12 Important Looks & Messages From The Amber Rose Slut Walk

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Model Amber Rose attends The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Amber Rose's online crusade against slut shaming took the fight to the streets of Los Angeles on Oct. 3 for her first edition of Amber Rose Slut Walk. The event drew thousands of supporters in, including a slew of celebrities who were more than ready to support Rose's cause, such as Matt McGorry and Tess Holliday. 

The event was hosted by Amber Rose's non-profit organization, The Amber Rose Foundation, which aims to uplift and empower women, according to its website. Although this was Amber Rose's first time organizing the event, there have been more than 200 SlutWalks across the world since the movement was organized in Toronto in 2011. It was first developed in response to the victim blaming, slut shaming, and policing surrounding women who were victims of sexual assault, rape, and harassment, and in particular to a Toronto police officer who notoriously said, "Women should avoid dressing like sluts," according to SlutWalk Toronto's About page.

In a world where women are shamed for taking selfies, there are clear societal standards for what is deemed "acceptable" behavior and dress for our gender. As someone who has been in the public eye for years, Amber Rose knows how strictly these standards are imposed on women and feminine individuals who dare to own their sexuality or dress how they please. 

Fashion and a woman's agency to wear what she chooses are irrevocably tied to the mission of SlutWalk. Although the event and its message were still misunderstood by some, this is a discussion we need to keep having. Here are 12 poignant images from Amber Rose's Slut Walk.

1. Amber Rose's Squad

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Alongside Rose were her mom, plus size model Tess Holliday, makeup artist Priscilla Ono, and fashion stylist Sammy Rexic. Noticeably missing from the event was Rose's bestie Blac Chyna, but her squad was still very strong sporting sheer and all-black looks. A special shoutout to Holliday for her sign, which reads, "Fat is not a fetish."

2. Mom Of The Year

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Earlier this year, Kanye West did an interview with The Breakfast Club in which he said, "By the way, it's very hard for a woman to want to be [with a man] who's been with Amber Rose. You know what I'm saying? I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim." In this photo, Rose's mom shuts down West's slut shaming comment once and for all. 

3. Celeb Support

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Matt McGorry of Orange Is The New Black and How To Get Away With Murder is one male celebrity who has been particularly outspoken about promoting feminism and removing the stigma associated with it. I was tickled to see that he was at the event and was interviewed by writer, activist, and TV host Janet Mock.

4. Body Positive Looks

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Body positive plus size fashion blogger Chastity Garner-Style of GarnerStyle was on hand in a hot pink sports bra shutting down all the haters. 

5. No Shame

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Los Angeles-based YouTubers Stephanie Michelle and Kelly Eden donned matching "whore" shirts from Eden's line Kitsy Kuro and posed in front of the event's Wall Of No Shame, which attendees covered with empowering messages. "Slut Walk was an important event for me to attend because I am an ex slut shamer. It took me many years to realize that I was casting judgment on women that I knew nothing about. I had a hard time not applying my own set of values and morals to others. The fact is, there is no right or wrong way to be a woman," Michelle tells me via e-mail. 

6. Grown Woman

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Indie brand Woman's Touch Apparel opened its runway show with a choreographed dance. Models sported shirts with messages such as "Grown Woman" and "Bad Ass Chick." This preview photo from the brand sparked a lot of discussion in anticipation of the event. 

7. Just Say No To Slut Shaming

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Not only do I love this '90s inspired choker/button front skirt look, but the message of her sign that reads, "There is no slut shaming this slut," is one that never gets dated. 

8. A Family Affair

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Violence and harassment against women don't just affect the victim. They create a ripple effect that can be difficult for one's entire support system. This message from Alma Rose about her sister is one I could definitely identify with. 

9. All Abilities

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In an article with Fusion, Cory's image and words made an important statement: "People forget that women with disabilities are also called sluts. We have to be part of this conversation because we’re always erased from the community. People assume that because someone is in a wheelchair or they have an invisible disability they don’t have sex or don’t have men cat calling. It’s ridiculous what men think they can do just because we’re disabled."

10. Don't Tell Me How To Dress

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This co-ord crop top and short set pairs perfectly with the sign that reads "Don't Tell Me How To Dress," a message that I definitely consider very necessary as a visible fat person. 

11. End Dresscrimination 

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I've never seen anyone use the word "Dresscrimination" before, but when I saw this sign and the corresponding looks, I instantly got it. 

12. Support Sexual Beings 

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I love the camo knee-high boots paired with the patterned tights in this look, and the caption also sends a strong message against slut shaming and why this event is necessary. 

These were just a few of the shining moments of Amber Rose's first Slut Walk. Here's to many more.

Image: zilla308/Instagram 

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