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Iggy Azalea Talks Style, Signature Ponytail + What Her Movement Means for Women

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.

Putting the Iggy stamp on it! Now, one of your signatures is that high and long, blonde ponytail. You tweeted the other day: “My hair stays laaaaid!” [Laughs] Do you think you’ll keep this look or switch it up?
[Laughs] I’m going to keep it for awhile, keep it for this album, The New Classic, then after that I might take a break from the pony. Honestly, it’s really hard to have the pony all the time. It is my real hair in it, and having it in the ponytail all day long, day-after-day, it started to break my hair off. I’m like, all my hair is going to be broken off! That’s why on my days when I’m doing anything press-related, I just have my hair totally down and flopping around. Before, I never did anything to my hair, and I’m now I’m putting deep conditioning treatments in it and doing a bunch of stuff. My hair is naturally really curly, and I have to straighten the fuck out of it to get it in the ponytail. [Laughs]

The hair, the style, even the videos remind me so much of Gwen Stefani. Is it fair to say that you’re a new age, rap version of Gwen?
I’m so not mad at that because I love Gwen Stefani. I love her! If I was Gwen Stefani reincarnated, I’d be happy as fuck. You know, when I first came out people were like, ‘She wants to be Gwen Stefani.’ I don’t want to be Gwen Stefani; I don’t wanna be anyone but me, but I think she’s cool as hell, so I do not mind that comparison. She has the perfect blend of street style and high fashion.

Are you into thrifting?
I love thrifting! I’m kinda obsessed [laughs]. There’s the Santa Monica Flea Market, and then I love Pasadena's Rose Bowl [Flea Market]. I just went there last weekend. It’s the biggest flea market in America, and it is the shit! I go to get all the Tupac tour t-shirts. I took [A$AP] Rocky there with me last weekend. I saw M.I.A., my friend Jeremy Scott... Like, it’s a gold mine.

I’ll have to make that my first stop when I get to the west coast! What are the three key tips to thrifting?
Be patient. The first hour that you get there when you’re not finding stuff, you’re like, ‘This is shit. I hate it. Why did I come?’ You have to keep looking. Too, you have to have an imagination. A lot of the stuff you have to change or tailor. You have to modify almost 90 percent of the stuff you find, so you have to have an imagination. Then, really evaluate what it’s worth. ‘Cause a lot of times, you go in thinking you’re going to get everything for $20 and you kinda can overlook some stuff. Like there was this awesome Misfits jacket that we got, and it had been refurbished from the 80s. We got it for $250, and when you go thrifting, you’re not thinking of spending that much but you really have to ask yourself if you can find that again.

What movement do you think you’re directly or indirectly creating for women? You’re raw, vulgar and all these things, but some women take offense to all of that.
I feel like the women that do take offense from it, you’re probably already happy with the current state of what’s socially acceptable for a woman. I’m not really making it for you because you’re already happy with your situation and your environment, so it’s not really for you. I just think there are a lot of things that’s okay for men to say and it’s shunned upon for women and I’m not even talking about sleeping around and all that other stuff. It’s just what we want to say and being powerful. I think it’s really unfair.  Women, we have to pretend to be one way all the time or we’re crucified. It makes you scared to be like, ‘Hey, I like this.’

Your fans are calling themselves “Azaleans.” Did you come up with that?
Somebody tweeted it to me, and I’m like, I love it! It sounds like Amazon woman slash alieans. [Laughs] I’m with it! I retweeted it, and they just went crazy with it. It was the number 2 trending topic worldwide in like 20 minutes. I love it; they made it up.

That’s impact of culture. What’s the one thing you feel people should know about Amethyst, the real you?
I think people think that I’m way more serious and hard-natured when I am. I’m not. I think when you rap, and you’re a girl, you have this persona and it has to be masculine and hard because you’re competing with the boys. It’s just like if you’re playing football in a league of guys. You gotta be tough on the field, but when I’m off the field, I’m not all that tough all the time.  I’m still a girl, and I still like doing regular girl shit. And I like having a boyfriend and making crepes, watching TV.. I’m not always this super bitch, crazy rap girl. People start to idolize it so much that they forget I'm a regular person.

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The London native's urge to explore came in handy over the weekend when she performed in the brisk desert of Coachella. Inspired by artists like Rihanna and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mai helped fans enjoy the hazy sunset as she performed hits like "Trip" and her latest No. 1 song, "Shot Clock."

"It's such a good feeling, especially when it comes to radio," she shared about her track reaching No. 1 on the airplay chart. "I wasn't even sure if people listened to the radio because people have so much access to streaming platforms, but obviously having all three of my singles from my debut album, go number one on urban radio is incredible."

That energy was brought to the Coachella stage with the festival being her biggest artistic exploration so far.

"My favorite part of the performance would have to be when I performed "Naked" and because it was dark, and I performed when the sun went down, I couldn't see how far the crowd actually went back. But during "Naked," it was such an intimate moment I asked everyone to put their lights up (phones) and when I saw how far it went back I was like, "Woah." That moment sealed it for me."

"Even there were two people in the audience, I still would've done my best," she added. "But just to see the crowd be so engaged, even if they didn't know the music, was a really good feeling. I had so much fun."

As the festival energy in Indio, Calif. continued to thrive, another rested on the streets of Los Angeles following the loss of Nipsey Hussle. With the singer having ties to those close to the rapper like DJ Mustard, she says the shift in the city was hard to ignore.

"As weird as it sounds, you felt it," she said. "Even in the weather, it was super hot and then everyone got the news and it started raining. Just a weird energy shift." As a new L.A. resident, the singer says Nipsey's influence cannot be denied.

"I feel like the energy shift went both ways; everyone was really sad, grieving and mourning but everyone feels more inspired by what he was doing that they want to go out and do something and change in their community. It's still a very touchy subject in L.A., especially the people that I'm around since they were very close to him. I think everyone is super inspired to do better and try to be more like him, which is great to see. YG's whole set at Coachella was dedicated to him, I know Khalid had a dedication to Mac Miller. Everyone is super aware of what Nipsey was trying to do and how he wanted to change the world."

Engaging in The North Face's mission to explore seemed to be in the cards for Mai. Like many of us, Mai was familiar with the brand's effective coolness factor. "I remember running home and telling my mom that I needed a Jester Backpack because my cousin had one as well, and it's similar to the other stories, I wanted to be like my older cousin (laughs) so my mom ended up getting me one." But there's also the incentive to showcase the importance of stepping away from the phone screens and into leafy green forests.

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Part of that mission is ensuring Earth Day is celebrated the right way. With the support of Mai, Richardson, and Dimayuga, The North Face officially launched a petition to make Earth Day a national holiday.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

Mai hasn't hit her all of her exploration goals just yet. "I really want to go to Indonesia or Bali," she said. "That's one of my Bucket List places I really, really, really wanna go." For her essentials, the singer knows she has to bring along a windbreaker set and of course, a jester backpack. "I think the backpack is the most important thing."

In addition to a few trips around the globe, one destination includes the studio for new music. While she hasn't had time to lock down a moment to record, the inspiration is sizzling.

"When I work in the studio, I like to be like there for a good amount of time," she explains. "I like to block off two to three weeks at a time, I don't like to go to different studios and different places, it's just a comfort thing but I'm very excited to get back cause I have a lot of talk about. I've seen so many different places and met so many new people and a lot that I didn't get to experience last year."

Learn more about The North Face's petition for Earth Day here.

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“I was on a work trip recently and I thought it was about time I captured my baby bump,” she wrote. “We’re so excited! They say every pregnancy is different and they ain’t lying. Phew! I’m exhausted this go round, swirling with emotion and starving, like constantly. Feeling very blessed.”

 

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I was on a work trip recently and I thought it was about time I captured my baby bump. We’re so excited! They say every pregnancy is different and they ain’t lying. Phew! I’m exhausted this go round, swirling with emotion and starving, like constantly. Feeling very blessed. #BabyRasberry

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“Who are you calling?” I asked. He said, “the baby in Mama’s tummy”- Already in cahoots.

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We're sure B2K, Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd and the rest of the family wouldn't mind having Killmonger on the road with them. Meanwhile, the guys have brought out several special guests on the Millennium Tour. So far, surprise performances have included Ashanti, Ja Rule, Bow Wow and B5.

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