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Newly signed Grand Hustle rapstress Iggy Azalea has defended her highly sexualized image.
The 21-year-old Australian has been widely criticized for her x-rated style since the video to her breakout single 'Pu$$y' went viral in early 2011. But in an exclusive interview with Complex, the rapper stressed she is not all about sex, and insisted her approach was empowering and meaningful rather than tacky.
Refering to the visuals for Pu$$Y, Iggy said: "The video for that could’ve been way more sexual. I held back because I didn’t think people could handle it. I didn't mean for the skirt to be that short. I got that off eBay. I knew my a** was hanging out of it but whatever."
"So much of what I do that’s controversial in America wouldn’t be a big deal back home," she continued. "America is a highly sexualized society but people are afraid to admit what they like. When people tell me that I have to be sexy that’s demeaning, not powerful."
The rapper first caught the attention of Interscope Records when her controversial video gained more than 500,000 views on YouTube, featuring Iggy and friends suggestively licking icecreams and lollipops.
She said, "To a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, she only raps about her vagina. I’m not a vagina rapper! I talk about many other things."
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