Iggy Azalea Talks Modeling, Beef with Azealia Banks, & Her Accent

Iggy Azalea

Before hitting the stage at one of her gigs in the U.K., Noisey caught up with Iggy Azalea. The blonde bombshell opened up about her accent, feud with Azealia Banks, and being told she was too fat to model.

The Australian rap diva, who moved to Atlanta when she was 16 to start a hair business, shot back at those who criticize her accent. “I don’t really have to defend myself ’cause it’s my art,” she said. “So if I wanna rap like I’m from outerspace, I can. It’s my own business.”

She addressed her much-publicized beef with fellow femcee Azealia Banks. “She’s been saying stuff to me for months. Neither her nor I were popular enough for anyone to catch on to it,” said Iggy. “I think rap is a competition [like] how people compete at sport, and this is still a sport. Everybody differs. Some people like to have friendly competition and shake hands before and after a game, and some people like to bite each other’s ears off while they’re boxing. I’m not really a dirty fighter. I just run my own race.”

Before she signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models, Iggy was approached by Elite Model Management, but was told she was “too fat” and was asked to lose four inches off her hips. “I was like, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ What would I even be? I would have to have one of my hips removed.”

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48 Comments

  1. Sharp Tongue

    She’s mad dope I wish her the best.

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  2. TeamLilKim

    love how she talks

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @TeamLilKim, Shut up! This chick is horrible. Her voice is annoying! She will never make it in this game, Sit in the back like your Has-Been fave Lil’ Kim!

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    Ant21 Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, on your period i see lol.

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    nuny Reply:

    @Ant21, LOL I know i was reading that kids comment with a screaming voice.

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    RomanReloaded Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, WAIT PAUZ ! Now You’re Wilding. I’m A Die Hard Nicki Fan Obviously but That Girl IGGY Is A Dope Ass Artist. I Want Her To Get On A Track With Nicki Minaj Real Shit !

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @RomanReloaded, Sorry to all of yah if i been hating to much… i was diagnosed with schizophrenia 2 weeks ago… And i be forgeting to take my meds…sorry yah!!! I promise ill be nicer for now on on rap up… And PLEASE if anyone see that i wrote a negative comment please recomment me and remind me to take my pills because it just means i forgot!!!!! PLEASE REMIND ME!!!!! Again im sorry!!

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    Jake Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, this is why Nicki fans piss people off. Iggy is so good, why can’t people just show her respect? Nicki is like my favourite artist ever, but that doesn’t mean I have to hate on other artists.

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    Middlefinger Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, bitch it’s really sad how u come here all the time hatin’ on everything & everybody lookin’ for so much attention, I how are mad are u tho? like u must be goin’ thru alot of shit in this your retarded life…..it’s just a pity. You can reply this if u want but It’ll not change the mess u are

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    O-o damn sneakiy Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, LOL your joking with that Shit u said. OO

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  3. #RihannaNAVi

    4 INCHES?? WTF!! Iggy’s figure is PERFECT the way it is. Other than that I am so glad that she’s come this far.

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  4. MinajRules2012

    She’s annoying and will never make it in the rap game.

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    MsMickiii Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, go take your pills

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    O-o damn sneakiy Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, your mama is annoying as well as u

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  5. bill cosby

    wtf is with the two fake moles on the bitches face in this pic? she has never had them before

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    Treyy Reply:

    @bill cosby,

    She’s ALWAYS had those. ALWAYS. where u been? lol

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  6. GG

    LOL she’s so confused! You can tell she has a complex being a white rapper – the problem is not that you’re white Iggy – its that you’re fake and untalented.
    Azealia simply called you out for your slave master lyric so how is that fighting dirty?? Bimbo – stick to modeling please.

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @GG, Azealia just as fake and untalented though. Like…

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    GG Reply:

    @Cranberry, What exactly is fake about Azealia? Does she sound Australian and try to rap WEAK lyrics with a forced American/Southern accent…gtfoh. And as for Azealia being untalented well, we wont even go there shes a rising star and her talent will speak for itself.

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    squeezyfbaby Reply:

    @GG, Exactly.
    If anything, Azealia is too honest and too much herself in a game where people are used to fakeness.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @GG, in a different interview Iggy Azalea explained that the beef between her and Azealia Banks did not start from Banks calling her out on that lyric, but, supposedly, Banks had been giving Azalea little jabs beforehand through Twitter. As an artist I like Banks better than Azalea, but if what Iggy said is true, Banks has been acting like a bitch herself.

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  7. misty

    lol, girl u can’t have beef with someone who’s on a different level than you….she’s so ghetto, its not even cute. ghettoer, than me, a blck girl. ewwwww

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  8. WonderLand19

    Love her!

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  9. MinajRules2012

    Sorry yah if i been hating to much… i was diagnosed with schizophrenia 2 weeks ago… And i be forgeting to take my meds…sorry yah!!! I promise ill be nicer for now on on rap up… And PLEASE if anyone see that i wrote a negative comment please recomment me and remind me to take my pills because it just means i forgot!!!!! PLEASE REMIND ME!!!!!

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  10. Iceman

    OK Iggy, since TIP doesn’t want to answer, I’ll have to ask YOU.

    WHY has he let XTACI (another femcee duo on Grand Hustle) ROT for the last six years, not doin’ so much as a PROMO SINGLE, but he’s giving YOU the star treatment after you just got on this year?!

    Sunshine & Bola (the Xtaci members’ names), ask for either a release date for “X & the City,” or a release from your contract!

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    Cecily Reply:

    @Iceman, THIS RIGHT HERE. Seriously, can someone ask her?

    Follow up question can be: why do you continuously complain that being white makes shit difficult for you in the game, instead of acknowledging that without being white you wouldn’t have gotten this far (like Kreayshawn)?

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    dlksa Reply:

    @Cecily, !!!!!!!

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  11. RAP SUCKS

    I agree with Lil Kim she sounds like she wanna be MamasGunz. This white girl is not about the life she portrays. This is sad.

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  12. Bri

    This chick is TERRIBLE! You can tell she wishes she was black. Love who you are BOO! White girls like this make me laugh. There is a difference between loving & appreciating a culture & wanting to be of it so bad that you hate your own skin. This chick would kill to be black. That fake southern accent she raps with is TERRIBLE…stereotypical…I bet she thinks she needs to sound like that to show how “DOWN” she is. GTFOH

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  13. BLAZE

    I like her she is humble while on the other hand im feelin Azealia Banks but she is not a humble person she starts too many beefs without have an album out.

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    Cecily Reply:

    @BLAZE, difference is, Iggy has a reason to be humble. She knows she isn’t talented enough to be deserve all the attention. She got her lucky breaks in really quick succession- and much of it had little to do with her rapping.

    Azealia, on the other hand, knows she is talented and probably also knows that she deserves more attention than she’s been getting- given that she is a truly skillful rapper, lyricist AND singer. Why isn’t she getting as much as she deserves? Figure it out.

    At the end of the day, I don’t need my truly talented artist to play the ‘humble’ game.

    All male rappers talk a big talk, even the shit ones.

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  14. @ClothezMinded

    i love iggy and i hope she makes it far. she has a great flow, image and personality!

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  15. jj

    i dont see how people call her pretty….she has a long ass head

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  16. Cecily

    I cannot for the life of me see how her face is beautiful. Her body is amazing but her face? No. Just no.

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  17. Lisa

    My problem is not that she is Caucasian, my problem is that she is putting up a front. She is acting ghetto, yet she is from Australia. Her fame is superficial. Whenever a black woman acts ghetto, it’s unattractive, but when an innocent Caucasian girl does it, we’re supposed to love it? That, right there, is a double standard. She is only here for the nice side of the hip hop lifestyle. Where was she for the struggle? The gang violence? The actual hard knock life? She wasn’t. She’s here for the videos, money and fame, though. That is my problem with her. Just be real. Speak about what you know and don’t copy what other femcees have been doing for years and hope you get away with it by looking like a Barbie doll. She is trippin’ off the fact that she is Caucasian and that is not right. We can tell real from fake. Eminem is real. Iggy Azalea is superficial and fake.

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    ... Reply:

    @Lisa, Lol they have ghettos in Australia dumbs

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    Nayanka Reply:

    @…, Yes, they do…
    But she never lived in the ghetto in
    Australia. Check your facts.
    In the state she comes from,only
    aborigens live in the ghettos.
    She’s an undercover racist.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @…, I am sure, but she did not grow up in the ghettos of Australia and you got my point, so what are you tryin’ to prove here?

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  18. thuglife

    i don’t wanna hate but she doesn’t stand a chance agains the other azealia.

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  19. flysly

    love her!

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  20. Pure

    I dig her. More power 2 her!

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  21. O-o damn sneakiy

    she a dope rapper & nice interview

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  22. bdai

    i looooooooooooove iggy!!!! ever since i realized she existed! go iggy! do it majj!

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  23. Shane

    I love How theres this weird stigma where you can’t like more than one female rap artist, both her and nicki are great in they’re own way, and i love hem both, its like comparing run dmc and Eminem, its a different style of rap all together.

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  24. G

    uh the Australian ‘ghettos’ are nothing like those portrayed in America. It’s nothing like ‘em. She’s just too insecure to use her actual voice. Azealia’s lyrics are amazing and her flow is unmatched in the current rap game. Iggy’s lyrics are shallow.. and she’s annoying.

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  25. Brianna

    All of you need to learn to fucking spell bottom line

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  26. A Bad Bitch

    MinajRules2012 needs to get a life!He has nothing else to do but to hate on other female rappers!He does that also on Azealia Banks posts!

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  27. The Truth

    So some of you can call Iggy fake but then what about Nicki Minaj ? If Iggy is fake then what is she.

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