Iggy Azalea on Criticism: ‘100,000% to Do With the Fact that I Have a Vagina’

Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd. /MediaPunch/IPX
Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd. /MediaPunch/IPX

In a brief interview with Vanity Fair published Thursday, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea opined on her fame, her Grammy-nominated music, and why she thinks her critics are misogynists.

Azalea, the 24-year-old rapper behind the 2014 hit “Fancy,” told the magazine that she does not care what genre of music fans call her work.

“People have said I’m not real rap or real hip-hop,” Azalea told VF. “But I don’t care if people think I’m pop or rap. Everyone interprets music differently.”

When asked if she thought her critics were misogynistic, Azalea answered unequivocally.

“Well, they don’t say that stuff about Macklemore,” Azalea told the magazine. “So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina.”

“I never thought it was strange [for a white Australian girl to be a rapper],” Azalea continued. “If you go back to the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem—they’ve all basically done black music. I felt this wasn’t that far from what we’ve seen in music history over and over again.”

Azalea also told the magazine that fame has changed her life “in every possible way.”

“Some bad, some good,” the rapper explained. “I can’t walk down the street anymore, and I have to be very selective when I grocery shop. I went from having nothing to having everything I could possibly want. It’s weird. It’s almost scarily easy to quickly forget that you had nothing.”

Vanity Fair also asked the rapper whether rumors of a sex tape involving her and an ex-boyfriend are true.

“Every week I have some sort of crisis that involves the Internet,”Azalea replied. “I do not have a sex tape; I would remember if I had a sex tape. But if I did have a sex tape it would be completely f***ing fine and my own business.”

Check out the rest of Azalea’s interview with Vanity Fair here.


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