Sunday saw the third annual SlutWalk hit the streets of downtown LA. Organised by Amber Rose – the shaven-headed woman best known for her fierce brand of feminism – the event welcomed around 20,000 people.
Aiming to raise awareness about sexual injustice and gender inequality, Rose arrived in a fitting superhero costume. Almost unrecognisable in a long blonde wig, the 33-year-old was dressed in a white leotard and pink sequinned cape reading ‘Captain Save a H**’ on the back.
Finishing her daring look with a pair of thigh-high blue velvet boots, Rose led the walk followed by best friend Blac Chyna.
Chyna was dressed in an even more revealing look, donning a fishnet maxi dress that showed off her itty bitty underwear.
Of course, the celebrities weren’t there to promote their wardrobes. They were there to reclaim the word ‘slut’.
In an essay written for Marie Claire, Rose spoke about how her body-shaming experiences led her to starting SlutWalk.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called a slut,” she wrote. “As soon as I came into the public eye, I was immediately criticised for everything from my behaviour to how I chose to dress. The term ‘slut’ never seemed to go away. So, I decided to take the power out of that word and reclaim it.”
She went on to talk about Donald Trump, stating how America has “elected a president who has no problem labelling women as ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs’. The literal leader of this nation says it’s okay to grab women by the p***y if you’re a man with power and influence.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of backlash from people who feel I can’t be taken seriously as an activist and feminist because the world has seen me with my clothes off,” she continued. “I think that’s a bunch of bullshit. I can absolutely call myself a feminist and post a picture of my naked body.”
“All the men who claimed my nearly-nude nude Instagram picture wasn’t empowering, and was instead just an attempt to seek attention, are likely the same men who claim victims of sexual assault are “asking for it” by wearing an outfit considered to be inappropriate. This oppressive way of thinking and victim-blaming is exactly what makes events like SlutWalk so necessary.”
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