Amber Rose Calls Herself a ‘Feminist Monster,’ Recalls Stripper Past

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Amber Rose may be a self-proclaimed “bad bitch” these days, but the model admits she’s never always been this confident.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan, the 31-year-old says learning to deal with haters and clapping back at her critics made her become who she is today. Rose, who tripled in followers on Instagram ever since she called Kylie Jenner a “baby” for dating Tyga, attributes her new attitude to social media.

“I think the turning point was when I just stopped giving a fuck about what people say,” she tells the publication. “One day, I just woke up and I was like, ‘You know what? I can’t sit around and stress anymore about the Internet and what people say about me. I just gotta do me.'”

“I was always about girl power, but I didn’t quite get it because I did always feel like I had to be completely submissive to a man. I was always very unhappy doing that,” she explains. “I think I needed time to grow up. You get to a certain point in your life where you really find out who you are, and sometimes that happens when you’re 25, but for me, it was 31. I didn’t quite know that before. I guess social media did help create the feminist monster that I’ve become.”

While the Kardashian kamp camp continue to use Rose’s past as a stripper to slut-shame her, the mom-of-one thinks being a former exotic dancer has made her a stronger person.

“I was very, very young,” she says of her first time dancing at the age of 15. “I did it and I was like, ‘Oh, hell no, I cannot do this.’ I was a kid. I think I was still a virgin at the time. Being onstage with my boobs out, it was like, ‘Oh my god, this is not for me.'”

Explaining that she grew up “very poor” and that “life took me in a different way,” Rose says she eventually became more comfortable with her body and went back to stripping at 18, making it a career that lasted for the next seven years.

“Oh my god, I had so much fun. I really did,” she recalls. “All the girls were really cool. The guys weren’t allowed to touch you. I was never sexually assaulted or [anything]. I was young, beautiful, I was onstage, I wasn’t really ashamed of my body. I made lifelong friends.”