Amber Rose may have been introduced to the public as Kanye West’s muse, but the mother/business woman/self-proclaimed “bad bitch” has blossomed into an outspoken feminist.
To celebrate her transition, and the publication of her book How to Be A Bad Bitch, Rose posed for a Paper Magazine editorial that let the Philly native channel feminist icons throughout history from War World II poster gal Rosie the Riveter and Susan B. Anthony, to Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes.
Rose says the vicious comments she received after her split from her ex husband,Wiz Khalifa, inspired her to be more outspoken about feminism, slut-shaming, and sex-positivity.
“I would look on [Wiz’s] Instagram and he would have pictures of all these women all over him… and then I would post a picture of me and my son. And people would be like, ‘Does your son know that his mother’s a whore? People are like, ‘Wiz is out fucking mad bad bitches and you’re at home crying over him because he’s the best thing that fucking ever happened to you and now you’re just a fat, bald-headed single mother and no one will ever love you.’ So yeah, I guess months of seeing shit like that, I was just like, ‘I can’t live like this. There’s something wrong.'”
Back in October, Rose hosted a “slut walk” to denounce harassment and protest double standards women face. The diverse crowd echoed what Rose hopes to accomplish as a feminist: to bring all women together.
“Like, all of us as women, let’s just stick together and look out for each other. I was really glad that my Slut Walk was extremely diverse. There were all types of women from all walks of life there,” she told Paper. “That would be the main thing for me… really just try to take the racism out of feminism for our generation.”