Amber Rose Transforms Into Feminist Icons for Paper Magazine

Amber Rose Transforms Into Feminist Icons for Paper Magazine

She says troubled marriage inspired her to become a feminist.

Published December 3, 2015

(Photo: Courtesy of PAPER / Photos by Charlotte Rutherford)

You may know Amber Rose as many things: actress, author, entrepreneur... quintessential bad b---h. But the biggest title she’s carved out for herself this year is the new face of feminism. In a photo shoot featured in the new issue of Paper Magazine, Rose physically transforms herself to honor the movement’s biggest heroes.

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The photo spread comes a few months after the release her memoir, How to Be a Bad B---h, Muva’s guide to self-empowerment in the modern world. The 32-year-old still manages to exude her signature edginess as she channels a modern-day Rosie the Riveter, Pussy Riot, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Marlene Dietrich, Susan B. Anthony, and, of course, a modern shot of herself posed in a custom painted leather jacket.

(Photo: Courtesy of PAPER / Photos by Charlotte Rutherford)

The actress confesses to the magazine that before divorcing her husband, Wiz Khalifa, she was a "slut-shamer, completely."

"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?'" she says. "People are like, 'Wiz is out f-----g mad bad b-----s and you're at home crying over him because he's the best thing that f-----g 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 s**t like that, I was just like, 'I can't live like this. There's something wrong.'"

She spent the better half of 2015 denouncing sexism in a way no one else could (or would) through her social media accounts, and sometimes on the red carpet. Rose also hosted a Slut Walk down the streets of Los Angeles to further empower women to push back against negative, hurtful stereotypes.

Click here to see the full photo spread, and check out the video of Rose’s Slut Walk below:

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Written by Britt Middleton

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