Amethyst Amelia Kelly is an Australian-born rapper popularly by her stage name Iggy Azalea. Having moved to the United States in 2006 as an ambitious teenager, Azalea eventually shot to prominence in August 2011 following the release of music videos off her debut mixtape Ignorant Art some of which went viral on the internet. The following year, the talented rapper earned a recording deal which effectively launched her into the mainstream music industry. In 2014, Iggy Azalea became the first non-American female rapper to reach the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with the release of her debut studio album, The New Classic, which peaked at No. 1.
Iggy Azalea Biography, Age
Amethyst Amelia Kelly was born on June 7, 1990, in Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, Australia. However, she was raised in Mullumbimby, New South Wales. She derived the stage moniker “Iggy Azalea” from the name of her childhood dog and the street she grew up on. Her father Brendan Kelly is a visual artist while her mother Tanya earned a living by cleaning hotels and holiday homes. Having started rapping at the age of 14, Iggy Azalea tried forming a girl-group with 2 other girls from her neighborhood. However, she eventually went solo because the other girls didn’t take it seriously. In pursuit of her dream to relocate to the US, Azalea joined her mother’s line of work after dropping out of high school.
Iggy Azalea moved to the United States in 2006 and she spent brief periods in Miami and Houston before eventually settling in Atlanta, Georgia. In the summer of 2010, Azalea moved to Los Angeles, California where she landed a brief recording contract with Interscope Records. The following year, the talented rapper was thrown into the spotlight when the music video of her single “Pu$$y” went viral on the internet. This was quickly followed up by the release of her debut mixtape Ignorant Art in September 2011.
At the beginning of 2012, Iggy Azalea was featured on XXL magazine’s “Top 10 Freshman List” alongside French Montana and several other up-and-coming rappers. While still working on her debut album, Azalea toured with industry bigwigs such as Tyga, Rita Ora, Nas, and Beyonce. In February 2014, she released the single “Fancy” which became her first single to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also adjudged to be her most successful single yet. Her debut album The New Classic was eventually released in April 2014 and it debuted at No. 3 of the Billboard 200 chart.
The release of Iggy Azalea’s second studio album Digital Distortion has been stalled for several months owing to major changes in her private life. The Australian-born rapper received her permanent US residency in March 2018.
Since shooting to fame in 2011, Iggy Azalea has had her fair share of high profile relationships. The talented rapper began a relationship with American rapper and record producer A$AP Rocky in late 2011. A lovestruck Azalea confirmed their relationship during an interview with Vibe Magazine in January 2012. The two lovebirds equally got matching tattoos of Rocky’s debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP. However, their relationship didn’t make it to the one-year mark as they separated in the middle of 2012. Iggy Azalea has revealed that she got the “A$AP” portion of her own tattoo crossed out.
The Australian-born rapper equally had an even more serious relationship with NBA star Nick Young. After dating on a lowkey for several months, Azalea eventually revealed that they were an item in early 2014. The couple were featured on the March 2014 issue of GQ magazine. On June 1, 2015, Azalea and Young disclosed that they were engaged. However, things took a sad turn for the couple after a video surfaced online of Nick Young bragging about being unfaithful to Azalea. On June 19, 2016, barely 3 weeks after their engagement, Azalea made known to the public that she had broken up with Nick Young. The break up took a toll on the rapper’s career as it delayed work on her anticipated 2nd studio album.
Following the release of her chart-topping debut album in 2014, Iggy Azalea made history as the 3rd female musician to have 3 simultaneous top 10 hits (“Problem,” “Fancy” and “Black Widow”) on the Billboard Hot 100. Even though she hasn’t been steady with popping out albums, the Australian-born rapper is undoubtedly one of the most successful artists of our time. Her net worth is pegged at a conservative estimate of $6 million.
Indeed, Iggy Azalea is one of the hottest female hip-hop artists of our time, however, all that gorgeousness isn’t 100% natural. The Australian-born rapper has been very open about the various procedures she has undergone to enhance her body shape. In a March 2015 interview with Vogue magazine, she revealed that she had undergone some breast augmentation procedures to increase the size of her bosom. Also, during an August 2015 interview with Seventeen magazine, Iggy Azalea revealed that she had also undergone a nose job.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Iggy Azalea stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm). The Australian-born rapper maintains a body weight of 68 kg (150 lbs). A walking bombshell, her body measurements are 33-26-38 inches (84-66-96.5 cm). She has hazel-colored eyes and long blonde hair which can be considered to be one of her trademark features.