Chanel West Coast is weighing in on the challenges she's faced with sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
"It's hard being a woman in this industry, period," the rapper told TooFab at Maxim's annual Halloween party. "A lot of the time, guys make you feel like you need to hook up with them - especially as an artist - producers and other artists trying to collaborate with them, they make you kinda feel sometimes you need to hook up with them or flirt with them just to make a song. It's a very horrible feeling to feel like, 'Oh, this person only wants to work with me because they're trying to have sex with me.'"
Aside from thriving in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, the 28 year old is also the only regular female cast member on MTV's "Ridiculousness." She told TooFab she's never experienced anything as "aggressive or crazy" as the seemingly endless number of women who have come forward against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but she still faces sexism and harassment regularly.
"I know what it's like to have guys make you feel like you need to flirt with them or be sexy or hook up with them or something and you don't have to do those things," she said. "You just have to be strong and stand your ground."
Her advice to female artists and women in the entertainment industry: "Don't make anybody make you feel like you need to do something, ever. Just be strong and don't let it happen."
"I think a lot of times, things like that happen to girls because they're very naive and they feel pushed into it in a way," she added. "You don't ever have to feel pushed into anything. You can push your way out of it."
Back in July, Chanel told TooFab she feels more discriminated against in the hip-hop world for her gender than for her race.
"It's hard being a woman in the hip-hop game, but I'm lucky to have good people around me who have had my back," she said. "It's actually less about race and more about being a woman. I think hip-hop doesn't give women as much of a chance as it gives guys."