Donna DeRico, 54, says she’s tired of people thinking her body has been rebuilt by plastic surgery

Donna Derico talks about cyberbullies and self-confidence.  (Photo: Getty Images/Design by Quinn Lemmers)

Donna Derico talks about cyberbullies and self-confidence. (Photo: Getty Images/Design by Quinn Lemmers)

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Donna Derrico, 54, may be a former Playboy Playmate and ex Baywatch star, but says she’s no stranger to feeling self-conscious. It’s a battle she’s fought “her whole life,” she says.

“I still get a little shy here and there — sometimes a lot,” she told Yahoo Life. “But I’ve learned to let those things go and stop worrying so much about what other people say and what other people think and just live. I wear what I want and say what I want and do what I want, and I’ve stopped living the way other people think I should and I live the way I want I live by it. I think that’s what you’re seeing now…is this level of confidence. And I think everyone knows that confidence is sexy.”

D’Errico has been upfront about it The bullying she receives on her Instagram — especially when you post sexier pictures. Most trolls, she says, are “other women.” It’s a tendency, she says, that has followed her since the “bullying” of her childhood, when she was “torn to pieces by the girls at school.” The good thing about going online, she explains, is that she now has a way to hit back at the haters: deletion and blocking.

After she posted a video on July 4 of herself in a red, white and blue bikini, the actress said she received an avalanche of hateful comments. But instead of holding back from posting her sexiest photos, she leaned in.

“I’m not going Not Post that stuff anymore, because then they’ll feel like they’ve won, and they won’t. She says, “I won. I’ll go right back and post more bikini stuff. And if I feel more hate about it, I’ll post another. I’ll post something in lingerie. I’ll get more serious if I feel like it. I look sexy, and that’s my expense.” If I wanted to post a picture in my underwear, I would.”

Now, she says the comments are “funny” — but for the most part she doesn’t even finish reading them.

“I don’t spend time going into it or going into their profile,” she says. “It is not important for me to have an influence on me.”

However, the actress did transfer some of her sexual images to OnlyFans, where she now runs her own account. she Advertise the OnlyFans Project With a picture of her on Instagram on the toilet. At the time, she saw the opportunity as a “fun second social media account.” Since its launch, it has become financially profitable.

“I know people have said it controls their image, and I just didn’t put that together in my head,” she explains. “I didn’t go into it to make money. That’s not why I did it. I almost did it as revenge for all this hateful stuff that was going on.” [on Instagram.] Also, I’d see all these celebs post nude pictures of themselves on Instagram, but they kind of cover themselves, you know — all their important parts with their hands, and then the audience compliments them and says, “Hey, you know, more power to you — girl power, or whatever.” . “

Another thing that Derico deals with is the idea that her body was only created through plastic surgery. She says she had plastic surgery to tighten her skin after losing the weight she gained after her mother’s death.

“What they like to say is, when I post a picture of myself where I look really great and my body looks great — they don’t like to attribute it to all the hard work I’ve done in the gym,” she says. “They like to attribute it to my plastic surgery years ago.” Oh, it was all created in the surgery room. Well, let me tell you something: You can’t create my body that you saw me posting on Instagram in the operating room. It can’t be done. No amount of money can do that.”

In addition to taking long walks and working out in the gym, D’Errico says she swears by alcohol. While she insists she didn’t have an “alcohol addiction,” she says she drank excessive amounts “to the point of fainting” when she indulged.

“It’s a celebration for me because now, I don’t have to have any of those days where I wonder what I said or did the night before, which has been bothering me for months,” she says. “It’s been great because I’ve accomplished a lot of things since then.”

The only thing D’Errico doesn’t think about is old age.

“I don’t focus on age. Age is irrelevant,” she says. “Who cares how old anyone is? I can tell you I’m 30 or I can tell you I’m 70 – I’m still the same person sitting here. I don’t think that age has anything to do with anything. I’m just me. I Just Donna.”

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