On Saturday, October 1, Amber Rose held the second annual Amber Rose SlutWalk in Los Angeles. Thousands of people attended the event to advocate for female equality and condemn slut-shaming and rape culture. With putting an end to gender inequality on everyone's mind, Rose, celebrity guests and event supporters spoke to Vivala about their worst experience with sexism.
Rose is not ashamed of her stripper past, but people still underestimate what she's capable of.
"Just a lot of people telling me I'm not capable of being great because of my past, and that's why I just continue to be great and do big things and I don't ever let it get me down. It actually just fuels my fire."
The "American Idol" and "The Voice" alum has experienced many obstacles throughout her singing career.
"I think there are a lot of examples of sexism in my journey. I think what happened to me when I was on "American Idol" was a combination of sexism, weightism, and a little bit of racism. I think that our society is just a lot more forgiving of men being sexual beings."
Davis was a fan-favorite on Season 2 of "American Ido,l" but she was disqualified after admitting to previously taking topless photos. The show was later called out for its double standard after Season 6 contestant Antonella Barba was allowed to remain on the show despite also taking racy pics.
Tori Brixx is a model who became popular via Instagram, where she has over 2 million followers. She recently signed to Amber Rose's management company.
"I am known from Instagram and I take bikini pictures — not inviting pictures, [like] busting it open, but sexy pictures — but sexy pictures. [Since] I'm confident with my body, [people will] say, 'oh you're a slut, you never wear clothes.' For me, it's like you have to tune that out. Be yourself and be confident and be sexy and you'll get way farther."
Kat Tat is the only female tattoo artist on the show "Black Ink: Chicago." As a woman in her industry, she's definitely faced tons of criticism based on her gender.
"If a guy promotes their brand and wants to take what they're doing to the next level, it's great. But when I do it [it's a problem]. I might be doing something better than what somebody else is doing, but because I'm a woman, it's like 'oh you're not supposed to do that.' You're not supposed to be better, you're not supposed to rise above, you're supposed to stay here."
We also spoke to other women attending the event to hear how sexism has impacted them.
Chelsea, 23 (right)
"Working in the entertainment industry, being a woman – it seems like you have to work twice as hard just to get your voice heard over someone who just talks over you."
Monica, 20 (left)
"That I should be the one in the kitchen cooking. I dated a guy who was like that. And I'm like 'why can't you cook?' In my family we all cook. [We don't have] gender roles. [Men and women] should both help out in the kitchen. Why should it just be a woman?"
"I think because I'm mixed raced – I'm half Chinese, part Black, and white – there's a lot of fetishizing that goes on based on race and that's something that's pretty disgusting."
Alma Lake, 19
"I work for a big company and I found out that my male co-workers make more money than I do. That's just shocking to me because I'm doing the same job as they're doing and I'm getting paid less?!"
This Colombiana also noted that machismo among Latinos has got to go. "From Latin culture, men really want to be dominant over women, but Latinas are like 'fuck no.'"
"I'm in a high position at my job, and anybody who comes and looks for management, they come to me and say 'oh do you know where I can speak to a manager?' and I'm like, 'yeah, you're speaking to a manager right now.' Or when they see a male coworker they're like 'finally, someone who's in charge.' I'm in charge too!"