NEW YORK — Pamela Anderson may not have made it to the Stellan Holm Gallery Friday night to celebrate the opening of Sante D’Orazio’s photographs of her — she took a timid walk-through earlier in the morning with Stephen Dorff, even though she doesn’t like seeing pictures of her naked body, said gallerist Vanina Holasek, who gave the tour — but Julianna Margulies, Robert Downey Jr. and Ashley Olsen were just some of those who came out to honor the former “Baywatch” star.
“She has a little something extra,” said Helena Christensen at a dinner at The Cabanas following the exhibit’s opening. “Well, I guess she has two extra things.”
“I’m really into the raunch,” opined Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn about the work.
Damon Dash, Stella Schnabel, Debbie Harry and Mick Jagger’s son, James, all made appearances at the dinner, and Bettina Zilkha, Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman popped by after hitting Jeff Koons’ 50th birthday party.
D’Orazio, who also was celebrating his birthday that evening, took the photos for Playboy magazine four years ago, but the shoot was cut short and the photos never saw the light of day until now. (Prints go for $18,000 a piece; Lord Jacob Rothschild and Tico Mugrabi each have bought one.) Relating Anderson’s status back to Botticelli’s idea of the divine feminine ideal, the photographer also compared the actress-model’s cultural and consumer import to a Warholian can of Coke or a Campbell’s soup. “She’s pop art on heels,” he said.
WWD: What does David LaChapelle think of the photographs?
Pamela Anderson: It’s always weird working with somebody else. He’s like, ‘Why are you doing that with them? How come you’re not shooting it with me?’ I’m like, ‘Well you shoot other people, too.’ We’re very greedy with each other.
WWD: How do you stay in shape?
P.A.: I really don’t work out. I walk. I have two kids and they keep me busy, and two dogs. There’s no dieting. As soon as I tell myself I’m on a diet, I eat twice as much as I ever would. I don’t like deprivation of any kind.
This story first appeared in the January 25, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
WWD: Who’s your favorite fashion designer?
P.A.: I’m antifashion. I always think clothes make you look fat, so I prefer to be naked. But I do have a weakness for [Azzedine] Alaïa. He’s a very sexy designer so you can’t go wrong. I’m a Juicy sweatsuit fanatic, I have them all. Or jeans and a tank top and some great shoes. That’s about it, or a big sweater. I designed beach boots, Ugg boots in nonleather. I’m obsessed with those right now. It’s my dropping-my-kids-off-at-school look.
WWD: What’s your favorite picture of yourself?
P.A.: A David LaChapelle photo of me as a lizard with prosthetic nipples and a backpiece with a long tail. I’m wearing a bald cap with a white mohawk and I’m painted in pink spots. I look nothing like myself and it’s great.
WWD: Reading anything?
P.A.: I’m reading a lot of scripts. I said I wouldn’t really get into this again, but I’m in it again. Famous last words.
WWD: What’s next?
P.A.: My series on Fox called “Stacked.” It’s set in a bookstore/coffee shop — ‘an intellectual oasis in the heart of a mindless city.’ It’s about a bunch of eccentric people and artists and I’m thrown in the middle of it, kind of like Sante’s exhibition.