Iggy Azalea: I Hope I’ll Still Be “Gyrating in a Leotard at 35″
In a new interview with GQ, the Australian rapper opens up about her future plans — including her upcoming arena tour — and how she’s dealing with haters that want to drag her down.
“I try not to have too many different goals, because then if they don’t happen, you can be disappointed,” she says. ” I just set immediate goals for myself; the only thing I’m thinking about at the moment is having a great second album and doing a great job on my tour that I have coming up, because it’s my first arena tour. And I’d like it to not be my last arena tour.”
“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,” she continues, when asked about what legacy she’d like to leave behind. “So it depends. I might be here for a long time. 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.”
And when it comes to criticism, Azalea says “awards season helps” with dealing with the haters.
“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,” she explains. “When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think,Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.”