By Toyin Owoseje | CNN
Amber Rose said her decision to tattoo her children's names on her forehead was inspired by NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The model and activist made headlines earlier this month when she debuted with the words "Bash Slash" - dedicated to her sons "Bash" (for Sebastian Taylor) and "Slash" (for Electric Alexander Edwards) - in cursive letters just below his hairline.
Appearing Wednesday in the Fox Soul series "One on One with Keyshia Cole", she highlighted the controversial way in which she honors her children.
Bryant died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California, last month.
"I don't want it to sound corny or anything, but a little after Kobe (Bryant) died, it made me think about my life," she told Cole. "I don't want people to say" Oh Kobe died and you went to get a tattoo ", but it was a bit like that. "
Rose, 36, went on to say that Bryant's death was not the only reason she was tattooed - her father's battle with cancer at the age of 40 was also a catalyst .
"He has been in remission and he is fine now but he almost died," she said. "I have wanted this tattoo for a long time and I said to myself:" You know what, life is so short, do it. Just live your best life. "
She added that she has no regrets. "This is what I felt and I am happy to have done it," she insisted.
Rose's new ink has received mixed reviews. In Tuesday's episode of her cat show in the United States, Wendy Williams questioned Rose's decision to get a tattoo on her face, saying to the audience, "Amber, you know I love you my daughter , but why would you want to ruin your forehead? "
Williams then joked that Rose can "get one of those Anna Wintour wigs and cover it up very quickly." "
Rose was not a guest on the show, but responding to criticism in an Instagram post, Rose wrote: "For the people who tell me I'm too pretty for a face, these are the same people who would tell me that I am too pretty, even if they thought I was ugly and lied to me ... or they would just tell me that I am ugly. "
She added, "Anyway, the moral of the story is to do what you want in life. "
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