Amber Rose wears many hats: she's a mom, an author, and the creator of her own eponymous slutwalk — an annual march in LA, California with the mission of raising awareness about sexual violence and harassment, and gender inequality. She's a fearless figure in the modern-day feminist movement who does not believe in or abide by traditional gender roles that tell women to minimize themselves and ambitions in order to be palatable to society at large. She lives her life how she sees fit. And even more inspiring, she has no qualms speaking out against naysayers who reduce her worth to her body or former romantic associations. She's so much more than meets the eye. Above all, Amber's a force to be reckoned with in all spheres of her life and professional endeavors.
Now, she’s bringing that bold and unapologetic attitude to the plus size fashion space, teaming up beloved clothing brand, Simply Be, to curate a collection of affordable womenswear called Amber Rose x Simply Be. It launches on June 20th and all of the pieces will be available up to a size US 32 (an amazing and rare achievement considering most plus lines typically usually stop at a US size 22). In total, there are 25 items from bodysuits, crop tops, and leggings to form-fitting dresses and skirts, with prices ranging from $25 to $40.
Ahead of the collection’s release, Teen Vogue caught up with Amber to talk about her contributions to the body positivity movement, how she’s raising a feminist son, and what customers can expect from this collaboration.
Teen Vogue: Why was it important to you for your Simply Be collection to be size-inclusive?__
Amber Rose: After I had my son, I was plus size. I had never been plus size before. I remember trying to find things that fit me, and it was very difficult. I've experienced both sides. There [are] girls that are plus size and I [wanted] to make sure that they feel beautiful and confident in these clothes as well. That was important.
TV: What can people expect from this collection — is there a particular theme?
AR: There [are] no patterns. I wanted to make all [of the clothes] solid colors. That was really important for me so you can mix and match the whole collection. There's nothing that you would have to try to figure out [on your own] or anything.
TV: Everything is also under $100. Why did you personally want you to create a line that was affordable?
AR: Well, I grew up very poor in Philly. I always wanted to be fashionable. I used to go to the thrift stores and stuff like that. Even now I feel like I find sales and save money and get cute things that aren't that expensive, but I really wanted to make sure that nobody was left out and everyone could really afford everything in my line.
TV: Beyond fashion, many people know and love you because you're an outspoken champion for body positivity and feminism. Do you think fashion can be used as a tool for empowerment?
AR: Absolutely, for sure. If you look all over Instagram, it's like, no matter what type of body a woman has, they're rocking [it] right now, and [in return], they're giving a lot of girls confidence. I think that's amazing.
TV: You’ve said in interviews before that you are raising your son, Sebastian, to be a feminist and respectful of all women. What does that entail?
AR: I teach my son that a woman's body is not a sexual object. It's human anatomy. I have feminine paintings all over the walls [and] pictures of naked women. My son is so used to seeing it, [so] it's not weird to him. I feel like as parents, when we talk to our children [and] make things very taboo and sexual and weird, or we're like, "No, no, no, don't look. I'm naked. Don't come in," it makes them be like, "Why? What's the big deal?" When you don't make things a big deal like that, [they are] going to fully understand that the female body is [just] human anatomy.
TV: In your opinion, what makes a confident woman or a femme-presenting person?
AR: Being confident in who they are. People are [always] like, "Amber, how do you get the perfect body?" One, I do not have a perfect body. I have cellulite all over my legs. I grew up in Philly eating cheesesteaks and pork sandwiches and culturally, I grew up very Italian eating fatty foods. I've always had cellulite. Every women in my family does. I embrace it. I have it, I'm a woman, it's natural. Guess what? It's going to be there forever, so hate it or love it, it's who I am. We all have it. I [also] have stretch marks on the side of my butt. [And] under my arms is where I work out the most because it's flabby. I'm definitely far from perfect.
TV: Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to channel that confidence but know how to?
AR: I would say you can look online [and get] inspired by girls on Instagram. There [are] a lot of body positive women on Instagram [to] really get inspired by.
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