Pamela Anderson is opening up about her tough past and her decisions that helped turn things around.

In an interview with Us Weekly, the 50-year-old model talks about the sexual abuse she suffered growing up.

RELATED: Tommy Lee Says Pamela Anderson ‘Poisoned’ Sons ‘Against Me’

“I was molested as a child by a bad female babysitter, who is no longer alive,” she said. “And my first experiences with men were not consensual.”

But Anderson was not going to let it hold her back.

In 1990, Anderson became Playboy’s February Playmate of the Month after modelling for the mag for a year.

“I was painfully shy as a child. As a young girl, Playboy empowered me. It really saved my life,” she told Us. “I felt very trapped inside and needed to free myself. It was a breakthrough for me, and there I met artists and activists and gentlemen. It has been a fun and wild life.”

RELATED: Pamela Anderson Weighs In On Fight Between Brandon Lee And Tommy Lee

And the “Baywatch” alum has a message for fans to follow their dreams: “I encourage everyone to be brave and step outside your comfort zone,” she said. “It’s a springboard into the unknown. And when you can do this, you can really live.”

She added, “We’ve all had some kind of tragedy in our lives. We just have to remember that and be good to each other.”

Read the rest of Anderson’s interview with Us here.

Click to View Gallery
Pamela Anderson’s Most Memorable Looks