Amber Rose has some good financial advice for future female entrepreneurs in her new book, How to Be a Bad Bitch.
“I feel like I’m in a position to give advice to women because I’ve made all of these mistakes,” Rose told TIME.
She later opened up about one of the biggest financial mistakes she made when she began to earn a significant amount of money.
“I wanna say I made $1 million in 2011—and I spent all of it. And then after that, I had to pay taxes, and I did not have money for the taxes, and I was like, ‘I cannot believe I did this.’ And I really had to start over … I know a whole lot of people that don’t pay taxes. And it comes back to bite you in the ass. Trust me. So I did pay all my taxes off, and I feel amazing now, but it took a lot of hard work.”
Rose explained that her humble background, starting out as an exotic dancer, helped prepare her for doing business.
“Being a dancer definitely was like being in business school,” she said, “because I constantly spoke to people. I mean, I literally had to persuade a man to give me money out of his pocket. And I apply that to my daily life. Even getting a book, you have to have an initial meeting—Hi, Simon and Schuster!—with the publisher, and you have to sell yourself.”
Rose also says that women need to use their seductive skill to get money from their boyfriends or significant others.
“A lot of women don’t know how to seduce a man. It is extremely easy once you get to that point, and you can get anything you want out of them. It’s not using a man, it’s literally getting what you want by any means necessary.”
As for people who doubt her claim to be a good financial role model, Rose said that many of her critics were just falling back on old sexist rhetoric.
“I am a mogul. I have a bunch of businesses, I’m now an actress, I’m an author, I went on an entire world tour and I don’t even sing. So if that doesn’t tell you that I am an entrepreneur, then I don’t know what does.”
“The fact that I was a stripper does not take away the fact that I’m smart, that I am witty, that I am capable of running my own business,” she said. “There’s famous guys that were drug dealers back in the day, and no one ever brings up that fact. But as a woman, they bring up the fact that I was a hustler. And it’s extremely unfair, and I just don’t tolerate it.”