Pamela Anderson Lands 'Playboy's Final Nude Cover

It's officially the end of an era. Back in October, Playboy announced they will no longer be running nude photos starting in March 2016. This means that the January/February 2016 double issue — which hits newsstands on Friday, Dec. 11 — is the publication's final magazine featuring nudity. Unsurprisingly, it's been announced that Pamela Anderson landed the coveted Playboy cover and inside spread. It's a fitting choice, considering this marks the model's 14th time as their cover girl; she first appeared in October 1989. The magazine refers to Anderson as "the Marilyn Monroe of our time" and it's clear she was their first choice. Speaking of this major milestone, Pamela Anderson told Entertainment Tonight ,

I got a call from [Hugh Hefner's] attorney who said, "We don't want anybody else. There's nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?"

The 48-year-old added, "I had a rough few years where I felt a little insecure, 'cause you know everyone's getting older. I thought, 'My gosh, I miss the Playboy days.'" Although society may have mixed feelings about nude photos, Anderson's comments seem to imply that she finds these photoshoots empowering. And hey, more power to her! If she's confident in her body and wants to show it off, she's certainly allowed.

Inside the magazine, Anderson has a 12-page pictorial, along with an interview by actor James Franco. The two tackle everything from her first Playboy shoot to the craziest thing that happened at the mansion. Plus, she tells Franco her philosophy to life:

You have to be yourself. That’s the hardest thing to be. I’ve been in professional environments where people have tried to change me, and that’s when I become like the Hulk and just rip them off my back. Then I’m back to being myself. I try to live my life as honestly as I can.

Wise words! Check out Pamela Anderson's Playboy cover below:

And here's a snapshot from inside the magazine, where Anderson poses alongside Hugh Hefner himself. What better way to commemorate the final issue?

To see the rest of the photos, you'll have to wait until the magazine hits newsstands next week!

Images: Courtesy Playboy/Ellen von Unwert (2)