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Amber Rose reveals rebellious origin of signature buzz cut

Published 19/08/2016

Amber Rose
Amber Rose

The model-turned-TV hostess is the new face of Flirt Cosmetics.

Amber Rose first got her buzz cut to rebel against the world.

The stunning model-turned-television host has sported a shaved head for over a decade and the unique hairstyle initially came about when she was a defiant teenager.

“I think that I'd definitely seen Sinéad O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' video," the 32-year-old tells Refinery29 of what motivated her to get rid of her hair. "I was inspired by her. And I grew up in Philly (Philadelphia)... (rapper) Eve was really popular (at that time), and my friends said, 'Please don’t do it, Amber, you're gonna look crazy.' And, of course, me being me, I rebelled against everyone and went straight down the middle at a barber shop. Fourteen years later, I still have it."

Although her platinum blonde buzz cut looks like it would be an easy hairstyle to maintain, that is not the case.

"The best is that once you cut and bleach it, you have a good three days of waking up and literally your hair being done," she explains of the pros, before describing the cons: "But every three days, you have to cut and bleach it, which becomes a process. It's maintenance."

Meanwhile Amber is breaking rules and innovating in whole new realms, as The Amber Rose Show hostess is now the face of makeup giant Estee Lauder's new standalone company Flirt Cosmetics.

And when discussing what she likes most about being the brand's ambassador, she touted the quality of the products.

"We have a Flashes lash applicator and it's really amazing," she gushes. "For anyone who has trouble putting on eyelashes, and I know I do, it's super-easy. There's nothing like it on the market... I think everyone has beauty in their own way, and it's all about women feeling confident in their own skin. This is a product that helps with that."

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