Iggy Azalea fires back over criticism of racy Instagram photos

Iggy Azalea fires back over criticism of racy Instagram photos

Amethyst Amelia Kelly picked her stage name the same way you pick your porn name: The first name is the name of your first pet, and the last name is the name of street you grew up on. The result was Iggy Azalea. She captured the world's attention with the song "Pu$$y," a song about the devastating effect of global warming on the polar ice caps. Just kidding. It's a song about her vagina. The chorus goes "Open ya mouth / Taste the rainbow / taste my Skittles." Pure poetry. Take that, Emily Dickinson.

After capturing the attention of T.I., the Australian rapper signed to his label, Grand Hustle Records. That's right, Iggy Azalea is Australian. You'd never guess it from her music, because she raps with an adopted American accent. I hope one day she embraces her Aussie heritage, and records a song about bogans drinking Fosters over a didgeridoo. Anyway, she made the hit single Fancy in 2014, and a Vine video of her rapping incomprehensible lyrics on stage went viral in 2015. Since then, she's been pretty quiet.

Due to record label drama, and a bunch of singles that flopped, Iggy still hasn't released her second studio album. But she's still a celebrity, and looks stunning, regardless of what you think of her rap skills. Fashion Nova hired the Aussie MC for an advertising campaign, and the concept is straight out of the Kim Kardashian playbook. Remember when Kim shared nude photos on Instagram to promote her perfume? Well, Iggy shared two racy photos, in which she's totally naked, except for a pair of Fashion Nova strappy stilettos. In the caption, she wrote, "Sometimes all you need is a good pair of heels @fashionnova."

After sharing the photos, Iggy caught some flack from fans, who accused her of caring more about uploading photos than releasing music. On Twitter, Iggy fired back at the criticism, arguing that the modeling campaign gives her something creative and positive to focus on.

"Say what you want about me posting pictures on instagram but honestly, it gives me something else creative i can focus on - when sometimes im in a dark place or i feel stagnant. Most days i want my project to drop, yesterday! but i dont get to make those choices.

"and maybe its silly, but it really has been helping me lately to feel more postive and just keep my mind in a creative space constantly thinking of new visual things and color palates. Im really glad ive got something i can do without needing permission."

When you're a musical artist and the record label won't release your music, that has to be frustrating. It makes sense for Iggy to explore other creative venues, and hopefully she'll continue to stay out of that "dark place." As her fans wait for new music, they can kill some time by looking at these photos.