, I was blown away, I was like wow'

What could have been: 'I was floored with envy that I couldn't be with her full time,' Ty said. 'By then we weren’t together, she was writing me and I could have chased her but I didn't, I was heartbroken

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‘I was floored with envy that I couldn’t be with her full time, by then we weren’t together, she was writing me and I could have chased her but I didn’t, I was heartbroken.'

Ty, 48, who now lives in Mission, a small town to the east of Vancouver, with his wife and two children, said he and Pamela spoke regularly after she left Canada and they remained ‘friends with benefits’ into the early 90s.

Ty still keeps a collection of love letters, photos and magazine clippings of Pamela in a box in his home.

Yesterday, MailOnline revealed how Ty is urging Pamela to go to the police over the shocking rape allegations.

Ty said the star has a 'moral responsibility' to tell police who attacked her.

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FAQs

Did Pamela Anderson have brown hair? ›

'I dye my own hair and always have!': Natural brunette Pamela Anderson, 48, reveals home remedies... while admitting she doesn't know if she has grays. She's an internationally known superstar, having worked as a Playboy model, make-up designer, and starred in one of the most iconic television roles of all time.

What color is Pamela Anderson's hair? ›

It-girls may come and go, but one blonde bombshell remains supreme. After more than 30 years in the spotlight, Pamela Anderson is still one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. With her signature platinum tresses, the Baywatch beauty continues to stun both on and off-camera.

How did Lily James look like Pam? ›

James, who was a child when the scandal around Anderson and Lee's sex tape broke, found her armor and her disguise in the character's look, which included (but was not limited to): dentures, a vest-like contraption over her chest to shape her bust to Anderson's iconically buxom image, contact lenses, three wig styles, ...

What are the dark spots on Pamela Anderson arm? ›

Lily James' Pamela Anderson has bruises on her left arm in Pam and Tommy to reflect the leech scars that the real-life model has. Speaking with Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show in 2008, Anderson explained that she was attacked by leeches as a child and proceeded to show the host her bruises.

How did Lily James get so tan in Pam and Tommy? ›

Once a week, James would get a dark spray tan to make her complexion more suited to that of a TV star who spent most of her time filming on a beach in Los Angeles. And every day, she would have additional tan makeup added to even out the color and make sure she was the right shade ... all over her body.

Why did Pamela cut her hair? ›

"I just thought my hair had a life, and I wanted to kind of put that behind me and start fresh," Anderson said at the time. "I thought it would be good for the marathon, and it was."

Did Pamela get her tattoo removed? ›

Anderson would ultimately keep the tattoo for nearly 20 years, though she finally scrubbed it in 2014. Per the HuffPost, the faded tattoo could still be seen for some time after starting the removal process. The barbed wire look also wasn't the only ink she was famous for.

What is Pamela Anderson haircut called? ›

The layered style is little Rachel from Friends, a little Pamela Anderson — and versatile as heck.

Did they use a prosthetic in Pam and Tommy? ›

It took around four hours each day to get James into character, using a combination of 15 pairs of lace eyebrows, four wigs, two rows of hand-sculpted dentures, a breast plate and a prosthetic forehead -- and that's before Williams could even think about recreating Anderson's makeup.

Why did Lily play Pam? ›

"It's always such a huge responsibility to play someone, a real person, particularly with Pam, she's such an icon, I really love her, and I wanted to try and do her justice and try and capture her spirit and really explore what happened at that time and how she was treated and how things have changed, or not changed," ...

How did Pamela Anderson get leech scars? ›

Pamela Anderson was scarred for life at the age of nine when she was attacked by leeches in a lake. The former 'Baywatch' beauty still has a series of marks on her arm, where the blood-suckers attached themselves to her - and she showed them off to talk show host Craig Ferguson on his show on Monday.

Who stole Pam and Tommy tape? ›

Rand Gauthier, the man who stole and sold Anderson and Lee's infamous sex tape in 1995, found himself working as a collector for their gangster investor, Louis "Butchie" Peraino (Andrew Dice Clay).

Is Lily James wearing a wig in Pam and Tommy? ›

The product worked as a "wig prep." "It also acted as a conditioning mask while her hair was wrapped under the wig during filming," Moe explains. James' hair was healthy, soft, and shiny, even after long shoots. Moe adds, "After nearly 5 months of filming, her hair was healthier than it was when we started."

How accurate is Pam and Tommy? ›

Pam & Tommy is mostly true to the real-life events centered around their infamous tape, but there remain a few minor inaccuracies. Hulu's hit limited series Pam & Tommy reveals the untold story behind the infamous sex tape leaked amid Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's tumultuous love story in the 1990s.

What was the tape about in Pam and Tommy? ›

Filmed in the early days of their marriage, the 54-minute tape featured intimate moments from Anderson and Lee's new life together, including about eight minutes of sex. The safe also reportedly contained Lee's guns and Anderson's jewelry.

How did they transform Lily James into Pamela? ›

By taking an impression of Lily's torso, we were able to sculpt breasts that were closer to Pam's and create appliances out of silicone,” explains Collins, adding that James wore the breast appliances for the majority of the shoot as many of her outfits required either cleavage or side-profile exposure.

Was barbed wire a hit Pamela? ›

Pamela Anderson's highly anticipated 1996 film Barb Wire became a critically panned project and a box-office flop, but what actually happened? As shown in Pam & Tommy, Pamela Anderson expected her acting career to explode with the release of Barb Wire, but the film ultimately became a critical and commercial flop.

What is the Karen haircut? ›

A Karen haircut is shorter in the back than it is in the front, it's often blonde in color and it often resembles in inverted bob. When someone says you have a Karen haircut, they could be referring to the look of your hair or the fact that you're being high maintenance and demanding.

What is a mom haircut? ›

It's anything shoulder length or shorter. There's the bob, the long bob (lob), the pixie, the Kate Gosselin, and several other styles. But the general consensus is, a mom haircut is a short, low maintenance style which moms adopt after they get sick of a perpetual messy bun.

Are butterfly layers good for thin hair? ›

“It's good for medium texture with a slight coarseness, and hair that lays flat but isn't so naturally wavy,” Ellis explains. “The longer the hair, the better, in order to pull this off best. And I definitely don't recommend it on thin hair because when you layer, it will only look thinner.”

Does Pam have red or brown hair? ›

“Yeah, it's like a reddish brown, you guys. I think everyone's right. But it did have these reddish tones,” answered Fischer. She believed her hair isn't as red in this episode as it was earlier in the show because she changed it for a movie.

Did Lily James dye her hair for Pam and Tommy? ›

Before filming, James lightened her natural hair color as well—but not as blonde as Pamela Anderson's locks. "I used the Blue Chamomile and Argan Oil 5 in 1 Leave-In Spray to moisturize her hair before prepping her for the wig application,"Moe says.

Why does Pam look fat in season 8? ›

All that grew when Pam was pregnant was her belly. Everything about me has grown: My arms are bigger, my legs are bigger, my face is bigger. When you get pregnant in real life, your whole body gets pregnant, not just your stomach. [Ed note: These next two questions were part of a post we ran last week.]

Did Pam cheat on Pam? ›

Once she realized she should have saved her emotions for intimate conversations with Jim instead of Brian, her marriage with Jim started to heal. At the end of the day, neither Jim nor Pam cheated on each other throughout the course of the show.

Why does Pam look different in season 6? ›

By season six, Pam found out she was pregnant while planning her dream wedding with Jim. She and Jim wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret until after they were married but Jim let the cat out of the bag at their wedding rehearsal. Nonetheless, Pam's style changes throughout the season with her growing belly.

How realistic is Pam and Tommy show? ›

While much of the show stayed true to real life, there was one scene in particular that was a total fabrication: the one where Mötley Crüe loses their studio to Third Eye Blind. “Mötley Crüe and I've never been in the same studio,” Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins told Variety in February.

How accurate was Tommy and Pam? ›

Pam & Tommy is mostly true to the real-life events centered around their infamous tape, but there remain a few minor inaccuracies. Hulu's hit limited series Pam & Tommy reveals the untold story behind the infamous sex tape leaked amid Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's tumultuous love story in the 1990s.

Who put the Pam and Tommy tape out? ›

After eight episodes, the story of Pam & Tommy has come to an end on Hulu. The series brought to life the couple's famous sex tape, leaked in 1995 without their consent by disgruntled electrician Rand Gauthier (played by Seth Rogen).

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