Apparently Amber Rose’s work with feminist powerhouse Amy Schumer is no coincidence: The model recently told Cosmopolitan that the Internet has transformed her into her own “feminist monster,” and her activism combating slut-shaming proves that she’s trying to become the real deal.
What got her so engaged? Social media, she tells Cosmo—more specifically, Khloe Kardashian and ex-boyfriend Kanye West’s digs at her stripper past. This publicity got her a whole lot more followers on Instagram and Twitter, and rather than responding with shame, she decided to stop worrying what people thought and start “doing me." This meant no end to her lingerie photos, and a newfound desire to speak out against sexism.
When asked how long she’s considered herself a feminist, Rose responded: "I was always about girl power, but I didn't quite get it because I did always feel like I had to be completely submissive to a man. I was always very unhappy doing that. I think I needed time to grow up. You get to a certain point in your life where you really find out who you are, and sometimes that happens when you're 25, but for me, it was 31. I didn't quite know that before. I guess social media did help create the feminist monster that I've become."
This self-proclaimed “feminist monster” has been giving talks to college-aged girls about slut-shaming and is planning to host an Amber Rose SlutWalk in LA this summer. Girl power indeed.
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