Amber Rose’s Assistant Takes Credit for “Masterminding” Her Most Controversial Selfies

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Amber Rose's assistant Benji Carlisle revealed that he's the "mastermind" behind her controversial, racy selfies. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Benji’s got her back! Amber Rose‘s assistant Benji Carlisle revealed to Cosmopolitan.com that he’s the mysterious figure behind her racy selfies and dynamic social media presence.

“There’s not one place I don’t go with her,” Carlisle told the site. “I’m her right-hand man. I do all the daily errands like the dry-cleaning, the grocery shopping. I do tons of emails all day. I do the schedule, the calendar.” Sometimes, he helps style her, too.

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He recalled the fascinating story behind Rose’s skimpy, underwear-free look by Laurel DeWitt at the 2014 MTV VMAs. “Miss Rose was like, ‘Benji, I want to have a whole moment, I want to wear something kind of like what Rose McGowan did,'” he shared. “I was like, ‘Hmm, Rose McGowan, she had on chains. Let’s get this dress set up.’ So my friend was down to do it. We got the undergarments for it from the Internet — a metallic Swarovski G-string.”

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Amber Rose arrives with her assistant Benji Carlisle at the MTV 2014 VMAs Francis Specker/Landov

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As for Rose’s semi-NSFW monokini Instagram post from early January? Carlisle credits himself for orchestrating the magic moment. “I was like, ‘Miss Rose, baby, you can’t just go tan in that, you definitely have to take a picture.’ She’s like, ‘Really? In this?’ I’m like, ‘Yes. Miss Rose, just trust me. Let me take a couple pictures. You don’t even have to post them, this is just for you because you look so good right now,'” he shared. “I’m always encouraging… I’m usually the mastermind behind all — I can’t say all the pictures— but I’m usually the mastermind behind the photos or videos that get controversy.”

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Ultimately, Rose, 31, is in charge of what goes up on her Instagram and Twitter. “She’s in control of her own social media. But I would say I’m the cheerleader of the group,” Carlisle noted. “She never thinks about the reactions [when she tweets either]. It’s never premeditated, it’s never scheduled, we don’t have meetings, it’s not like, ‘Oh, let’s do this.'”

The same goes for her social media interactions with fellow celebrities. “If she feuds, she feuds. If she doesn’t, she doesn’t. When I tell you the negative stuff does not affect me or her … it’s like, we don’t even look at things that are negative.”

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Rose most recently duked it out (very publicly) with the Kardashian family and her ex-boyfriend Kanye West, who said he had to “take 30 showers before I got with Kim.” Rose then went on a Twitter rampage against the world-famous rapper because of his scathing comments. “After all these years I never snitched on u and I don’t plan on starting now. We once loved each other so I won’t do u like that,” she wrote in one tweet. “I’ll leave that up to the Kartrashians to humiliate u when they’re done with u.”

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Amidst the feud, Carlisle said Rose’s demeanor was cool. “She’s not crying; she’s not punching holes in the walls,” he told Cosmo. “We really don’t have time to stress or be sad or be mad because tomorrow, the next day, we have to work, we have meetings, we have a brand.”

While the rest of the world will judge, Carlisle said he’s loyal to Rose. “I love her as my family. We are a family now. Me, Amber, [her] mom, Bash, and Pauly and Franky, the dogs,” he shared. “She inspires me. She’s my mentor. Oh my gosh, I’m about to cry — I don’t know, she’s really more like a guardian angel than a boss. My focus is on her. I am looking forward to supporting Miss Rose as much as she needs me to support her, work for her ’til my grave. I’m happy.”

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