Carmen Electra rose to fame in the ’90s as lifeguard Lani Mackenzie, who donned the iconic red one-piece swimsuit in the “Baywatch” series and has since starred in film and television as well as hundreds of magazine covers. the roles.
Elektra told Fox News Digital that she’s been walking around in what some call her The most exciting work so far with just fansThe subscription-based online platform lets users pay for or sell original content without going through multiple connections.
Earlier Playboy cover girlShe, who recently turned 50 in April, signed up with the social media site last month and has since been in the process of reclaiming her image – one snap at a time.
This is a common thing that happens in my career.. I mean I am talking from the beginning. “I remember I’d go to the mall here in LA, and I’d walk around the mall. I didn’t have enough money to buy anything, but I’d look in the store and people would walk up to me and say, ‘Are you an actress…a model?’ And they asked me the same things and said, ‘You should get into acting!’ Or ‘You should do this, do that, and I think just with the fans, I’ve heard about it so many times that I decided to look into it.
After researching more on the platform and what it offers to not only users but also content creators, Elektra took the leap and created her own page with lingerie shots and bikini pictures. Since then she has not looked back.
“What I’ve realized is that fans are the only safe place you can be your own creator,” she says.
“I’ve become 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 it. It’s really fun. And I’m ‘creating photos, taking videos wherever I go in my life. And it’s nice to have my fans following me. That’s what I wanted to do.”
One thing Elektra likes about the site is that she has complete control over what she decides to release “No one is telling you what to do; I am my own boss.”
She added: “It’s intense and very empowering. It’s very self-empowering. And creatively, I’ve always had very fun and creative ideas and there have been times when I’ve been able to follow them through with different projects. I’ve been working on it.
“But there are other times. I’m shooting a movie or hosting and the vibe isn’t that, I love my work and it’s fine. But, now I’m almost like this. I’m my own editor and I can take out what I don’t like. You know? , I can shoot for days, take a break, whatever … it’s totally up to me.”
Elektra has some wisdom to impart on former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards and her recently launched daughter Sami Sheen, 18. their own journeys with the platform.
“Be honest about where you are and what your platform is and what your fans see in your photos and your videos,” she says. “Be very honest and be true to who you are. Be honest 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’re not having fun, why would you?”
Electra grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and trained professionally as a dancer. Her focus was on the bright lights of Hollywood or dancing at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, but Elektra instead became a recording artist and pursued music under their guidance. The late music legend PrinceIt helped her release an album and land a recording contract through Capital Records.
“I’ve always kind of gone with the flow,” she said. “And then there are times when things are a little quiet. I had that experience where I was like, ‘Okay, I made this choice on my own. Let’s see what’s going to happen,’ and go through the struggle and passion to get out there. Next thing you know, I’m working for MTV, ‘Baywatch,’ I’m booking movies.”
Elektra admits she’s been on the cover of more than 150 magazines, but has never earned Playmate status in Playboy, despite posing for the esteemed publication multiple times.
She has starred in dozens of film and television roles, including the “Scary Movie” film franchise, “Starsky & Hutch” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” She is undoubtedly the most recognizable character Lani McKenzie in “Baywatch.” It is also one of the most complex roles she has played.
“I had a lot of fun,” she said. “I never thought I’d be able to do something I never imagined, like tandem surfing or diving on a speed boat, being part of the rookie school and having the biggest wedgie of my life, and running in the sand, diving over the waves. Worked hard.
“If you’re new to it, and you’re not the biggest water sports guy, it’s really scary. But, I’ll tell you, when you go through that and you roll that scene. It’s the best feeling.”
While Elektra and Pamela Anderson worked on different seasons of the show, they connected during a reunion in Hawaii years ago. While fans have been clamoring for a true reunion for years, Elektra briefly mentioned the “Baywatch” documentary, which was “hopefully” in the works filmed during the pandemic.
“I think it made our group never work together because we all worked on the show at different times,” she said.
Elektra is committed to being herself when it comes to her career and making choices that benefit her happiness.
“All this time, I always made sure to think for myself,” she says. “I always like to tell people – be prepared. Go out there and get it and don’t let anyone stop you. Don’t get in over your head and if you ever have to break down, do it for yourself. The best thing you can do is reset yourself.”