Amber Rose has spoken out against double standards and criticised people who refer to her as a former stripper, while ignoring other high-profile celebrities who have the same background.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rose spoke about working as a stripper before launching her modelling career. Since then, she’s devoted her time to acting, modelling and feminist activism – but when she’s talked about in the media, she says she’s often slut-shamed and introduced as a former stripper.
Rose said that it’s another example of sexism and said that the same rule isn’t applied to high-profile men like Channing Tatum, who earned a living as a stripper before getting into acting.
She told The Daily Beast:
No one gives a fuck that Channing Tatum was a stripper. He’s an established actor who’s at the Vanity Fair parties and the Oscars, but for me, no matter how far I go in my life, I see these stories that keep referring to me as a ‘former stripper’. No one says ‘former stripper’ about Channing Tatum, or ‘former McDonald’s worker’ about Brad Pitt. No one does that to men.
She also shone a light on the double standard between how society views celebrities like Beyoncé, who aren’t slut-shamed for expressing their sexuality on stage, and how it views women like herself and Kim Kardashian – who she recently defended in the nude selfie scandal.
They come at me and Kim so hard because I was a stripper and she had a sex tape. We all love Beyoncé, but she’s on stage half-naked and twerking all the time, yet people say, oh, she has talent so she’s able to do that. We don’t have the talent that Beyoncé has, so we get criticized as former sex workers.
She’s made a pretty solid point. Maybe she doesn’t have the same talent of a Beyoncé or a Channing Tatum, but nothing justifies slut-shaming.