South Philly native Amber Rose says she comes from an area where the people “aren’t traditionally attractive,” with the model adding that she “never felt like [she] belonged there” because she “always felt bigger than the city” is.
Rose, who grew up at Broad and Ellsworth in South Philly, appeared on Revolt’s “Drink Champs” podcast earlier this month where she discussed her Philly upbringing, telling host and rapper N.O.R.E. that she comes from a “very poor neighborhood” where “being blessed with beauty…is a blessing and a curse.”
N.O.R.E., a Queens native, kicked things off by asking Rose what it was like coming up in Philadelphia, which he referred to as “the depths of hell.” The exchange starts about about 2:30 into the podcast.
“I don’t know how I can say this without sounding [expletive] up, but a lot of the people where I’m from aren’t traditionally attractive people,” Rose said. “For me, being blessed with beauty, as beautiful women know, is a blessing and a curse. To grow up in such an area and be blessed with beauty, it was very difficult for me.”
And, yes, Twitter had something to say about all this:
” I’m from a place where the people are not traditionally attractive ‘ – Amber Rose. The whole of South Philly about to catch feelings
— Your Favorite Uncle (@unclevee) July 13, 2017
amber rose saying a lot of philly chicks aren’t attractive… idk who she’s been bumping into, but i know TONS of pretty girls from the 215
— dr. h (@linnychoos) July 27, 2017
Amber rose said philly girls not as attractive as she was??? But she wasnt even cute… I’m confused.. she need to have several seats smh pic.twitter.com/zfEHjdptIY
— Jasmine (@jasmorie) July 27, 2017
So apparently Philly has no attractive women according to Amber Rose… 😭😭😭
— Chan (@MissChaneyBaby) July 17, 2017
Amber Rose said a lot of the ppl where she is from (Philly) aren’t traditionally attractive. Ma’am…
— Isabella Garcia (@DiamondFlawless) July 27, 2017
Rose went on to add that while she lived in Philly, many people refused to believe that she was a native, and that she must be “from California” because of her looks.
“They’re like, ‘Nah, you’re not from there from there,’” Rose said. “I’m like, ‘I was born and raised at Broad and Ellsworth.’”
Regardless of where she is from, however, Rose said on “Drink Champs” that she was always something of a big fish in a small pond.
“I never felt like I belonged there,” Rose said. “I always felt bigger than the city was. It wasn’t big enough for me.”
Following her upbringing in Philly, Rose said that she moved to New York City, where she was discovered and signed by Ford Models, an agency that counts models like Cindy Crawford among its former clients.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Philadelphians’ attractiveness, Rose may have a point. Residents of the city have been voted some of the least attractive people in the United States in a number of polls, most recently in a 2014 Travel + Leisure poll that ranked Philadelphians the fifth least attractive populace in America. In 2012, an Experian Marketing poll revealed that we wear more sweatpants than anyone else.
And not only are we ugly, but we’re angry. The angriest, actually, with Thrillest giving us that honor in 2016 with a note that our City of Brotherly Love moniker is little more than an “ironic nickname.”
Still, though, those designations are a step up from a 2007 T+L poll that put Philly as the number one ugliest city in America. That one stung.