This 23-year-old blonde beauty from Australia is blowing our minds and capturing our attention. She’s easily taking the title as this summer’s breakthrough musician with her hit rap singles including Fancy and Change Your Life.
We all know her by her stage name, Iggy Azalea, but her real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly and she’s from a small town in New South Wales, Australia. After making the move to the USA at age 16, she began a long journey to where she is today. She first released a couple of controversial songs, Pu$$y and Two Times. Soon after that she signed her first record deal with Mercury Records and also got into professional modelling.
Take a peek at our list of 10 irresistible facts about this platinum blond rapper from down under who now lives in Los Angeles. She’s brash, she’s fun and she’s not sorry about it. How could you not love her?
10 She Fakes a Southern Accent
Despite being an Aussie through and through, this rapping sensation has got her southern drawl 100% sorted. If we didn’t know better, we’d have guessed that she’s been having lessons from Kevin Spacey (a.k.a. Frank Underwood in House of Cards). In all her songs, the southern accent clearly comes through but when you hear her speaking in public the true Australian in her clearly shines through. She says it wasn’t tough to nail down the southern accent because she lived in the south of the USA for about five years and got taught by the locals how to rap.
9 She’s Got Awesome Braids
Braids are the ultimate summer hairdo and blonde-haired Iggy Azalea knows how to do them best. She’s tweeted a number of pictures of her with braids in many shapes and forms. In March this year she tweeted to her fans that she was chilling out in Phoenix and that “braids are good for the heat”. We’ve also spotted her rocking a braid crown, double reverse French braids and more.
8 Her Boyfriend is a NBA Player
Despite having a tattoo reminder of her ex-boyfriend A$AP Rocky (awkward!), Iggy Azalea has been dating NBA player Nick Young since about November 2013. Nick Young plays for the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team. Aside from her famous beau, she’s also been spotted hanging out with the who’s who of stardom including Katy Perry, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez and more.
7 She’s (Kind Of) Like the Beatles
At one point in May 2014, Iggy Azalea’s song Fancy was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Ariana Grande song Problem (which features Azalea) was at No. 2. Other than Azalea, the only other artists to ever have achieved that with their first chart hits were the Beatles. In 1964, the Beatles had I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You in the first and second spot respectively. What’s more, this feat made Azalea the fourth female rapper to make it to No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
6 Her Booty Ain’t Bad!
Iggy Azalea is known for her hourglass figure and big booty, and she’s not shy about it. She’s openly talked about how she doesn’t like buses because she’d have to shimmy down the aisle sideways, and how she has to take a sash with her to the pool otherwise she shows off a bit too much. She also says she only wears G-strings because full briefs “just don’t work” for her. A lot of people throw compliments her way on Twitter and Facebook, but she says that fans don’t tend to say anything about her backside to her face.
5 She’s Down With Her Fans
Everyone loves a celeb who interacts with their fans and Azalea does an excellent job at doing just that. In May 2014 a video of a father and daughter lip syncing in the car to Fancy went viral and Azalea jumped in on the fun too. She said the pair were the “coolest father-daughter duo ever” and she also wrote to the girl, saying that she loved the video and that she thinks she has a rap career ahead of her. Awww!
4 She’s Got Mad Style
There’s nothing plain about this chart-topping rapper’s style. From cowgirl hats to crop tops, from white pants to cute headscarves, from red lipstick to short shorts – she’s got the right look. Some of her best pieces include her white monogrammed bath robe (which she’s posted on Instagram) and her old-school black leather Beverly Hills jacket with gold embroidery.
3 She’s a Successful High School Drop Out
Iggy Azalea dropped out of high school in Australia where she grew up and never got her diploma – but she turned that around and proved she has what it takes to be a star. She’s been quoted as saying that her mother probably wasn’t completely happy with her decision to leave school early but that she felt she had to do it regardless. She says she hated school (other than art classes) and that she didn’t have friends at that time.
2 She’s Squeaky Clean
There’s nothing worse than poor hygiene and Iggy Azalea definitely agrees. When she was recently speaking to talk show host Chelsea Lately, she mentioned that when she initially lived in the USA she was working as a housekeeper to pay the bills. She says she didn’t really like it but that it’s given her a dose of OCD about her own house and she keeps it super clean. She told Lately that if someone washes their hands at her place and splashes water around the sink, they won’t be invited back anytime soon!
1 She Reached Her Dream
It might sound cheesy, but Iggy Azalea is a girl who knew what she wanted and worked hard for it until she finally got there. She made the decision to move to Miami from Australia at the young age of 16. She did it by herself without her family, and in her song Work she refers back to that time saying: “No money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami.” She has also talked about how at the time when she first lived in Miami and started rapping, people would laugh at her raps because they thought she “sucked”. However, she shrugged it off and kept going until she was a chart-topper.
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