Amber Rose has had to face negative comments about her physical appearance her entire life — and now, she might be getting them on national television as part of “Dancing With The Stars.”
On a recent episode of her Play.it podcast, “Loveline with Amber Rose,” her co-star Dr. Chris Donahue pointed out that judge Julianne Hough commentary’s on her recent salsa performance with dance partner Maks Chmerkovskiy sounded “sexually anxious and sex-phobic.”
Rose agreed, saying, "It was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks dipped me and she said, ‘Oh, I'm uncomfortable,' and I instantly felt — I did feel body shamed."
When the professional dancers on the show do similar moves, Rose added, “they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation. And for me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her feel uncomfortable."
For her part, Julianne Hough denied to E! News that her comment had anything to do with Amber Rose’s weight or body shape.
“That was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere,” she said (you certainly can’t hear it in the YouTube clip above, so there might be something to that). “My ‘uncomfortable' comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance – when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch."
Still, whether or not Hough intended to criticize anyone’s body, it’s understandable that Amber Rose would be sensitive to such comments. After all, her producers chose to giver her J. Lo’s “Booty” as a salsa number while giving her opponent, Maureen McCormick, an actual salsa song — meaning that Rose would have to work harder to blend the song’s lyrics and aesthetic into her performance while still dancing in the style she was given.
“It was a lose-lose situation.” Rose said. “If I did salsa the entire dance, they would have been like, ‘The song’s called 'Booty'! Why didn’t you shake your booty?’”
“My body is a normal woman’s body,” she added. “Most women are not built like professional ballroom dancers.”