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