Iggy Azalea: The "Hot Complex" Interview, Gallery & Video

Iggy Azalea: The "Hot Complex" Interview, Gallery & VideoInterview by Insanul Ahmed; Photography by Brooke Nipar; Styling by Alejandra Hernandez; Additional Credits Below.

The Australian rapper talks turnoffs, the difference between sexy and beautiful, and being mistaken for an adult film star.

This feature appears in Complex's 10th Anniversary Issue (April/May 2012).

If you’re wondering why Interscope Records signed Iggy Azalea consider this: The 21-year-old Australian rapper has stunning model looks, an “A$VP” tattoo on her left pinkie, and rhymes that’ll make your daddy blush. She first got attention for her viral hit “PU$$Y,” but she swears she’s not all about sex. She just wants to feel special.


I wouldn't want to date the guy version of me. If I were a man I'd be a womanizer.


Does every rapper you meet hit on you?
People think every guy is trying to get my number. I don’t have people asking for my number every day or even every week. I often meet people in working environments where it’s professional.

Do you like guys who are as sexual as you?
No, they turn me off. I wouldn’t want to date the guy version of me. If I were a man I’d be a womanizer. I like reserved guys. When they give you attention, it makes me think, “Aww, I’m special.”

When do you feel sexy?
There’s sexy and there’s beautiful. Sexy is: I have the power, you want me, and I can fuck around with it. I like that feeling. At home, I want to feel beautiful—not like I’m dominating someone. If I come home dressed like I am in my videos, that would be weird. [Laughs.]

Are Americans uptight about sex?
So much of what I do that’s controversial in America wouldn’t be a big deal back home. America is a highly sexualized society but people are afraid to admit what they like. When people tell me that I have to be sexy that’s demeaning, not powerful.

You’ve been criticized for being overly sexual.
To a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, she only raps about her vagina. I’m not a vagina rapper! [Laughs.] I talk about many other things.

With a song called “Pu$$y” it’s hard not to be considered sexual.
The video for that could’ve been way more sexual. I held back because I didn’t think people could handle it. [Laughs.]

In the “My World” video you dressed up as a cheerleader. That was a short skirt you had on…
I didn’t mean for the skirt to be that short. [Laughs.] I got that off eBay. I knew my ass was hanging out of it but whatever. When we were shooting the video the police were like, “We heard you guys were filming a porno.” They thought we were filming Bang Bus. [Laughs.] I told them, “I’m a sexy boxer lady and these are my two cheerleading friends—this is art, guys!”

Beautiful art indeed.


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ADDITIONAL CREDITS: (HAIR) Christian Mark. (MAKEUP) Joanna Schlip. (CLOTHING) FIRST & SIXTH IMAGE: Swim Bottoms by Handsome / Rings by Luv Aj. SECOND IMAGE: Swimsuit by Ashley Paige / Necklace by Luv Aj. THIRD IMAGE: Bustier by Motel Rocks / Leggings by Alexander McQueen / Rings by Luv Aj.

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