Iggy Azalea graces the cover of ELLE Canada and opens up about the plastic surgery procedure she has undergone. The Australian rapper also speaks out about the criticism she has received and pushes back against cyberbullies. She also poses for an alluring high-fashion photo shoot.
It’s a rare interview from the 25-year-old Aussie who has been under intense scrutiny, and involved in a number of feuds in the past year or so. While others have found success in hip-hop, notably Eminem and, more recently Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, it’s arguable that she’s had many more detractors. The latter recently name-check her in their searing ‘White Privilege II’ for cultural appropriation.
And, as a woman, she’s been targeted for her appearance, and has faced plenty of plastic surgery speculation. She is candid in the ELLE Canada interview, saying, “I think, in 2016, people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures.”
She continues, adding, “That’s just the reality. And I think more people need to admit that s— so it doesn’t have to be so taboo—because we’re all doing it anyway.”
Iggy Azalea then goes on to speak of the cosmetic procedure she underwent, saying, ““I wanted to change my nose because I didn’t grow up with a bump on it — that happened when I got smashed in the face with a soccer ball when I was 16.”
She goes on to say, “Now I feel like my nose looks the way it’s supposed to look. But for how long do we have to acknowledge that I got a nose job? For the rest of my life? Am I going to be 45 and people are still saying ‘Nice nose job’?”
She also admits that online comments and cyberbullies sometimes take a toll on her. She told the publication, “Well, I say that, but I’m only human,’ she said after revealing she won’t read comments. ‘I love talking to fans, but then you end up in some random comment section and accidentally find things that can really affect you—whether you realize it or not at the time. It’s tough.’
Now on the verge of releasing a new album, “Digital Distortion” she is hitting the promo trail. She opens up about being a white rapper and how she fits in the hip hop landscape and offers an admission, saying, ” The United States has such a fraught history with race, and I don’t think I realized how prevalent racism still is and how hurt people still are until I moved here and saw it for myself.”
She said of her own music, “I’m not going to suddenly start rapping about political matters; it’s just not what I do. There are other great people who do that, like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. I’m not here to offer that commentary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care.”
She also addresses her feuds with fellow rappers including Azealia Banks. She says, collectively of the feuds, “If I could, I would Men in Black memory-erase 2015, I totally would—that would be amazing!”
You can see the full interview here as You can see Iggy Azalea’s ELLE Canada cover and photos below.
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