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Carmen Electra made a name for herself in the ’90s as lifeguard Lani McKenzie, who wore the iconic red one-piece swimsuit from the “Baywatch” series, and has since graced the cover of hundreds of magazines, in addition cinema and television. the roles.
Electra told Fox News Digital that she was in for a treat with what she calls some of her most exciting work to date with OnlyFans, the subscription-based online platform where users can pay for or sell content. original without going through a multitude of links.
The former Playboy cover girl, who recently turned 50 in April, signed up to the social media site last month and has been reclaiming her image ever since – one snap at a time.
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“It’s a common thing that’s happened to me throughout my career. I mean, I’m talking at the very beginning,” she said. “I remember I was going to the mall here in LA, and I was just walking around the mall. I didn’t have enough money to buy anything, but I was looking around the store and people come up to me and say, ‘Are you an actress? Are you a model?’ And they asked me the same things and said, ‘You should become an actor!’ Or ‘You should do this, do that, and I think with OnlyFans I’ve heard about it many times to the point where I decided to look into it.
After investigating more about the platform and what it offers not only users but also content creators, Electra took the plunge and created her own page full of lingerie pics and bikini pics. She hasn’t looked back since.
“What I realized is that OnlyFans is a safe place where you can be your own creator,” she said.
“I became my own creative director, my own stylist, my own visionary. You’re one-on-one with the fans, so they can make requests, and I love that. It can be really, really fun. And I “had a blast creating photos, getting videos, and letting my fans follow me wherever I go on these journeys of my life. That’s exactly what I wanted to do.”
One thing Electra loves about the site is that they have complete control over what they decide to post as “there is no one to tell you what to do; I am my own boss.”
She added: “It’s intense and very empowering. It’s so empowering. And creatively, I’ve always had so many fun and creative ideas, and there were times when I I was able to follow those who had different projects. I’m working on it.
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“There are other times when it’s not what it is. If I’m doing a movie or presenting and it’s just not the vibe, I like doing my job and it’s is fine. But, now, I feel like I’m almost like my own editor and I can release something that I don’t like. You know, I can shoot for days, take a break, little doesn’t matter… It’s entirely up to me.
Electra had some words of wisdom for former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards and her daughter, 18-year-old Sami Sheen, who recently embarked on their own journeys with the platform.
“Be honest about where you are, your platform, and what your fans will see in your photos and videos,” she said. “Be very honest and true to who you are. Stay true to your fans and the people who support you, and have fun with it. That’s the message I’ve always had, and I’ve always thought, if you you’re not having fun, why do it?”
Electra grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and trained professionally as a dancer. Her sights were set on the bright lights of Hollywood or dancing at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, but Electra became a recording artist instead and pursued music under the late music legend. Prince, who helped her release an album and secure a recording contract through Capitol Records.
“I always went with the flow,” she said. “And then there were times when things got a little quiet. I had this experience where I was like, ‘OK, I made this choice to be alone. Let’s see what’s going to happen,” and let’s go through the struggle and the passion that creates, you know, to get out. And the next thing you know, I was working for MTV, ‘Baywatch,’ I was booked for movies.”
Electra admitted she’s been on the cover of more than 150 magazines, but never achieved Playmate status on Playboy, despite having posed for the coveted publication several times.
She’s starred in dozens of film and television roles, including the “Scary Movie,” “Starsky & Hutch,” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” movie franchise. Her arguably most recognizable role as Lani McKenzie on “Baywatch” was also one of the toughest characters she’s ever had to play.
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“I had a lot of fun,” she said. “I never thought I would accomplish something that I never thought I could do, like tandem surfing or diving from a speed boat, being part of recruit school and having the biggest wedgie of my life and running in the sand, diving over the waves, was so hard.
“If you’re new to this and you’re not the biggest fan of water sports, it’s really scary. But, I’ll tell you, go through this and when you finish this scene. That’s the best feeling ever.”
While Electra and Pamela Anderson have worked on different seasons of the show, they were able to connect when reuniting in Hawaii years ago. And while fans have been yearning for a proper reunion for years, Electra briefly mentioned a possible “Baywatch” documentary that is “hopefully” in the works, which was filmed during the pandemic.
“I think it brought together the group of us who never worked together because we all worked at different times on the show,” she said.
When it comes to her career and making choices that benefit her happiness, Electra has remained determined to stay true to herself.
“Throughout this time, I’ve always made sure to think for myself,” she said. “I always like to tell people – be ready. Go out there and get it and don’t let anyone stop you. Don’t get in your head and if you ever need to break, do it for yourself .Best thing you can do to reset yourself.”
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