THESE PAST FEW YEARS have been a whirlwind for Amber Rose. The former stripper has gone from living in virtual anonymity in a small apartment in Bronx, N.Y., to sitting in the front row at Fashion Week in Paris. And she has all the tools needed—sexiness, a gift for being controversial and a willingness to overshare—to succeed in an era where Snooki lands the cover of Rolling Stone (and can demand a higher speaking rate than Toni Morrison) and Kim Kardashian is named one of NBC’s People of the Year.
She is now poised to make a killing doing things that celebrities do in 2011. Amber says she’s starring in and executive-producing her reality show, Behind Her Shades (a VH1 rep denies that her project has been given a green light); will soon debut a vintage sunglasses business; she has a talk show on XM Sirius satellite radio; a book, of course, is in the works; and club promoters everywhere from Vegas to Belize are paying her just to bask in her presence. “People all around the world pay me to come and chill with them at parties,” she says. “I really get paid a lot of money to do that. It’s mind-boggling.”
"What am I supposed to do? Crawl up in a corner and die ‘cause I’m not with Kanye anymore? Am I supposed to go back to the strip club and not take these opportunities that I have?"
Amber Rose is just as shocked as you are at her rags-to-riches story. “When me and Kanye fell in love, I never thought that I would be famous. I never heard of that before: A girl dates a guy and she becomes famous all around the world. I never thought that could happen,” she says. “I think God just knew everything that I been through in my life and He felt like I deserved this.”
Rose and West broke up in 2010, but she became an even bigger celebrity in the aftermath. She has no choice, because unlike other reality stars such as Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and the Kardashians, Amber Rose doesn’t have the comfort of being independently wealthy. She has to stay famous even if she says she doesn’t want the fame. “As far as fame, I’m not concerned with that,” she says. She thinks that viewers will relate to her story. “That’s going to be the great thing about my show. I don’t have rich parents and it’s a struggle. I can’t just call my dad and be like, ‘Dad, my money is a little messed up. Can you buy me a car or a house?’ It’s not like that for me. I feel like more people will relate to my story than the Kardashians or the Hiltons.”
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