Iggy Azalea, Australian-born LA-based raptress by the birth name of Amethyst, has piqued interests with her killer body and unique style. We first got wind of the girl from Down Under by pressing play on Ignorant Art, an exploratory ‘tape that illustrates the different forces behind her music. Eclectic and bold, Iggy is a buzzing fashion goddess. You may not quite understand the rising artist’s work, but rule out her raw lyrics and unbridled rhymes for a second and hone in on her love for eye-catching Giuseppe Zanotti’s, vintage tees and eternal style icon Grace Kelly. (Don’t forget A$AP Rocky!) Put aside the fact that she’s a 21-year-old white rapper to understand that she’s, unequivocally, a dope face of an era that loves way-out-there threads which speak directly to a mixed sense of fashion. (Gaga, anyone?) High fashion with a little street edge? We’re into that. See what else the 5’10” Azalean spilled in her chat with VV. -Niki McGloster
VIBE VIXEN: “The Last Song” recently dropped. Just to start off, how do you feel right now about it?
IGGY AZALEA: I’m really happy with it. When I put “The Last Song” out and decided to do the video for it, I was a bit hesitant choosing that song ‘cause it’s not traditional. It’s just one long verse and just a little melody at the end. It’s really slow, and people are like [whiny voice] ‘It is spoken word?’ I just didn’t think it would receive the attention it did. I thought it would be something more for the fans and people that already know me and like me. Like, it got 150, 000 views [on its release day], and I’m more than happy with it. It’s done more than I thought it would already.
With previous videos, “My World” and “Pu$$y,” your style is bold and crazy, but for this visual you took the high fashion route. What designers did your rock in the vid?
All Australian designers. Sass & Bide…
Nice. That’s love.
I know, I know. Well, I still wore my Giuseppe Zanotti’s. [Laughs] I just love them; it’s sick! It’s hard trying to pull designer shoes and have them in my size. I’m 5’10’’! Designer shoes run small and a size 10 in those shoes is still tight on me. I love Giuseppe’s because they go with everything and they’re just a really solid staple show. That’s kinda why I’m always in them.
So if you could do a fashion campaign, you’d do it for Giuseppe?
For shoes, most definitely! I need some of my money back! [Laughs] You know how much money I put in that brand? I saw that Kanye is making some shoes with them. But you know what I love ‘em though? A lot of my style is really bright and kinda out there, and Giuseppe still have the chic, classic line work but then they have the bright colors and all the crazy textures and stuff. You know what I mean? It’s muted and goes with a lot of different things. It’s just easy.
Do you think when you garner a certain amount of success in music, you’ll parlay that into a fashion line?
I don’t know if I’d have my own line. I feel like I would have to do a lot more research and get into it more before I feel like I could honestly do that and not feel like I was doing a crappy job. I would love to do some collaboration with designers in the future. That would be amazing to me. But as for my own line, I don’t know. I would really have to become more of a student of fashion for me to do it. It’s like, I don’t want to disrespect. There’s so many people that are really in fashion. I’m someone who loves fashion but I don’t know shit about it compared to so many other people. I don’t wanna be like, ‘I’m a designer!’
That’s dope that you want to show respect. And staying on the topic of style, you are obsessed with Grace Kelly. It seems you love classic, simple style, but you also love the bold pops of color and print. Explain all of that.
I like classic tailoring. I think classic tailoring for women accentuates the body the best. The way the lines hit the curves, it’s just beautiful, so I will forever love classic tailoring. I love a good blazer, a good jacket or a nice pair of tailored pants, but I went through a phase where I loved it so much that it looks like I had a husband that went to the Beverly Hills golf club or something. [Laughs] But I love patterns, I love textures, I love colors, all that stuff that I think puts my personality into it. I love the 80s motorcycle jackets and mixing up different styles. Like a Karen Millen dress, but I’m fuckin’ wearing it with a motorcycle jacket.