Get ready, because Amber Rose is days away from the launch of this weekend's The Amber Rose SlutWalk, currently in its fourth year. And the TV personality and activist hopes that this year's event, which has grown from a grassroots campaign existing on the fringe to a full-fledged, celebrity-attended event, will shed light on her activism and social causes that are important to her. Those causes include "empowering women [and] LGBTQ+ community while ending sexual injustice, derogatory labeling [and] gender inequality," among other key issues.
The SlutWalk will take place on October 6 in Los Angeles, and Amber notes, "The core mission of the SlutWalk is to uplift, empower and enhance the platform of women across the globe. With the help of your donation, we are able to provide therapy and professional help to those who have been affected by rape/sexual abuse and much more. One of the most rewarding things about this event is getting to witness people coming together and supporting one another. PLEASE help donate to this amazing event- the more money raised, the more help we can provide to victims and the better we can pull off the largest SlutWalk event in history."
The Daily Dish spoke to Amber via email about how the SlutWalk has evolved, and how she hopes her mission will help to make the world a little better and more tolerant. Oh, yeah, she also showed nothing but love for equally-outspoken Vanderpump Rules SURVer, Lala Kent, who attended the event in 2016 (more from Lala on feminism above).
Check out the full interview with Amber, below.
What should we expect from this year’s event?
Amber Rose: This year we are bringing out the activist in every attendee. We hope we inspire and ignite change with all the different performances, vendors, activations and guests. Each year the event grows, and this year will be larger than ever before. Attendees should come prepared to have fun! They will be able to experience total body empowerment in The Playroom, register to vote with the LA County Registrar-Recorder, take advantage of free services like STD testing and counseling, view live graffiti from local artists, participate in the Clothesline Project to raise awareness to the issue of violence against women, men, and children, and much more.
How have you seen the event evolve?
When we first started, about 2,500 people showed up and we had no sponsors. The only coverage we received for the event was scrutiny. Now we have thousands of people from all walks of life come out to support each other and raise awareness. We have sponsors reaching out to us, and different groups and people who extend a helping hand wherever they can. It has changed from constantly defending the mission and explaining the why to now people understanding and recognizing the change that needs to happen.
How do you make sure the message stays fresh every year?
Each year we look to partner with different groups and activate in new ways. This year with the midterms being so close, we thought it would be perfect to partner with Respect My Vote! so the inspiration and message extends beyond just the SlutWalk.
What is this year’s message and what should people take away from it?
This year’s message is building upon all the previous years as we continue to grow and have more support. The overall mission is to empower and encourage change in the community and our society. This year we partnered with Respect my Vote! to exercise activism beyond the SlutWalk by voting. We want people to know that it doesn’t end with an event but is something we have to continue to talk about beyond the Amber Rose SlutWalk.
Female and general human rights empowerment is everywhere right now. Do you feel like you helped to open up this conversation with the SlutWalk?
When I started SlutWalk, everyone was like, “What are you doing? You’re a slut. Put clothes on.” But I knew the mission was important and wanted to help every woman that has ever been slut-shamed. I definitely helped open the conversation with the SlutWalk and continue to every year. I helped people become more comfortable talking about these hard issues and have used my platform to make this conversation larger and louder.
Being that this interview is for Bravo, Lala Kent from Vanderpump Rules has appeared at the event — why does she represent the message so well?
Lala Kent represents the message so well because she is constantly being criticized on the show for who she is and misrepresented. She was slut shamed before she was able to tell her story or create her own image. She stands up for herself and doesn’t allow others to dictate her body even in the public eye. She made the statement that you can choose to speak up for what you believe in and stand your ground even when people don’t get it.
Who would be the dream celeb to have appear at the event and get the message out there?
My dream celebrity would be Madonna.
As a mom to a little boy [Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, 5, with ex, rapper Wiz Khalifa], what do you hope he takes away from your activism?
I raise my son to treat everyone equally, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, or status. I hope he sees the impact and lives his life with an open mind. Most importantly, I hope he learns the fundamentals of how to treat others with respect — including what exactly consent is and how anyone can be who they want to be.
Check out more from Amber about her activism, below.