You have a veneer of having seen it all, but in person you’re just so ebullient.
I had to be like that. Everybody tells you no! No, no, no, no, no, no, NO so much. It makes you … not tough like you have a knife in your pocket, but just more like a man. People always said I just should model. And they hadn’t even heard my music! Mind you, it was shit at the time, but fuck, give me a chance.
So you’re prepared for all the inevitable hate.
It sucks—no one wants to be hated. But I’m used to it. I’m sure I’ll get booed many more times in life but I’ll also get love letters, too.
I did this interview with Iggy in early October, but it was for L.A. Record and just went online. In person, she was self-deprecating, and the images of power in the video for “My World” are derived from a very real place. But in retrospect, her comments on controlling the way she’s projected seem a little naive. Would that she retains that mindset, but Jimmy Iovine telling her she’s the next Tupac sounds an awful lot like a man buttering up a woman to get her in bed.
Let’s hope her resolve and bullshit detector are stronger than the often-lethal combination of industry pressure and the desire to be praised.
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Photo by Funaki.