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Monday, 24 October 2011 00:00

Amber Rose

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos By Michael Vincent
Amber Rose is a modern-day sketch of the classic, post-WWII era pin-up girls – beautiful, curvaceous and oozing with sex appeal! And just like famous pin-ups Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Amber has joined their ranks to become a bona fide sex symbol.

"It’s weird to look at myself as that because, for me, I’m just Amber from South Philly." However, the statuesque exotic dancer turned model is pretty modest about her status. “It’s weird to look at myself as that because, for me, I’m just Amber from South Philly,” she explains. “I guess it’s pretty cool and a big compliment that men think I’m sexy.”

But it’s not only men that are enthralled by Amber’s beauty. Women gravitate to her and see her as their new definition of what beautiful is, which is a far cry from the prototypical models we see in magazines and television. “I just represent women with real curves. I have real boobs and a butt, and am all about natural beauty, which is why I think a lot of women relate to me,” Amber proudly exclaims.

Dressed in ’50s-style glam (complete with pin curls), Amber’s charismatic and bubbly personality lit up the studio and produced smiles on everyone present at the photo shoot.

Enlisted to join Amber at the shoot was Oscar Nunez’s 1956 Chevy Bel Air. This ’56 Chevy isn’t your run-of-the-mill Bel Air that was dusted off and given a shiny paint job. What started off as a clunker dug up from a car graveyard was resurrected to an immaculate American classic. This Bel Air came to the shop without a motor, interior or moldings. A frame-off restoration was necessary to bring this beauty back to life, requiring the entire vehicle to be disassembled with all parts, nuts and bolts cleaned, and all missing accessories replaced.

A three-year restoration project, the ’56 Chevy kept its nostalgic exterior, but also received modern upgrades to keep up with the times. A sophisticated 4-link rear suspension, LS1 Corvette motor transplant, Baer big brake kit and a set of 20-inch/22-inch Forgiato Ritorno forged wheels wrapped in Toyo Tires, were some of the modifications done to revitalize the Bel Air. It seems like this classic beauty will never show her age.

Despite such elaborate modifications, it was the Bel Air’s radiating two-tone House of Kolor Root Beer Brown with Tangelo Orange paint scheme that our personal pin-up for the day loved most. After the shoot, she hopped in the driver’s seat to take it out for a spin. “It was like driving around in a boat,” she gushes. “This is definitely a car you’d want to cruise Hollywood in! I was a bit scared to drive it at first because I didn’t want to mess it up or anything…but the whole experience was the sh*t!”

The former East Coast native and now Angeleno also gave us the lowdown on her dream car, a ’64 or ’67 Lincoln Continental, which she has yet to get her hands on now that she’s in a driving city like L.A. “Once my life settles down a bit, I’m gonna get an ill whip like a Continental. I’ve always loved that car since I was a little girl. I used to watch West Coast music videos like Dr. Dre and Ice Cube with all their old school rides and knew I’d get myself a fly ride that would be different from what you normally see on the streets. You don’t see that in Philly, so I was, like, ‘When I get older, I’m going to get me one of those hot cars.’ But I wanted one in bright pink back then; now I’ll take one in black. But I have to admit; I’m also feeling Oscar’s Bel Air. I love big cars!”

Amber’s schedule has become a bit chaotic since immersing herself in various projects. In typical Hollywood fashion, Amber has already landed her first acting role in a Sci-Fi thriller and is also filming a reality show—where she’s out to show the world who the real Amber Rose is despite many misconceptions flying around about her persona in the media.

Amber Rose

Everybody knows about her high-profile relationship with one of hip-hop’s biggest names, which brought about many headlines referencing her as a fame chaser. “Really, fame isn’t my goal in life,” she asserts. “It isn’t a drug for me and was just something that came along. But I don’t need fame; I just like to do what I like to do and if things happen, great. If not, oh well. It wasn’t something planned or anything.”

In fact, everything in Amber’s life has been unplanned. Her rags-to-riches story began when an agent in NYC approached her about being in music videos. Not really into it at first, she decided to take on one job, which later led to cameos in numerous videos, including Young Jeezy’s “Vacation,” Ludacris’ “What Them Girls Like,” “Fabolous’ “You be Killin’ Em” and more. While a great launching pad for her modeling career that blossomed when she signed with Ford Modeling Agency, you won’t see her in any more videos unless it’s for her boyfriend, rapper Wiz Khalifa—who has been a huge inspiration as she adjusts to her newfound celebrity status.

"I want to do things that make me happy,” Amber says about all her projects. “I’m not out to be a big Hollywood actress, the next big singer or anything like that. I just want to be a successful entrepreneur and mogul and just keep building my brand." “He makes me happy and also teaches me a lot and always says, ‘Babe, the only thing that matters is that you have people that love you, so the people that hate or judge you don’t matter because you have genuine people around you who love you and know who you are.’ And that’s how I live life now.”

Aside from her big screen and TV endeavors, Amber is also recording tracks for an upcoming album she plans on releasing when the time “feels right.” She’s also hosting her own show on Jamie Foxx’s “Foxxhole Radio” on Sirius/XM radio with a couple of girlfriends, as they “shoot the sh*t” on women’s topics. But that’s not all, as the ambitious model looks to launch a sunglasses and make-up line in the near future.

“I want to do things that make me happy,” Amber says about all her projects. “I’m not out to be a big Hollywood actress, the next big singer or anything like that. I just want to be a successful entrepreneur and mogul and just keep building my brand.”

As she builds her brand, Amber would also like to inspire young fans she tenderly calls her “rose buds.” “I struggled growing up,” she reveals. “I was a stripper at 15, I’ve been homeless and have been through a lot of sh*t. I want to empower and inspire young girls and don’t want them to live the same life I had. I don’t want to tell them, ‘Be like me and date somebody who’s super famous, and then you’ll become famous, and your life will be okay.’ It’s not really like that in reality, you know? What happened to me was one in a billion, and it all happened by chance. I want my fame to be a positive impact and be used for good, which is why I’m working hard and still being real while doing it all.”

While Amber may embody the essence of a retro pin-up with a present-day twist, she’s not going to let that define her and is out to expand her image into a fortified brand to inspire an entirely new generation of pin-up girls.