Last update at 10 · 10 · by milo‧‧‧ One of 810
Born in Arizona, Valletta grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and endured a rough childhood. Her parents separated when Amber was two and her mother battled to keep the family afloat.
Valletta says that she draws much of her strength from her mother, who was a forceful activist, landing herself in jail on one occasion for protesting against a nuclear plant.
It was pretty scary hearing that your mom got put in jail – but I saw what it meant to fight for something you believe in. My family is matriarchal. The women are definitely the rock of the family. We call my grandmother Queen Mary.