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Amber Rose Breaks the Internet Channeling Feminists Icons for PAPER Magazine

Avatar • Dec 4, 2015

PAPER Magazine just released its second “break the internet” issue with a collection of photos titled, #Fandemonium. The magazine had model and author Amber Rose channel several feminist icons including Rosie the Riveter, Pussy Riot, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Marlene Dietrich, Susan B. Anthony, and of course herself.

Amber Rose as Rosie the Riveter.

Amber Rose as Rosie the Riveter.

Amber Rose as Pussy Riot.

Amber Rose as Pussy Riot.

Amber Rose as Pussy Riot.

Amber Rose as Pussy Riot.

Amber Rose as Marlene Dietrich.

Amber Rose as Marlene Dietrich.

Amber Rose as Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes.

Amber Rose as Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes.

Amber Rose as Susan B. Anthony.

Amber Rose as Susan B. Anthony.

Amber Rose as herself.

Amber Rose as herself.

YAS!

Rose also spoke on feminism’s big race issue, with many black women being silenced and marginalized by the mainstream movement;

As she spends more time addressing these issues, as a biracial woman she’s also realized that the movement itself is still far from perfect, especially after she saw “a lot of older women speaking [negatively] about [my Slut Walk]” — as illustrated by an outpouring of Facebook comments and tweets, some even from people near her age, saying things like, “This #amberroseslutwalk is a shame. Instead of it being about defending rape victims… it’s turned into these crazies wanting to be topless.”

I guess what I want with our generation is to have it not be that way,” Rose says wistfully. “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.”

You can read the full interview at papermag.com.

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Elle P.
Elle P.
4 years ago

The photos of her as the icons of feminism look good. Granted I’m not a fan of Amber Rose. I’m into history and so for a while I didn’t think African American women really benefited much from it… I’ll just see what everyone else has to say…

Dana Brown
Dana Brown
4 years ago
Reply to  Elle P.

I’m not a fan of Amber Rose either. It’s nice that she loves herself, but you need to promote more than sexual freedom to be considered a feminist in my book. Furthermore, she’s guilty of not identifying as Black yet co-opting Black aesthetics and culture, which I am never here for.

Paper could have picked a better icon.

Junie
Junie
4 years ago

Mainstream and a lot from this generation are trying to change the movement into something very negative. What a lot of these half-naked performing artist, reality TV stars and the likes of Amber Rose, foolish extremists and self exploitation followers are doing DOES NOT represent the Real Feminist Movement and gives it a Bad Name.”–Marie Nurse Aesthetician (from Facebook)

I AGREE with this Statement.

Junie
Junie
4 years ago

“Mainstream and a lot from this generation are trying to change the movement into something very negative. What a lot of these half-naked performing artists, reality TV stars and the likes of Amber Rose, foolish extremists and self exploitation followers are doing DOES NOT represent the Real Feminist Movement and gives it a Bad Name. Too many attention seekers are treating this as a Cool Trend and a means to get away with raunchiness, low self-esteem and no self respect. Nice photo shoot though.”–Marie Nurse Aesthetician ( from Facebook ) I AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT. Feminism is a serious and old movement;… Read more »

CocoSheaNut by Ayo
CocoSheaNut by Ayo
4 years ago
Reply to  Junie

All types of social movements will always be changed and modified. No one is obligated to stick to one persons definition of feminism. As long as the basic fundamentals are the same which is promoting gender equality.

brianna
brianna
4 years ago
Reply to  Junie

Honestly people like you and the person who wrote that comment are some of the reasons why feminism was created. Feminism isn’t yours to decide on what is good and respectable and what isn’t. Feminism has always challenged common morals and been deemed “radical” and seeming to “lack self respect” since its very existence. Amber clearly pointed out that her slut walk was to bring women together and look out for one another, but instead of recognizing that, you and many other women like you criticize her form of self empowerment and deem it “bad feminism.” What exactly is the… Read more »

Dana Brown
Dana Brown
4 years ago
Reply to  brianna

Bad feminism lacks intersectionality. By continuing to co-opt Black aesthetics and culture but denying Blackness, Amber is no better than the White feminists (like Susan B. Anthony) that refused to join the fight for Black civil rights after suffrage was achieved. She’s that White girl who thinks it’s trendy to wear Bantu knots, but she calls them silly-buns, and refuses to acknowledge that the style began with Black people. She’s a famous face to slap on the movement, nothing more.

VoiceofReason
VoiceofReason
4 years ago
Reply to  Dana Brown

However intersectionality includes more than just race, it also includes gender identity and sexuality.

eljjai
eljjai
4 years ago
Reply to  brianna

Really, the reason feminism was created was so people could be as sexually free as they want? Not to better the lives of women on Earth. Damn I had it wrong all this time. Thanks for setting me straight.

MyFluffyPuffs
4 years ago
Reply to  brianna

Thank you for this comment. We are our worst critic — it’s women who perpetuate stereotypes against other women that cause the most damage. Yes, Amber made mistakes and she’s human but to call her out of her name is worse than when a man does it. Women are always harshly criticized and permanently labeled and other women accept it.

dena
dena
4 years ago

i dont really havean issue withthe afro wig even though amber doesnt identify with being black. I do appreciate her movement

laila
laila
4 years ago

YESSSSSS YESSSSS YESSSSS I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS!!!!!! I AM 110% HERE FOR THISS!!!!! before people come here with their ‘amber rose isn’t a good role model’ ‘amber rose was a stripper’ ‘amber rose is promoting promiscuity’ rubbish ‚remember that you are the one in charge of raising your kids and being role models for them not amber rose and also stop focusing on the tiniest part of her message while you purposely ignore the important bigger picture. The fact that she was a stripper before DOES NOT in any way shape or form discredit her message and what she… Read more »

eljjai
eljjai
4 years ago
Reply to  laila

Over and above all that you listed as potential gripes, Amber is promoting herself by riding the coat tails of the feminist movement. Thirsty and trifling. Time that we spend being sucked dry of attention by Amber’s fixaflat ass could be spent actually making a difference in the lievs of women all over the globe.

VoiceofReason
VoiceofReason
4 years ago
Reply to  eljjai

Who are you to define feminism? The same way that you are trying to exclude her is the same way white women did it as the problems of that women of color experience are not worth consideration, particularly in academia. To be black and feminist and/or white and feminist and/or Chicana and feminist and/or Afro-Caribe and feminist is not mutually exclusive. Other than the photos that you see of her, you really have no idea what she does philanthropically because it really doesn’t matter in the end, does it? Your opinion of her is your opinion. But as you walk… Read more »

sededed
sededed
4 years ago

She’s not even black.

eljjai
eljjai
4 years ago

So this is what feminism has beed reduced to? Dressing up and taking pictures? Struting around to bring attention to yourself not real issues that women of the world face?
What Amber Rose brings to the feminst movement is as valuable as her purchased assets. Her and Beyonce should start a club.

MyFluffyPuffs
4 years ago

Why is it some of us consider blackness to be skin color only? I mean, that’s like saying Albinos aren’t black. If your bloodline is interracial — black is black. Ambers mom is Cabo — Cape Verde is off the African coastline.

Dana Brown
Dana Brown
4 years ago
Reply to  MyFluffyPuffs

She has said before that she doesn’t identify as Black. You’re right, it’s not about the amount of Blackness in the bloodline–but I think the person should claim the identity before we label them as such.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago
Reply to  MyFluffyPuffs

Being black is defined by having a black mother and father despite skin tone. This does not apply to Amber Rose. Why any black woman would want to claim this skank is baffling and pitiful.

MyFluffyPuffs
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

But her mom is Black, so.…

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago
Reply to  MyFluffyPuffs

So what?

I believe she has a father. And from what I’ve seen he ain’t no black man. Amber doesn’t consider herself black. And she shouldn’t…she’s not.

Edges_N_Paris
4 years ago
Reply to  MyFluffyPuffs

The real question is why are you so pressed to claim someone as Black who doesn’t identify as such?

MyFluffyPuffs
4 years ago
Reply to  Edges_N_Paris

Pressed? I don’t wear a watch for a reason because I don’t have time for pettiness. Stop reaching.

MyFluffyPuffs
4 years ago
Reply to  Edges_N_Paris

What is Atlas? What is Google Maps? Cape V is 350mi from Senegal, please do some research.

VoiceofReason
VoiceofReason
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

Why must you disrespect a fellow woman? You are not in the public eye so we do not know your body count. We really don’t know Amber Rose’s either but anyway, I can’t stand when women put other women down. You act like she stole something from you.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago
Reply to  VoiceofReason

Why would I respect someone not worthy of it. She’s a woman. And? She’s nothing to look up to. Calling it like it is doesn’t mean disdain.

Rose
Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  VoiceofReason

People should never be sheep though. Why would I follow a person, male or female, whi promotes vanity, materialism, and narcissism? Amber Rose’s greatest talent is posing partially nude or fully nude. That is simply lazy to me. I don’t look up to that nor think posing naked makes you feminist. It makes you sexually loose.

Edges_N_Paris
4 years ago
Reply to  MyFluffyPuffs

Just because Cape Verde is off the African Coastline doesn’t mean that the inhabitants are Black. Amber Rose is not Black. She’s biracial.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago

Who honestly takes Amber Rose seriously? And black women what were the benefits of joining the white woman’s movement?

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

You better be grateful for the white woman’s feminist movement.…do you have a checking account? Can you attend any college you want ?.….pursue any career?.…access to birth control.….Ever heard of domestic violence?.…and on and on…without the feminist movement you couldn’t do any of this and alot more and there was no such thing as domestic violence.…like it or not the White woman’s feminist movement gave ALL women a lot of rights.….If Black women choose not to take advantage of those hard fought for rights…that’s on them.….and yes, a lot of White feminists are racists..

Annamuffin
Annamuffin
4 years ago
Reply to  lis

I think you need to read a history book… White feminist should be thanking black people, after all it was the black civil right movement that knock the door down for women and disabled people’s rights.… Please educate yourself.…

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Annamuffin

Actually, the suffragette movement(movement to get(white) women the right to vote) predates the civil rights movement.….no doubt though, Blacks agitating for their rights(reconstruction, etc)had an influence on the suffragette movement.

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Annamuffin

Forgot to add.…Black women were also apart of the suffragette movement, inspite of White woman’s racism.…which in turn influenced the participation of Black women in the civil rights movement. …Black women were on the front lines in alot of battles.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago
Reply to  lis

Hmmm. Let’s see. Black women have the highest rate of out of wedlock births and we are at the bottom of the socio-economic totem pole. Prior to believing that the white woman is our ally we had less dysfunction in our midst. BUUUT according to the deluded non-entity we’re doing sooooo much better ?

Guest
Guest
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

” Black women have the highest rate of out of wedlock births”–That’s a by-product of the welfare system and the out of work BM that skyrocketted after the civil rights movement. “we are at the bottom of the socio-economic totem pole.”–That has always been the case because we occupy TWO marginilazed space: 1 black; 2 female. “Prior to believing that the white woman is our ally we had less dysfunction in our midst.”–Lol! Not sure what you mean here, but it all depends on what “dysfunction” you’re speaking of. We had a lot of “dysfunctions” before, during and after the… Read more »

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

Are you kidding me?…Black women have the highest rate of oow births because Black men have abandoned Black women and their children…period.….and when did Black women, en mass, ever believed White women were their allies?…that is why the womanism movement came about among Black women…Womanism was the Black woman’s feminist movement and it came about because of white women and their racism.…This movement was obviously needed because contrary to what you and crackpot hoteps like to believe everything was not hunky dore amongst Black women and men back in the day…There was a lot of abuse in various ways and… Read more »

trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com
trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com
4 years ago
Reply to  lis

mostly a big lie first of all like her man black women have a career every since she stepped off of the slave ship, black women always had access to birth control which was pass down to her from her ancient Egyptians sisters, and black women had more protection from domestic violence cause when a man lay hands on her her brothers and males relative would step to him and check him where as now the state will lock her and the man up and take her children cause her and her man to lose their job, the only thing… Read more »

trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com
trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com
4 years ago
Reply to  lis

mostly not true! first of all like her man black women have a career every since she stepped off of the slave ship, black women always had access to birth control which was pass down to her from her ancient Egyptians sisters, and black women had more protection from domestic violence cause when a man lay hands on her her brothers and males relative would step to him and check him where as now the state will lock her and the man up and take her children cause her and her man to lose their job, the only thing black… Read more »

Annamuffin
Annamuffin
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

The only benefit was destruction…

lis
lis
4 years ago

Career????? Quiet dude…but since you’re here…how did feminism cause Black women to destroy their families?

Guest
Guest
4 years ago
Reply to  lis

Trust, it’ll be the same thing that’s always used–BW out wedlock birth. But I always wonder, how did the feminist movement also turn BM into sperm donors?

I haven’t gotten an answer for that one yet from the anti-feminist crowd.

lis
lis
4 years ago

And you won’t because they’re full of it and they know it.…just a lot of hotep nonsense.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago

I’m not blaming all the issues on feminism. However one can not deny that it was a key component to the destruction of the black family.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
4 years ago

Reading/research is fundamental. And as others have suggested you’re going to have to try it. Let’s take a look at Amber Rose posing as Gloria Steinem shall we. Gloria steinem was not only a CIA agent (a member of a group that dumped drugs into the black community) but a supporter of Margaret Sanger (the Eugenicist and originator of planned Parenthood). That in and of itself should should’ve raised a red flag. But if you studied you would know this. The white woman did nothing but redirect the focus of civil rights onto herself against HER man. And hence became… Read more »

lis
lis
4 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

Lord.…..a lot of hotep nonsense I won’t waste my time refuting but if you, a Black woman, I’m assuming, believes all of these Black women chose willingly and wanted to be single moms because they don’t need no man, then have a good night.

Suzanne Ennazus
Suzanne Ennazus
4 years ago

I never used to think about sexism much until I started reading online comments, where I could be reading a completely unrelated article, and there would always be at least one man whinging on about his hatred of women or feminists. What do all these newspaper articles mean when they talk about feminists? I thought they were the people who fought against abuse of women, such as women being able to vote, or not be slaves so they’re paid the same as a man. Isn’t that just normal? Why does normal need a label? Most of these articles are about… Read more »

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