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Amber Rose hits back at shamers as she reclaims the ‘Slut Walk’

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Amber Rose used her red carpet interview at the VMAs on Sunday night to talk about more than her outfit.

The mother-of-one, who has frequently found herself the target of sexist online attacks, said that she had been “slut-shamed publicly quite a few times”. Speaking to CNN, she said this had prompted her to set up Amber Rose’s Slut Walk, her own movement against gender inequality. 

“I take a lot of punches for being a feminist and a lot of scrutiny – and that's why I have my Slut Walk,” Amber explained at the star-studded event, hosted by MTV. 

Amber Rose

Amber Rose on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs

Rose's "awareness festival", now in its second year, is a transnational protest movement calling for an end to rape culture – particularly the blaming and shaming of victims of sexual assault.

The model launched the festival in 2015 in solidarity with the original Slut Walk. Founded in Toronto in 2011, the initial protest began in response to a Canadian police officer telling a crowd of college women that “if they wanted to avoid sexual assault, they shouldn’t dress like sluts.” 



Though the fear of sexual humiliation may discourage some celebrities from posting about their body or their lifestyle, for 32-year-old Rose it only reaffirms the need to remain vocal.

She refuses to be ashamed of her previous career as an exotic dancer, dubbing it “the best time of [her] life”. And when ex-boyfriend Kanye West joked in a radio interview that he "had to take “30 showers” after their relationship, she was the first to tweet about his double standards.

Amber's Slut Walk is held in Los Angeles on 1 October and attracts thousands of women and men. The event includes speakers, artists and live DJs who help to create a positive atmosphere and open up the conversation about gender inequality and sexual discrimination. 

“It's an extreme form of bullying that we deal with as women and it's really unfortunate, but I like to be the voice to bring confidence to women and bring awareness to everyone,” Rose told the reporter. 

Men at the Slut Walk festival

Men and women at last year's Slut Walk Festival in Los Angeles

Rose said that her involvement with Slut Walk has increased the sexist trolling she receives online, but that this has only made her more determined. “I have millions of people scrutinising me and telling me I deserve to be slut-shamed. It’s made me more passionate to do what I do.”

This year, the festival organisers are encouraging people to take a “statement selfie” to stand against sexual violence and victim blaming. The photograph should be posted on social media at 11pm (GMT) on 1 October, alongside the hashtags #AmberRoseAwarenessWalk and #FloodTheFeed.

The aim is to inundate social platforms with messages of defiance, in the hope that people will be unable to ignore the ongoing sexual double standards for men and women.

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