Eight years ago, an aspiring star named Amethyst Amelia Kelly, from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia, arrived in the United States with big dreams and a new name. Since then, Iggy Azalea, 24, has found her way to the top of the music charts. In a recent interview with Vogue, Azalea was markedly candid about her life and about how she handles her fame. She was also forthcoming about the breast implants she recently had done to add some top to that famous bottom.
The singer, who lives with the Lakers’ Nick Young, recalls being “obsessed” with the idea of being a child star, a desire she attributes to wanting to break into “a field without women,” and defying all odds. Her favorite artists as a child were Tupac Shakur and Missy Elliott, which spurred her on to create a rap group with two other girls and herself.
Azalea has fulfilled her childhood dream and is now a very successful female, and white, rap artist. Her breakout song, Fancy, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 2014. During the same week, Problem, on which she collaborated with Ariana Grande, hit the second position on the chart. Those two accomplishments put Azalea in a very respectable place in music history, as she joined the Beatles as the only musicians to have their first two songs reach number one and number two at the same time.
On the heels of that success, Azalea is now working on what will be her second studio album, which has been in the works since January. She is also planning a North American tour, to be followed by a world tour.
Not only is Azalea famous for her music, but she is also famous for her full, round derriere, and did a song with Jennifer Lopez (also famous for a shapely backside) called Booty. To Azalea, the hype over her bottom is much ado about nothing, lamenting that her figure, “2 or a 0 on the top, and a 6 on the bottom,” costs her plenty in tailoring. The Aussie recalls when she first arrived in the U.S. and, heeding the advice of others, tried to be a model. That career choice was no longer an option once her measurements were taken at various agencies. She recalls being told to lose weight and have her nose done, which caused her self-confidence to falter.
Her bottom-heavy figure and all of the inconveniences that came with it, such as wardrobe issues and the inability to find clothing to fit her properly, caused Azalea to do something she says she has always wanted to do. “Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!” she nonchalantly told Vogue. She added that at first she had not planned to go public with the news for fear her fans, many of whom are in their mid-teens, would lose confidence in their own selves because of their bodies. What finally made the rapper speak publicly about her breast implants was the fact that “[she] wasn’t into secret-keeping.”
Although it has only been four months since her operation to add some top to her famous bottom, Azalea has no regrets. “All of a sudden I am fabulous!” she tells Vogue, however, in an interesting juxtaposition of desires, she also confessed to the magazine that the superpower she most wants is invisibility.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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