In addition to Pharrell Williams, Future, and Nas, Iggy Azalea graces the pages of GQ‘s February issue.
In between decorating the “East Coast/Hamptons–style” house that she shares with her Lakers star boyfriend Nick Young, the “Fancy” rapper opens up about her rise to superstardom and the subsequent backlash, and what she wants her legacy to be.
“You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business,” Iggy tells the magazine. “So I hope it’s long—but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time.”
But even if she doesn’t have a long career, she hopes she’s made an impact. “At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change—that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.”
“IF I HAVE A SHORT-LIVED CAREER, AT LEAST I COULD SAY I SPARKED A CHANGE—THAT I INSPIRED SOME LENIENCY IN WHAT PEOPLE ACCEPT IN HIP-HOP.”
While her haters hate, Iggy is racking up awards. The Aussie sensation has already won an MTV Video Music Award, two American Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and is nominated for four Grammys.
She credits the accolades for helping her deal with the criticism. “Awards season helps. Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue,” she says. “When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, ‘Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it.’ I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.”
“I WAS A FAN OF RAP MUSIC GROWING UP, AND I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THERE WERE ENOUGH CHARACTERS THAT REPRESENTED ME AND MY SITUATION.”
Her “Great Escape” tour, which kicks off April 14 with supporting acts Nick Jonas and Tinashe, was inspired by Xanadu, Fantasia, and Madonna’s “Confessions” tour.
“I love that tour so much,” says Iggy. “It was actually why I called up Jamie King, who’s working on the tour with me—because he left Madonna’s tour. I was like, I’ve gotta have the people that were involved in creating this. I love when the stage changes and transforms.”
And when she’s not on stage, she can be found at home watching TV and cooking chicken teriyaki, a recipe she learned from her grandmother.
“I put so much soy sauce and chicken broth in the thing and make it so potent that nobody else could possibly enjoy it! But it’s just the way I like it.”