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Pamela Anderson Shuts Down Ageism With 5 Perfect Words

"Getting older isn't the end."

For a woman who's built her career on her enviable looks, you might think Pamela Anderson would be panicked about growing older and losing a bit of that youthful perkiness. But refreshingly, Anderson, who turns 50 next year, is taking the whole aging thing in stride.

“I actually like aging," the actress and model revealed in a candid interview with W Magazine. "I have great older female role models in my life, including my amazing mom, who have glitz, glamour, and all sorts of fun. Getting older isn’t the end. I know I have so much to look forward to.”

The 48-year-old hasn't shied away from talk of aging, instead tackling it head on. She stars in director Luke Gilford's short film, "Connected," playing a woman not too different from herself. A middle-aged empty nester, her character -- a spin instructor named Jackie -- grapples with getting older. She meditates, works out, drinks green juices and takes vitamins only to find there's still something missing in her life. 

Anderson says it was hard not to relate to the character. 

"You’re dealing with so much loss at this age," Anderson said. "It seems like everything is behind us, so what’s next? We took a lot of things for granted -- youth, beauty. But now what?”

The actress bravely appeared in some scenes bare-faced, showing her true, raw self. She says happiness is a bigger part of beauty than anything else. And it seems, after divorcing Rick Salomon last year, Anderson is focused solely on her projects and two children. She's even making an appearance in the upcoming "Baywatch" movie. 

"Calm, peacefulness and not-constant stress are very, very important to feeling beautiful and confident," she said. "And that comes across whether you’re wearing makeup or not."

Well said. 

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