Amber Rose's Slutwalk 2016
In case you missed it, yesterday, October 1st was the second annual Amber Rose Slutwalk, held in downtown Los Angeles. Amber Rose’s slutwalk is a day long festival meant to address issues of rape culture, equality issues as well as reclaim the word slut. This year the festival was much bigger than the previous one, bringing more light and publicity to such an important issue.
This year’s Slutwalk featured more celebrity guest appearances than last year, including faces such as Amber Rose’s own best friend, Blac Chyna, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, Angel Brinks and Scheana Shay of Vanderpump Rules. More changes between last year and this year's events include bigger sponsors such as Beats by Dre, Budweiser and an Instagram fashion line by the name of Nova.
Though Amber Rose’s Slutwalk only started last year, the first slutwalk was held in Canada in 2011. Women and men were encouraged to come to the event dressed as “slutty” as they wanted and ventured through the streets of Los Angeles with phrases such as “no consent means it’s rape,””rapists cause cape, clothes do not,” and “strippers have feelings too,” written across signs and their bodies.
The topic of slut-shaming and the word slut is something very near and dear to Amber Rose’s heart. Being that a lot of people and sources only refer to her as a former stripper, Kanye West’s ex or Wiz Khalifa’s baby mama. Many people think she is only hear past, whereas she has taken bad situations and made an actual name for herself. Amber Rose is a self-proclaimed feminist, standing up for not only herself, but those who may not have the voice to. Rose told Buzzfeed,
"It’s a level of just owning all the negativity, and just letting it come in and go right back out. I literally don’t even think about it. Perez got to that level. My dear friend Blac Chyna has got to that level. I feel like Rihanna kind of doesn’t care. You just get to a point where you’re like, man. You can say who you are until you’re blue in the face and people still won’t believe you. You just have to prove them wrong and just be great in your own life."
I fully support women being here for other women and creating a safe space for women and men to feel respected. She took something that was negative and could have brought her down, turned it around and showed everyone she is not one to play with. Keep on hustling Amber!