Amber Rose first stepped into the mainstream by her then-boyfriend Kanye West’s side. With a shaved head, affinity for wearing sunglasses indoors, and outfits that celebrated her curves, she didn’t just stand out from everyone in the entertainment industry—she shined. And as we all came to realize, her appearance, though a statement in itself, is likely the least interesting thing about Rose.
In the past few years, Rose has become one of our generation’s most outspoken feminists. She has talked about working as a stripper to support her family, and how her past profession doesn’t define her. She has schooled grown men Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run on the meaning of consent. She started SlutWalk as a stand against sexual violence and victim-blaming. She utilized the MTV VMAs to bring attention to the issue of slut-shaming and reclaim words like “bitch,” “hoe,” “whore,” and “gold digger.” In nearly every statement she makes, she points out society’s double standards and issues of gender inequality.
While some continue to pigeonhole her as some rapper’s ex, it’s time to start celebrating her as the MUVA that she is. Because while she’s threatening Hollywood’s uniformity, she’s also dropping some serious gems of advice. Flip through the gallery below to see some of her greatest quips about self-esteem, owning your sexuality, and brushing off the critics.