Idol Worship

Photos of Pamela at the Stellan Holm Gallery.

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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.
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