Amber Rose says she's no stranger to being called a "slut." The model and activist has been dealing with that word’s ugly assumptions for more than 15 years, and today takes the initiative to fight the social stigma and let young women embrace their sexuality.
Rose hopes to continue the movement through "The Amber Rose Show," a weekly talk show premiering July 8 on VH1. The series, produced by Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29, will feature Rose as she discusses parenting, relationships, friendships, pop culture, race and entrepreneurship with some of her celeb friends. She chats her new VH1 talk show, this year's SlutWalk and taking over "Loveline" following a long list of male hosts.
Can you tell us more about the VH1 show?
It’s going to be really fun. We’ll have a sex therapist and we’ll talk to audience members and have callers call in to ask relationship questions. We’ll try to answer questions to best of our ability. I’m going to have celebrity guests come on and they can talk about what’s going on in their life and I will interview them as well.
Any hints as to who the celeb guests might be?
Not yet. I love the element of surprise. But it’s going to be a lot of cool people for sure.
You also recently announced that you will be taking over the syndicated radio call-in program "Loveline." How does it feel like to be the first female host?
I think it’s really wonderful and cool. I have a different perspective. It’s really cool to hear what people go through and their stories about their relationships. For listeners, they could hear what other people are going through and call in. I always bring it back to myself to see if I can relate to it. If not, I can give an educated point of view.
Did you garner any advice from the show back in the day?
Not really, no; I was very young at the time, so I guess I shouldn't have been listening to it.
Speaking of other female pioneers, what’s your relationship with Amy Schumer? You guys did “Milk Milk Lemonade,” locked lips on the MTV Movie Awards — are you friends?
We’re definitely friends, but she lives in New York and I live in L.A. so we don’t really see each other like that. When we can, we hang out — and obviously, we work together. I’ve done her show twice and did the MTV Movie Awards where I got to make out with her, which was awesome. She’s a great kisser. She’s just an all around cool and funny girl.
Will she come on your show?
I don’t know. We’ll have to see.
You were the driving force behind L.A.’s edition of the SlutWalk last October. What can we expect from this year’s event?
Well there's definitely more awareness. I did so much press for my SlutWalk and it was just very frustrating because it was mostly guys. This year one of my dear friends, French Montana, donated a percentage of the proceeds from his album to my SlutWalk. He believes in it and he understands what I’m doing for women. He has a mom and a good relationship with his family, and he wanted to jump on board and show that men can be involved as well with bringing awareness. So, thank you, French.
Do you feel like slut shaming is still an issue that’s still present today?
Slut shaming could go on forever, just like racism. So we need to change people’s minds. Not everyone can be as aware and that’s unfortunate. That’s where I come in.
It’s crazy that I’m a feminist, but my entire crew is men. I have one woman working for me and it wasn’t on purpose. It just so happens that way. I think God did that for a reason because all the men who were extreme slut shamers started working for me and now they’re all about the SlutWalk. They know proper etiquette and what not to call a woman and how to treat a woman. They live a different life now because they work with me and they’re my family. They’re enlightened.
You've said that you want a second child with Wiz Khalifa, does that mean you’re possibly going to get back together?
It’ll just take time and things can happen and if not, we have a beautiful son together. We’re going to be friends and family forever no matter what. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. We’re just going to try and see what it is.
You’ve been linked to names like Nick Young and Chris Brown, among others. Do you see any future with these men or are you strictly friends?
I’ve never dated, kissed or had sex with any of those guys. I don’t know Nick Young that well. I’ve seen him out a couple times. He seems like a good nice guy, but I really don’t know him. Chris Brown is like my brother. I did one of my first music videos with Chris Brown back in 2009. We have never been romantic at all. I hang out with a lot of guys and I’m very close to a lot of guys, and people just assume that I literally have sex with them all day and it’s not like that at all.
Don’t miss the premiere of "The Amber Rose Show" on July 8 on VH1 at 11 p.m. ET.