Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper who has been constantly accused of appropriating black culture, is on the cover of the new issue of Marie Claire. Iggy tells the magazine that she is not afraid to act ridiculous.
“I’m a little scrappy for sure, but I like that about myself. Even with paparazzi pictures of me looking like complete shit, and people are like, ‘She should try harder,’ I’m like, no. There’s something to say about not being so contrived all the time. You should hold on to that as long as you can.”
Iggy also talks about body image.
“I hope women think, Iggy Azalea actually has a body that is relatable to my body… and you should feel fu**ing good about that,” she says.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) April 13, 2015
Iggy Azalea is one of the biggest breakout stars of the past two years. However, she has constantly been accused of “cultural appropriation,” and some say she is ripping off the African-American community. Stephanie Convery of the Guardian has defended her.
“They denounce her lyrics, alleged racist tweets and her ‘mimicry of sonic blackness.’ They also argue that she displays, at best, an uncomfortable ignorance about the complexities of race issues. But what she represents is more complex than a white girl who doesn’t think before she speaks: actually, she is the inevitable product of neoliberal capitalism, and in some ways she is much a victim of it as a culprit.”
Iggy Azalea is getting ready to debut her much-hyped duet with Britney Spears, titled “Pretty Girls.” Yahoo! News recently described the video shoot for the single.
“In a photo from the set of their new music video, Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears look like they are going full out ’80s glam for the ‘Pretty Girls’ video—crimped hair included. The song will be a part of Spears’ next album, and judging from the photo, it’s going to be a good one,” the Yahoo! story says.
They also quote Iggy Azalea talking about co-directing the video with Britney Spears.
“It’s been awesome not only getting to work with her and write this song, but being able to have something to do with the visual has been great. It’s been just an honor that she would have me do that for her.”
It remains to be seen if “Pretty Girls” will end up being a hit. Britney Spears hasn’t had a legit hit single in four years, and the cultural backlash against Iggy Azalea may hinder the effort as well. Still, Iggy Azalea has a lot of people talking, and in terms of being a pop or rap star, that’s the most important thing.
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