Iggy Azalea, as this is written, is at the top of the charts because of her song Fancy, but really it’s more than that. I’m not going to pretend to have the total answer, but I am going to try and get to that answer.
The blog post’s title “Iggy Azalea Fancy Twerking, Provactive Poses Gain Fans” tells only, oh, about 1/100th of the truth behind the rise of this young woman.
First, you have to understand that Iggy Azalea’s an image of a person – but one she created herself. Her real name’s Amethyst Amelia Kelly, who left Autrailia at 16 then bounced around until she was discovered via a hot music video called Pu$$y. Now Amethyst Amelia Kelly’s got a top modeling agency behind her, Wilhelmina. Then, her PR is done by PURPLE, based on New York and London.
Second, she’s a direct, died-in-the-wool part of modern hip-hop culture. This highly interracial, in-your-face-sexual, form of entertainment is as much a way of life as a genre. Watching Amethyst Amelia Kelly in action, the only thing that’s not black about her is her skin. I love the fact that she pisses some people off.
And this is no slap to Miley Cyrus, but she should take note. Unlike how Miley was slammed for slapping black women on the butt while twerking, there’s no such behavior with Iggy. She comes off as if having black friends is a natural, no-big-deal, kind of thing, where Miley Cyrus has sent out the image that her recent forays into having African Americans more as friends and part of her performances is more of a business decision, than a cultural change process.
Or perhaps both?
Third, Iggy Azalea loves to perform before a crowd. She really does:
And I think that’s why she’s hit the cycle: Amethyst Amelia Kelly, or Iggy Azalea’s a perfect representation of where society is moving. What’s she’s doing is now officially mainstream. There’s no question about that.
I’m not done blogging about the rise of Iggy Azelea, as it’s a fascinating key into American cultural change. And there’s a really interesting backstory of a white girl who sought to break out of her all-white World overseas and embrace America’s huge intermix. She was an outcast in Austrialia, and so much so, she ran to America to seek a new life.