Pamela Anderson Says Modeling for 'Playboy' 'Saved' Her Life

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson revealed that modeling for "Playboy" helped to save her life after she suffered from sexual abuse. Here, Anderson is pictured attending The Global Gift Gala at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum on March 22, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Canadian model-turned-actress Pamela Anderson has no regrets about her previous work in Playboy magazine. In fact, she credited the Hugh Hefner-founded publication Tuesday for saving her life after suffering from sexual abuse.

Anderson, 50, exclusively shared with Us Weekly her previous encounters with molestation by her female babysitter and non-consensual sexual relations with men. But Anderson didn't allow those past incidents to overcome her; in 1989, she rose to recognition as Playboy model.

"I was painfully shy as a child. As a young girl, Playboy empowered me. It really saved my life," she told Us Weekly. "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."

Anderson, according to NBC News, posed for the magazine's cover a whopping 14 times and was featured in 15 pictorials.

Anderson has since become a household name. Over time, the well-known playmate took up acting. Her biggest role to date was as C.J. Parker on Baywatch. She landed roles on other shows including Home Improvement andV.I.P. alongside appearances in films such as Scary Movie 3.

Despite this success, Anderson never forgot the platform Hefner gave her at the start of her career. At the time of his September 27, 2017 death, Anderson took to Instagram to share her gratitude toward the late publisher.

"Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me," she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post according to E! Online. "[You] accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly with unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said."

Newsweek reached out to Anderson's representatives for additional comment.