Iggy Azalea: I Want to Be “Gyrating in a Leotard at 35”

Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea spoke to GQ about her future. Pari Dukovic

Iggy Azalea has no intention of ditching her bodysuits anytime soon. The "Fancy" rapper, 24, looked to her future in a new interview with GQ and told the mag that she hopes to spend decades in her bright, figure-hugging on-stage getups. 

"If I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great," Azalea spilled. "You never know how long you'll be in people's good graces, especially in this business." 

"I hope it's long — but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists," she added. "So it depends. I might be here for a long time. 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."

As a rare white female rapper in the music business, the Australia-born star made waves and topped charts with the release of her debut studio album The New Classic last April. The record produced hits like the aforementioned "Fancy" and "Black Widow," and gave the performer the opportunity to team up with big artists like Ariana Grande (for the instant classic "Problem) and Jennifer Lopez (for the rear-celebrating "Booty"). 

Azalea's rise was not without critics and naysayers, however. She has been publicly feuding with fellow female rapper Azealia Banks for months about her place and responsibility in the industry, and has faced backlash about her massively popular form of hip-hop.

Asked about how she handles said criticism, Azalea told GQ that "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," she said. "That gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. 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.'" 

"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.'" she added. "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." 

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