The author and model told Paper magazine she considers her Slut Walk to be a success because of the diverse women who were in attendance.
“I was really glad that my Slut Walk was extremely diverse. There were all types of women from all walks of life there… That would be the main thing for me…really just try to take the racism out of feminism for our generation,” she told the magazine in their ‘Fandemonium’ issue.
Rose, who posed as various feminist icons, says she has experienced sexism since grade school. She recalls an incident when her eighth grade classmate told her to get on her knees.
“That young, I didn’t know what [that] meant. It just didn’t register. But he’s like, ‘No, no, I’m telling you, get down on your knees. I’ll show you something.’ And then he just opens the door, right? And I look over at him and he has his penis in my face, I’m on my knees — and still, girl, I swear to God, I swear on my son’s life, it still didn’t register to me why they were all gasping. I was so young. I fell into a depression. Everyone hated me. I was the school slut.”
As an adult she continues to fight the sexist comments made about her.
“I would look on [ex-husband Wiz Khalifa’s] Instagram and he would have pictures of all these women all over him…and then I would post a picture of me and my son. And people would be like, ‘Does your son know that his mother’s a whore?’ People are like, ‘Wiz is out f–king mad bad bitches and you’re at home crying over him because he’s the best thing that f–king ever happened to you and now you’re just a fat, bald-headed single mother and no one will ever love you.’ So yeah, I guess months of seeing sh-t like that, I was just like, ‘I can’t live like this. There’s something wrong.'”
That’s when she really got involved in the feminist movement. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s issues, and organized L.A.’s first Slut Walk.
The 34-year-old celebrated her achievements in the magazine’s ‘Fandemonium’ photo shoot by posing as Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Susan B Anthony, Marlene Dietrich and more.
Check out the inspiring snapshots!