In one of the more unlikely crossover success stories, blonde Australian beauty Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst Amelia Kelly) segued from a high-profile modeling career to a Southern hip-hop star. Influenced in her childhood by Missy Elliott, TLC, and Tupac Shakur, she moved to the States in 2006 at age 16. Moving from Miami to Houston to Atlanta, she absorbed the Southern-style drawl of her surroundings and released a trap-inspired mixtape titled Ignorant Art in 2011. She worked with Diplo on a follow-up mixtape, TrapGold, before signing to Mercury and releasing The New Classic in 2014. In 2016 she returned with the track "Team," which was included on her sophomore effort, Digital Distortion. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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