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Amber Rose

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  • Eye Color
  • Hair ColorBlondes
  • Birthdate10/21/83
  • HometownPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

About Amber Rose

Hip-hop artist, model and fashion designer Amber Rose was born Amber Levonchuck on October 21, 1983 in Philadelphia. Amber grew up in South Philadelphia with her father, an American of Irish and Italian descent, who served in the military for 20 years, and her mother, who came from the African nation of Cape Verde. After her parents divorced, Amber started stripping on the sly under the name Paris at age 15, partly to raise funds to support her mother. “I was already developed,” she told the New York Post. “I looked like a young 18-year-old.”

She moved to New York and shaved her head while living in a Bronx housing project and working as a stripper. “After I shaved it, I cried for a few days, until I realized it looked dope,” she told the New York Post. “Sinead O’Connor was a bald-headed badass, and I loved her.”

A chance encounter with an agent led her to modeling. She quickly found work in music videos, with two spots for Young Jeezy (“Vacation” and “Put On”) followed by a higher-profile spot in Ludacris’ “What Them Girls Like.” The latter caught the attention of hip-hop mogul Kanye West.

Amber and Kanye became romantically as well as professionally involved. “I’d never had anyone go out and buy me a really expensive outfit,” she said. “When I told him I was an [exotic] dancer, he was like, ‘I don’t care if you’re a crackhead. I don’t care if you’re a prostitute. I just want to be with you.’ That’s what made me love him.”

Amber posed for a Louis Vuitton print ad featuring Kanye West’s sneaker line and walked the runway at New York Fashion Week. Kanye and Amber split in 2010 after Kanye became involved with reality star Kim Kardashian.

Later that year Amber appeared on Russell Simmons’ reality show about his two assistants, Running Russell Simmons. She was a guest judge on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and a judge on Season 2 of Master of the Mix. In 2011 she became the spokesperson for Smirnoff vodka.

Amber began dating rapper Wiz Khalifa in 2011 and released her first single "Fame,” featuring Wiz, the following year. Also in 2010 Amber released a second single, "Loaded,” and started her own fashion line, Rose & Ono, with friend Priscilla Ono.

Wiz and Amber married in 2013 and had a son the same year, but filed for divorce in 2014.

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