This is what it looks like when you log off of Instagram and log into the real world to make a difference.
Or at least try to anyway. Social media activists are the new generation's more convenient way of standing for something, without actually standing. Hashtag campaigns behind names accompanied by varying memes is how some people contribute to raising awareness while steering clear of the work it takes to actually hit the pavement. Not that anything is wrong with using your Tweets to fight by way of a couple one-hitter-Twitters, after all, every part matters.
But Amber did things a little differently. Opening up in a recent spread for Paper Magazine, Amber Rose reveals that it wasn't long ago that she herself was a "slut-shamer, completely." However, all of that changed when the shame came her way.
After the separation from her husband caused her (in the eyes of some) to be demoted from wife to simply just "Wiz baby moms," she was hit with a mean tweet-streak of comments that caught her attention- and not in a good way:
"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 f-cking mad bad b-tches and you're at home crying over him because he's the best thing that f*cking ever happened to you and now you're just a fat, bald-headed single mother and no one will ever love you.'"
After taking in the crushing pain of the hate and the shorter-end of the double-standard stick, Amber realized that something had to give.
"So yeah, I guess months of seeing sh*t like that, I was just like, 'I can't live like this. There's something wrong.'"
This would also be the time that Amber would come up with the idea to organize and host her first ever "Slut Walk," as well as write a sexually empowering memoir entitled How to be a Bad Bitch, both in the same year. The walk, which debuted in October, would go on to have an overwhelming turnout of former victims of sexual abuse, slut shaming and fellow female supporters alike, gathering around in everything from lingerie and stilettos with witty poster-board signs advocating for the cease and desist of all slut-disses towards misses.
The retired dancer and single mom, who says she was first deemed a slut when she was only 14 and still a virgin, would even go on to forgive her husband Wiz and ex, Kanye West, on stage at the walk, for placing labels on her and making her feel "less than" any other woman because of her past.
But of course it hasn't been easy being the face of her freshman feminism movement. Amber admits to that the notion to promote sexual equality is not one that is always understood nor accepted by older women, regardless of the fact that feminism has been around for decades:
"A lot of older women speaking negatively about [my Slut Walk online]. 'This #amberroseslutwalk is a shame. Instead of it being about defending rape victims… it's turned into these crazies wanting to be topless.'"
However, Amber still remains hopeful about some of her objective sticking to a new school of young women who can relate to her experiences:
"I guess what I want with our generation is to have it not be that way. 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... That would be the main thing for me... really just try to take the racism out of feminism for our generation."
Right on, fight on.
For the spread, Amber also drove her feminist stance home by channeling feminist icons, including Rosie the Riveter, Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steiem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes. Catch those in the Gallery!