A little bit fancy…6:3AM, Jul 4, 2014
When an artist hits both number one and two on the US Billboard charts, it’s a major moment. And when they’re the first artist in history to do it since The Beatles, it’s kind of a big deal.
We’re talking about Australia’s sassiest export, Iggy Azalea (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly). The curvaceous, ponytail-whipping rapper was catapulted to global fame earlier this year with her contagious track Fancy (from her debut album, The New Classic), which has over 100 million YouTube views. The girl is in demand. She has major stars lining up to work with her, including Katy Perry, Rita Ora and Ariana Grande – who she recorded Problem with (currently sitting at number two on the US charts to Fancy’s number one). She also supported Beyoncé on the Australian and New Zealand leg of her The Mrs Carter Show world tour earlier this year like it was no biggie.
Iggy has also become known for shooting from the hip, with her Twitter account full of no-nonsense statements on other artists and, more recently, the media. Just last month, there was a huge furore when Iggy told Billboard magazine that she didn’t think Lorde’s performance with the remaining band members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was appropriate.
“Nothing against her, but I think when you’re doing a tribute to someone that’s dead, generally it should be the person’s peer,” she was quoted as saying. The rapper was immediately inundated with hundreds of Iggy-bashing tweets, causing her to turn to her own account to announce: “I consider Lorde my very talented friend. I find it ironic two girls tell the media they’re full of sh*t and weeks later I supposedly dislike her.”
Twitter seems to play a large part in her life, not least in her relationship with LA Lakers star Nick Young. The athlete first captured Iggy’s attention in September last year, after he dubbed her his #WomanCrushWednesday in a tweet. The pair pretty much hit it off straight away.
She’s in a much better place now, love-wise, than she was while writing The New Classic. Her track Rolex details her very public split from rapper A$AP Rocky (Iggy had his name tattooed on her finger, only to get an “X” through it after the break-up) yet she admits she has to have thick skin, particularly given Nick’s level of fame. “I will sometimes give him crap and get jealous, but it’s always in a jokey way,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
For more on Iggy’s worldwide domination (and straight-shooting advice), pick up a copy of our August issue – it hits newsstands and iPads this Monday! Show us your copy and hashtag #CosmoGetsFancy!
Cosmo Team Blog
Here’s a list of beauty apps I love and use.
Hold onto your Cons, we’re going in.
It must be, cos these moments were HILARIOUS
All smiles on set today with the beautiful @annaheinrich1 💕
GO IRELAND! They've just become the first country to make gay marriage legal via popular vote. #EqualityRules 👏👏👏
In this week's Woman on Top @karen_walker sat down with Cosmo's @leighacampbell to discuss her new fragrance, business advice & just generally being a BOSS 👊 watch it now at cosmopolitan.com.au #WomanOnTop
So much fun on set today with Cosmo's Editor @bronwynmccahon shooting the amazing @tashsefton & @elle_ferguson of @theyallhateus 🎥 #staytuned
Beauty Director @leighacampbell caught up with the super inspiring Kate Morris CEO & Founder of @adorebeautyofficial for Cosmo TV. Thankyou to @greenwoodhotel for having us! 🎥 #staytuned
Creative Director @leisa.maait snapping some serious shoe candy on today's cover shoot! 👠 #ShoeGameStrong
Coffee with a view! Features writer @julianaughton is at a #Sydney penthouse this morning courtesy of @airbnb - who've just clocked 1.2M listings worldwide 🌍🌆✈️
FRIENDSHIP GOALS courtesy of @thenewclassic and @BritneySpears. See all the red carpet pics from the #BBMAs at cosmopolitan.com.au now. 😍😍😍
Beauty director @leighacampbell just had her brows done at the @benefitaustralia Myer counter in Sydney with Jared Bailey! Throughout the month of May, Benefit is donating $10 from every brow wax at Myer to Australian charities dedicated to helping women, including Sister 2 Sister, Look Good Feel Better, and Fitted To Work. Hurry and book an appointment! #BoldIsBeautiful
Fashion Director @nicoleadolphe pre-workout with @basebodybabes let's do this! Thanks @bounce_aus for the energy