Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Fancy, Problem, and Team
Currently Known For:
Singer, Actress, Model, and Director
2011 - Present
June 7, 1990
Fancy, Problem, and Team
To view another celebrity please click the next celebrity button below or read the full article by scrolling further below.
“First things first, I'm the realest. Drop this and let the whole world feel it!” Hailing from the Land Down Under where she was born as Amethyst Amelia Kelly, Iggy Azalea started rapping as a teen and persuaded two of her friends to form a band. When she realized the girls weren’t serious about the band’s future, Azalea left the group and set out on her own with the hopes of one day moving to the United States where she would truly have a chance as a musician. At only 14 years old, she dropped out of high school and joined her mother as a housekeeper to save money for her next big move. By her 16th birthday, she vacationed in the United States with no plans of ever returning home.Advertisements:
Eventually earning her visa and completing her GED, Azalea started rapping in cities across the country and, after briefly living in major cities like Miami, Houston and Atlanta, she finally settled in Los Angeles where she quickly met a handful of record producers. In 2011, she released her debut album—Ignorant Art—but didn’t find mainstream success until 2014 when she released her first studio album—The New Classic. With listeners memorizing the lyrics to hit singles like “Fancy,” “Black Widow” and “Beg for It,” Azalea was finally on her way to superstardom.
Obviously on the fast track to a stellar music career, Azalea has seen several songs reach the top 40 charts over the last two years and has her second studio album—Digital Distortion—set to release in January 2017. Beyond her music success, she’s even established herself as a social media icon with a huge following of fans who are quick to tune in to Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat for updates about Azalea’s life as a celebrity judge on The X Factor and her recent heartbreak after ending a three-year relationship with NBA star Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers.
A far cry from her early years as a struggling musician with $10 million in the bank and a few awards to her name, Azalea’s bank account isn’t the only thing that’s seen an impressive transformation. Since becoming a household name in the industry, the 26-year-old singer has turned to plastic surgery to enhance her look. During an interview with Vogue in March 2015, Azalea confirmed she had breast implants in late 2014 after years of sewing padding into her outfits. “I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I’d thought about it my entire life,” she said.
Initially admitting that she planned to hide the procedure to promote a healthier self-image for her young fans, once Azalea boarded the truth train she couldn’t stop as she confirmed even more work during her interview with Seventeen magazine only months later. “I wanted to change my nose because I didn’t grow up with a bump on it,” she confessed. “That happened when I got smashed in the face with a soccer ball when I was 16. Now I feel like my nose looks the way it’s supposed to look.”
No longer shy these days about going under the knife, Azalea’s openness has prompted other entertainers and fellow celebrities to come clean themselves. “I think, in 2016, people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures,” Azalea said. “That’s just the reality, and I think more people need to admit that s*** so it doesn’t have to be so taboo, because we’re all doing it anyway.”
With absolutely no regrets for shelling out over $20,000 on a breast enhancement and rhinoplasty, Azalea admits that neither surgery was necessary. Instead, it was all about feeling better about herself. “There was nothing wrong with me,” she said. “I think it’s a personal choice and anybody, man or woman, should be able to make an informed decision, and if you want to change something, then that’s up to you.” Taking her point even further, she added, “Everyone tells you that you should love your body the way it is, but then it is bad to say that you want to change something about yourself not because you want to look like someone else, just because you want to? What’s wrong with that?”
Despite receiving backlash after her rhinoplasty when many took to social media to criticize the subtle change, Azalea refuses to let any negativity influence her decisions and says that anyone who is a millionaire would likely use some of their fortune to perfect their look as well. She makes an excellent point, doesn’t she? And, while we imagine seeing and hearing plenty more from Azalea and her stints under the knife as her popularity skyrockets, until then, we’ll just have to keep singing along—“Still stunting, how you love that. Got the whole world asking how I does that? Hot girl, hands off, don’t touch that…”