Former ‘Baywatch’ star Carmen Electra reflects on her risqué looks from ‘90s: ‘It was shocking'
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The "Baywatch" star said she has no regrets in taking on daring looks over years.
"I had a stylist that would dress me in these sexy cut-up dresses and they were very revealing, and they were very forward," the 48-year-old told People magazine on Friday.
"And at the time, it was shocking," the former Playboy cover girl continued. "People were kind of like, ‘Whoa, what is that? That’s too sexy. We need to tone that down.’ Now everyone’s wearing cutouts and being creative with that."
Electra told the outlet that while she ultimately became a trendsetter in the ‘90s, she was merely having fun on the red carpet.
Back in the '90s, Carmen Electra made heads turn on the red carpet for her sizzling style. ((Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images))
"We were always experimenting, doubling [false] lashes, cutting," she explained. "I mean, this is the early ‘90s. Nobody was really wearing them. So it was kind of like my special thing. I continued to wear them through the ‘90s, whenever I could. That was the real me."
"I mean, honestly, when I went to the grocery store, I had lashes on," Electra told the outlet. "Going to Bed, Bath and Beyond in latex. Latex and lashes. That was the ‘90s for me."
Today, Electra has fun reminiscing by posting throwback photos on Instagram.
"Instagram to me is a way to communicate," said the actress/model about the social media app. "People will send me photos I’ve never seen before. And it’s fun. The ‘90s are so back. It’s wild."
American model and actress Carmen Electra posing outdoors on a red carpet in a long black sheath dress with cutaway sides at the MTV Video Music Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City. Photo circa 1997. (Photo by Victor Malafronte/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
"I honestly was so shy the first time I posed," said Electra at the time. "I don't know how I got through it. But once I did, I realized that Playboy was very ... They were very respectful. There weren't people hanging around on set. The lighting was amazing. The photographers were very friendly and aware that you're a woman and you're posing nude, and so it did make it easier."
Carmen Electra attends the 2019 Hollywood Beauty Awards held at Avalon Hollywood on February 17, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty)
"Once I saw the photos I was ... I had to pinch myself," she continued. "I couldn't believe that I was actually in the magazine and going to be a part of such an iconic time, being a part of Playboy in general. Marilyn Monroe started off with Playboy, and those are the women that I admire and truly have been inspired by. So yeah, Playboy was a lot of fun... And I'm not shy at all anymore, by the way."