Looking Like A Model

Iggy Azalea: “I wanted to model. I thought when I got to Atlanta, I thought that if I could get a modeling contract I could be an American. I got approached by this agency called Elite Model Management, which is a pretty big agency. I sent them my photos and they said, ‘Come In. You look good in photos.’

“I went in and they measured me and were like, ‘You’re hips are too big. You have to lose four inches off of your hips and two inches off of your thighs because they’re too big. Lose the weight, come back, and we’ll be interested.’ I was like, ‘I can do it.’ In my mind I was like, ‘I’ll do a lemon detox diet!’ [Laughs.]

 
Apparently, I’m too fat [to be a model]. I’m like, ‘I’m a size two! What the hell?’ So I was like, ‘I can’t do it because I’m going to spend all of my life trying to be skinny and I’d be too distracted to rap.’
 

“But that lasted about three hours. My boyfriend at the time was like, ‘You can do it.’ But I ordered some Papa John’s. I knew it was bad, because I hid it under the bed so he couldn’t see that I had been eating pizzas and I wasn’t on my detox diet. [Laughs.]

“I was like, ‘This isn’t going to work, because it’s not my body shape.’ It would have been like fighting the feeling in an extreme way to be this weight and I don’t want to be that weight. So I was like, ‘I can’t do it because I’m going to spend all of my life trying to be skinny and I’d be too distracted to rap.’ Apparently, I’m too fat. I’m like, ‘I’m a size two! What the hell?’

“I would still get a little bit of cash doing local modeling in Atlanta. I took artist pictures with this photographer Robert Ector. He would sometimes call me and be like, ‘Hey, will you be a model for this person’s portfolio?’ or ‘There’s a makeup artist that needs a portfolio, will you be a model for that?’

“People will be like, ‘You should sing because you just don’t look like you rap.’ And so many people who hadn’t heard my music tried to tell me, ‘You should be a model.’ I'm like, ‘Fuck off. How can you say that? You haven’t even heard my music yet.’ Or people would be like, ‘I didn't expect you to rap like that. I thought you'd be bad.’ Why do you think I'd be bad? Because of what I look like? It's fucking stupid.”