“VIP” was the Pamela Anderson TV show that invented 2018 Instagram fashion
Twenty years ago, “V.I.P.” (a.k.a. “Vallery Irons Protection”), made a big splash on our TV screens.
Featuring the “Baywatch” alum, Pamela Anderson, as its titular character, Pamela plays a hot dog stand employee who became a bodyguard and company figurehead. Although the show featured so many celebrities (e.g. Penn and Teller, Sheila E, and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills 90210”), “V.I.P.” became widely forgotten years after its cancellation in 2002.
However, the one thing that set it apart from other crime-themed TV shows was the fun, colorful and cutting-edge outfits worn by Pamela Anderson. If you haven’t seen “V.I.P.” before, you can catch so many old episodes on YouTube or buy a DVD set on Amazon. I suggest you do so right now, because the show is riddled with serious fashion inspo via Pamela herself.
While all of you are currently scrolling through Instagram for the latest trends, I’m watching “V.I.P.” Don’t worry, though – I’ve compiled a list of Pam’s most iconic outfits from the show, so get ready to see where your fave Insta girls are pulling their fits from and how you can look like Pam, too.
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Pantone had yet to invent the Color of the Year in 1998, but we’re here to remind you that Pamela Anderson DID invent ultraviolet. Dressed in a low cut lilac V-neck top with silver satin shorts, she tops it off with a matching metallic mini cross body bag. Despite being a vintage outfit combo, it still feels so 2018.
Today, women all over my IG feed are rocking ultraviolet, too.
2. Mermaid Pants
Mermaid jeans are nothing new. No stranger to wearing shiny clothes, Pamela paired these super sick Versace Jeans Couture low rise pants with a witty graphic tee. ICYMI, her tee says, “Porn Star.” (Fun fact: Versace Jeans Couture provided costumes for “V.I.P.”)
Although it seemed like Pamela only dared to wear a pair of shiny jeans once, she also makes it work with a pair of metallic gold leather pants and stripper heels.
This trend looks tricky to wear IRL, but what’s awesome is that when you pull it off, you can easily wear it from day to night.
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3. Animal Print Two-Pieces
Forgoing the traditional all-black bodyguard uniform, Vallery Irons (aka Pamela Anderson’s character) always goes for skimpy two-pieces – especially with this faux fur leopard print set. As much as we want to find the exact piece on eBay, it’s quite difficult to get our hands on it. (FYI: if you want to get them on eBay, most of those memorabilia pieces are authorized by Pamela’s brother).
Obviously, rocking faux fur doesn’t look practical for stopping crime, but that won’t stop me from wearing it to the grocery store! Also, as a celebrity spokeswoman for PETA, Pamela plugged her agenda to curb fur consumption. But as she shows us here, giving up on animal products doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your style.
Break the algorithm by rocking this deadly combo.
4. Head to toe pink
Monochromatic dressing might been overdone, but it definitely never gets old. From Pepto Bismol to millenial pink, any shade of this rosy hue looks universally amazing. It’s no wonder that Pamela repeated this combo at again and again. Also, who can’t forget the time when she attracted the paparazzi’s lenses at her pink on pink getup?
Thanks to the OG blonde bombshell, girls all over Instagram are wearing this full pink look – in style.
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5. Holographic clothing in general
Before every celebrity stylist and F/W 2018 runways featured this technicolor fabric, Pam did it first when she serving looks in a bodycon holographic dress.
Now, we can slay and shine the streets with this color shifting fabric whether we’re dolled up in a tux or a hoodie.