Iggy Azalea Bares All in ‘American Beauty’-Inspired Complex Cover
If you remember her video for ‘Work’ or anytime she’s hit up a red carpet event, it’s clear that Iggy Azalea isn’t shy about showing some skin. And in the October/November issue of Complex, the Australian rapper is giving us a 2013 version of the infamous Mena Suvari flower scene in 1999’s ‘American Beauty.’
After she blonde bombshell dropped ‘Ignorant Art’ in 2011, Complex quickly took notice and fell in love with her fearless approach hip-hop.
“Since that time she’s had a romance with A$AP Rocky, inked a deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint, dropped another mixtape, called Trap Gold, and is now preparing to release her first actual album. Along the way she’s gotten some other artists’ knickers into a twist but that’s only to be expected—and Iggy ignored them all,” Complex senior editor Rob Kenner wrote — explaining why she was the magazine’s next cover star.
Talking about her childhood in Australia, touring with Nas and her past relationship with A$AP Rocky, Iggy hardly holds back and fans learn more about this up-and-comer. When asked about her thoughts on being a called out as a poser because she’s a white female rapper, she responded with the vigor and sharpness she has when she gets on the mic.
“Yeah, but it’s retarded,” she tells the magazine. “The Rolling Stones go to America, play “black” blues music, and nobody has a f—ing issue with it or thinks it’s weird. But here we are, 50 years later, in the 21st century, and people are like, “This is so weird that you’re white, from another country, and you like black music. Why is it not weird for Keith Richards or Mick Jagger, but it’s so weird and taboo for me? Do you think a kid liking my music is gonna make rap music some other thing, or that all of a sudden nobody’s gonna like Scarface?”
“If you’re mad about it and you’re a black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too,” she continues. “I’m not taking anyone’s spot, so make yourself a mixtape. Or maybe if you’re black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don’t know. Why is it such a big deal? This is the entertainment industry. It’s not politics. You should be more concerned about the message, not the voices saying it.”
The October/November issue of Complex magazine is out now.