Amber Rose is on the move, sneaking through Los Angeles traffic to sneak into a quick gym session – she says she is still losing the weight of her second child, Slash, delivered late last year – before picking up her little ones from daycare. “This mother’s life, you know!” she exclaims with a small laugh.
The 36-year-old has, over the past ten years, done just about anything and everything in the pop culture arena. She has been modeled in rap videos and for Louis Vuitton; written books; has appeared on shows like blackish and RuPaul’s Drag Race; hosted The Amber Rose Show; dropped some singles; embraced the rape culture by hosting SlutWalk from LA; and collected a lot of ink for dating a pair of famous men, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. His latest company joins OnlyFans, the risky content subscription platform. Once dominated by sex workers, the site exploded in popularity during the COVID pandemic, attracting figures like Cardi B and Bella Thorne, and even making a high-profile cameo in a Beyoncé song.
Posting nudes, she says, feels like a blast from the past, ever since Rose started undressing as a teenager to support her family. “I’m going to leave my vagina to my husband, but everything else is fair,” she told me.
It has been a pretty crazy week in America. I mean, the president and the first lady have coronavirus. It’s just crazy.
I know. It’s crazy. he really crazy. I’m definitely not a Trump fan, but the coronavirus is really taking people’s lives at this point. It’s not cool. Thank goodness none of my family, kids or my husband had it. I had a few friends and they recovered.
I’m curious as to why you have decided to join OnlyFans now?
I would have joined sooner but I was pregnant! I would have been the first there, are you crazy ?! [Laughs] With my second baby, I weighed 224 pounds. So now I’m about ten pounds from where I was before I had Slash. But yes, I would have done it sooner. Shit.
What kind of content can we expect from your OnlyFans?
I’ve been a stripper for a long time, and with my SlutWalk I’ve always talked about being body positive and how women should be able to breastfeed in public. For me, breasts are not a big deal. I’m gonna show off my boobs all day on OnlyFans – boobs, ass and twerk. All the good stuff. I’m going to leave my vagina to my husband but everything else is fair.
OnlyFans looks great because it cuts out the creepy middlemen that can be involved in sex work. I have friends who have undressed and had bad experiences with strip club managers.
Thanks my God. I have really only had positive experiences as a dancer. I was always downstairs with all the girls, all the management. It wasn’t janky or what they show you in the movies. It was one of the best times of my life and the money was great. I was 20, had a lot of friends, it was a party every day, and that was before I had kids, so I only had time.
It looks like your OnlyFans is going to be legit enough and not look like, say, a Bella Thorne situation where she promises a nude to her paying subscribers and fails to deliver.
I don’t know the whole story exactly, but I’ll say this: whatever I say I’m going to give you, I will give it to you. I was a stripper, my brother. It’s not a big deal for me. I like to move people forward – and I like haters too. I just think it’s fun. It’s like a digital strip club to me, and it takes me back to my roots.
Seems to fit your mission to destigmatize sex work and sex workers.
Yeah. And I’m also the one who does whatever I want with my body, and no man or fan or person online is watching my body. I can do whatever I want with my own body, and that’s the main thing. Also, I personally speak to everyone in DM. I set aside time so that I could actually talk to people. I think it’s not cool that people are paying for your time and it’s really someone else talking to them, you know what I mean? Even on Instagram, if you DM me and I reply to you, that’s really me. I run my own shit.
What do you say to the full-time sex workers who have slammed celebrities joining OnlyFans and accusing them of taking money out of their pockets?
Well listen, I would say because I was a stripper I understand where they’re coming from, but they have to understand that there is someone for everyone. There will be a lot of men who are intimidated talking to me in DMs, or who think they will get more attention from these girls than from me, so they don’t have to worry about me taking anything. it is far from them. I never did porn or was a prostitute but I was a dancer, and that’s also part of sex work.
“I can do whatever I want with my own body, and that’s the main thing.“
You have been very frank about the importance of reproductive rights. Are you worried about Amy Coney Barrett’s likely appointment to the Supreme Court? She is called Roe vs. Wade “Barbarian” in the past, and something she has sworn to end.
I think that is complete bullshit. She does not look at the daily life of women. I’ll tell you something even better: I had my son Slash on a plan B. I took a plan B in the morning after my husband and I had unprotected sex, and we were crazy and had a good time in love. And I love my husband and I’m so glad we had this beautiful baby, but I took a plan B and it didn’t work. For people who find themselves in situations where they think they’re in love, take a plan B where the condom breaks or it’s rape, and it doesn’t work, and then they’re like, “Shit, I can’t. allow myself ”or“ I’m not ready ”, what do they do? His our body. I think no one should have an abortion at 24 weeks but 8 to 12 weeks? His your body and your choice. Plus, let’s say they abolish abortion. Are they going to take care of the children and give people money? How is it going to work?
At the end of the day, the guys have to shut up. They’ll never have kids, they don’t know what it is, and at the end of the day a lot of men are leaving anyway. They don’t have to go through pregnancy or any of that. The fact that it is a woman [Barrett] doing it is really bad, my brother. It’s just ridiculous.
I know you’ve weighed something subliminally on Instagram, but it became Kanye’s big thing – the fear of abortion. He has a very large fan base and a responsibility to those fans, and it seems odd and irresponsible to make that his own. famous cause.
I will just say that any man who does not have ovaries must be quiet. All man. I don’t care who it is. This is not your place. You cannot have children. You are not stuck with the baby. You are not stuck with pregnancy. You are not pregnant and then have to give up your baby for adoption or place him in foster care because you cannot afford a child. I have two children and I earn a lot of money, and let me tell you something: my children are dear as hell. Just for diapers alone and infant formula: a six-pack costs $ 60, and that’s okay very quick. It is not easy to afford it. Men must therefore stop controlling women’s bodies and they must shut their mouths. The guys say, “It’s our choice too!” and at the end of the day, it doesn’t. It just isn’t.
“I don’t even know how many Ian Connor victims are currently, but there are a lot of victims, and they all have the same story – similar to Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Harvey Weinstein, and the other famous predators. ..“
All they did was shoot, really.
That’s all! It is all they did it.
I wanted to ask you another question about Kanye, and it has to do with his presidential race. He has openly admitted that he wants to cut Biden’s votes to help Trump, so what do you think of what he’s doing?
I would say … you know for me we dated 10 years ago and now i have a whole other life so i don’t watch whatever he does. Whoever votes for him will vote for him, and whoever does not. Going forward we see what Trump did in power and it wasn’t too great, so I think we all need to look at who we’re voting for and do our due diligence to determine just what that person is up to. to do if they are elected.
It’s really crazy how more attention isn’t being paid to the fact that 23 women have accused President Trump of sexual harassment or assault. I think this is a pretty damning indictment against the media and the public.
I think as a society, down through the generations, we’ve been conditioned to allow men to get away with a lot of bullshit. Have you ever watched Mad Men, and how is there sexual harassment all over this show? They’re trying to show you that in the 60s you could slap a secretary and it wouldn’t hurt, but now more people are realizing that it’s not OK. And the Trump thing is crazy for me too. And there are a lot of female Trump supporters out there, and I’ll never fully understand that. I think they imitate their husbands or are conditioned to say, “Oh, this is a locker room conversation” or “She got into that position.”
It sounds like internalized misogyny.
One hundred percent.
What is the future of SlutWalk in the era of COVID?
I try to think of cool things every day. My husband, AE, he’s very creative, so I asked him how I could do something digitally while having an impact because we really can’t do anything like this in California until there is a vaccine. . I really want to do something digitally with SlutWalk. For sure.
And you’re still pushing around and wearing a lot of hats. What else is cooking?
OnlyFans is just the first of a lot of things I’m going out. But I don’t want to talk about other things until they’re ready. So you’re going to have to stay tuned.
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