Iggy Azalea and the Perils of Reinventing Oneself

December 13, 2014 4:03 AM

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Eight years ago a young white girl from the rural northern-Australian town of Mullumbimby moved to Miami. Only 16 years of age, she refashioned herself as a rapper by the name of Iggy Azalea with a black Southern accent and achieved notoriety when her sexually explicit songs went viral on YouTube. After being heavily promoted by a well-known Atlanta-based rapper and releasing her debut album with a major label this past summer, she went on to become the female rapper with the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 number-one single.

The nickname "Igloo Australia" inspired numerous other parodies of the artist on social media and beyond.

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