Amber Rose

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Amber Rose
Amber Rose - 2014 People Magazine Awards (cropped).jpg
Rose at the People magazine
awards in December 2014
Born Amber Levonchuck
(1983-10-21) October 21, 1983 (age 33)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Model
  • actress
  • talk show host
  • entrepreneur
  • female advocate
  • former exotic dancer
Spouse(s) Wiz Khalifa (m. 2011–15)
Children 1
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Natural brunette (dyed blonde with buzz cut)
Eye color Brown
Manager Nick Cannon (N'Credible Entertainment)

Amber Rose (born Amber Levonchuck; October 21, 1983),[1] is an American model, actress, and fashion designer.

Early life[edit]

Amber Levonchuck was born on October 21, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to father Michael Levonchuck, and her mother, Dorothy Rose.[1] Her father is of Irish and Italian descent[2] and her mother is of Cape Verdean and maternal Scottish descent from Ayrshire.[3][1][4] She has one brother named Antonio Hewlett.[5] Rose grew up in South Philadelphia.[6]

At the age of 15, Amber Rose began stripping, under the pseudonym "Paris" to provide for her family after the divorce of her parents.[2][7]

Modeling career[edit]

Rose's appearance in Young Jeezy’s “Put on” video in 2008 caught the attention of Kanye West;[8] Rose then gained more exposure after posing for a Louis Vuitton print advertisement featuring West's sneaker line.[9] Rose walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for "Celestino," Rose has also made cameos in music videos such as Nicki Minaj's "Massive Attack," Young Jeezy's "Vacation," Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep," Fabolous' "You Be Killin' Em," and Ludacris' "What Them Girls Like."[10] She was signed with modeling agency Ford Models from 2009 to 2010.[11]

In 2010, she appeared in Russell Simmons' reality show about his two assistants, "Running Russell Simmons". She also starred in a PSA by NOH8 Campaign.[12] In 2011, Amber Rose was a guest judge on Season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race. She was also a judge on Season 2 of Master of the Mix. In November 2011, she became the spokesperson for Smirnoff and appeared in television ads and billboards for the company's new flavors Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow.[13]

Musical pursuits[edit]

Rose released her debut single "Fame", which features Wiz Khalifa, in January 10, 2012,[14] followed by a second single, titled "Loaded", released on February 6, 2012.[15] She then appeared in the eleventh track of her ex-husband's album O.N.I.F.C., titled "Rise Above", along with rappers Tuki Carter and Pharrell Williams, who produced the song.[16] She was managed by Leticia "Tish" Cyrus, mother of singer Miley Cyrus, who is a close friend to Rose and her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa.[17]

Business endeavors[edit]

In September 2009, Rose announced plans to launch her own eyewear line. In 2012, Rose opened a clothing line with her friend Priscilla Ono called Rose & Ono.[2][18]

Rose guest-starred on an episode of Wild 'N Out on MTV2, and had a role as "MaryWanna" in the film School Dance, which was directed by her manager, Nick Cannon in 2014.[19]

Simon & Schuster published her first book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, in which she offers advice and personal anecdotes on everything from finances and career to love and fashion. The cover features an image shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle.[20]

In 2015, Amber Rose filmed, "Walk Of No Shame with Amber Rose," with Funny or Die.[21] The viral video helped promote Amber Rose's SlutWalk, which took place on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.[22]

In March 2016, Rose launched an emoji app called MuvaMoji,[23] featuring 900 emoji icons that she curated. Upon release, it shot to No. 1 on the App Store charts. She earned $4 million USD from the app.[24]

In May 2016, it was announced that Rose would star in her own talk show entitled The Amber Rose Show on VH1,[25] which debuted on July 8, 2016.[26]

On September 8, 2016, Rose began hosting Loveline.[27]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On August 30, 2016, Rose was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.[28] They were eliminated on October 17 and finished in 9th place.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Rose was spotted by rapper Kanye West in the music video "What Them Girls Like." They then began a romantic relationship that lasted from 2008 to 2010.[30] Rose began dating rapper Wiz Khalifa in early 2011. The couple got engaged on March 1, 2012,[31] and married on July 8, 2013.[32] Their son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz was born on February 21, 2013.[33] Rose, Khalifa, and their son divided their time between homes in Los Angeles and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.[34][35][36] Rose filed for divorce from Khalifa on September 22, 2014, citing irreconcilable differences and planned to take full custody of their son Sebastian.[37] As of 2015, Rose and Khalifa have joint custody of their son.[38]

In 2009, in regard to her sexual orientation, Rose stated, "I'm extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man. As far as humans go, I definitely find beauty in everybody, whether they're heavy-set, super-skinny, if they're white, black, Indian, Asian, Spanish. I can see beauty in anybody. If I see a woman and I think she's beautiful and I like her, and she likes me back we can definitely try to be in a relationship together."[39]


On October 3, 2015, Rose led the L.A.-based SlutWalk to honor all women who have been judged and demeaned for their sexual behavior. As part of the event, Rose spoke publicly about the instances of shaming she has experienced, specifically mentioning an incident at the age of 14, when a friend allegedly pulled his genitals out while in a closet with her playing the kissing game "7 Minutes in the Closet". Rose claimed he tricked her into kneeling down in front of him, then threw open the closet door for all of their friends to see, suggesting oral sex had taken place. Rose grew visibly emotional while speaking about the bullying that followed, demonstrating the depth of the trauma the experience caused.[40]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 A Haunting Jessie 1 episode
2008 Better Off Alone Jennifer Short Film
2010 The Hills Herself
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest Judge
2011–12 Master of the Mix Judge
2012 Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation Tara X Film
2014 School Dance MaryWanna Film
2014 Selfie Fit Brit TV series
2015 Sister Code Lexi Film
2015 Black-ish Dominique 1 episode
2016 Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself TV series
2016–present The Amber Rose Show Herself
2016 Dancing with the Stars Herself/Contestant Season 23


  1. ^ a b c "Amber Rose > Full Biography". VH1. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rose&Ono". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Amber Rose searches her ancestry". 
  4. ^ "Amber Rose sexuality". July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amber Rose Hosts TAO BEACH". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ponce, Gina (June 15, 2010). "Coming up Rose". YRB. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kanye West's ex Amber Rose says she was a stripper at age 15". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Amber Rose: A brief history on the bald and the beautiful
  9. ^ Rose Disrobes for LV advertisements
  10. ^ "Rap Up". Rap Up. March 16, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ford No Longer Represents Amber Rose". New York Magazine. December 17, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "NOH8 Campaign PSA No. 3 I am Human". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Amber Rose In Smirnoff Vodka Commercial (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Amber Rose Readies First Single with Wiz Khalifa". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Amber Rose – Loaded". youtube. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Rise Above (feat. Pharrell, Tuki Carter & Amber Rose)". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose sat down for their first interview as husband and wife". August 29, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Amber Rose and Priscilla Ono". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Wild N Out Season 6 Ep 10 – Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa". Youtube. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Amber Rose Reveals "How To Be A Bad Bitch" Book Cover". June 7, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Walk Of No Shame with Amber Rose". Funny Or Die. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Amber Rose's SlutWalk sparks debate". CNN. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Amber Rose Releases MuvaMoji App". March 31, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Amber Rose Rakes in $4 Million From MuvaMoji App". April 1, 2016. 
  25. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (May 23, 2016). "TV News Roundup: 'Real Housewives of Orange County,' 'Amber Rose Show' Set Premiere Dates". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  26. ^ McGloster, Niki (July 8, 2016). "Amber Rose new tv show". Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (September 8, 2016). "Exclusive: Amber Rose Taking Over Iconic 'Loveline' Franchise With New Podcast: 'I Don't Hold Anything Back'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ "'DWTS' 2016 Celebrity Cast Revealed: Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose, Rick Perry Among Star Lineup". Good Morning America: Yahoo. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ Kubicek, John (October 17, 2016). "'Dancing with the Stars' Live Blog: Latin Night with Pitbull and One Couple Goes Home". BuddyTV. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Amber Rose – a star is 'shorn'". New York Post. 
  31. ^ Christie D'Zurilla (March 2, 2012). "Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa engaged; 'Love Is Everywhere'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Tie the Knot". Billboard. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Welcome Son Sebastian Taylor". People. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Buys House in Pennsylvania for nearly $1M". Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  35. ^ "So What He Bought a House? Wiz Khalifa Digs Into Pittsburgh 'Burbs". March 28, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Wiz Khalifa buys $900K home for fiancee Amber Rose". March 29, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ Corriston, Michele (September 24, 2014). "Amber Rose Is Divorcing Wiz Khalifa". People. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  38. ^ Claire Rutter (March 29, 2015). "Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa 'settle for joint custody over son Sebastian'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  39. ^ Jamie Murnane (August 13, 2009). "Amber Rose addresses all of the rumors". Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  40. ^ "18 Statements Made During Amber Rose's First Annual Slut Walk | xoNECOLE". October 3, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 

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