Image Group LA/ABCIggy Azalea is fully aware that her career could be short-lived, but she hopes to still be “gyrating in a leotard at 35.”
In an interview with GQ, the 24-year-old Australian hip-hop star discussed everything from career longevity, to her tour aesthetic, to how she deals with haters. When asked what she wants her legacy to be at the end of her career she said, “You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business. So I hope it’s long — but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time.”
She added, “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. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.”
Despite people’s criticisms, Iggy said she finds ways to take it all in stride. “Awards season helps,” she said. “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. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue.”
Iggy is nominated for four Grammys this year, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fancy,” and Best Rap Album, for The New Classic. She’s currently gearing up for her first arena tour, The Great Escape, which she said will be “trippy, cool, colorful.” She’s involved in everything from designing the tour posters to picking the right dancers.
Iggy is featured in GQ‘s February issue along with 18 other musicians for the magazine’s “Legacy Project,” which examines music makers who made a lasting impact over the past year. The issue comes out January 27.
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