Born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Iggy's stage name comes from the name of her childhood dog and the street she grew up in.
It was Tupac Shakur who inspired Iggy to become a rapper after she heard his "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" cut at the age of 11. "It was the song that made me fall in love with music and also what sparked my Tupac fascination," she told The Pop Manifesto
. "That would later make me pick up my own pen and write songs."
By the time she was 14 Iggy was writing her own raps and hanging out at Hip-Hop clubs in Sydney. "When I first started rapping, I thought I'd move to the city [Sydney]," she recalled ti Billboard magazine. "But when I got there I was like, 'These people are still not my people.'"
Iggy left home aged 16 and flew to Miami alone. She told her mother she was going to the Florida city with a friend on vacation, but phoned home two weeks later to say she was staying for good and pursuing her dream of being a rapper. "There was definitely a lot of crying from my mom," Iggy recalled to The New York Post.
Iggy planned to enroll in an audio engineering course if her rap dreams didn't work out. "I had always been drawn to jobs where there weren't many other women involved," she told The Observer, "and very few women do audio engineering."
Iggy first gained recognition in 2011 after the music video for her sexually provocative song "Pu$$y" from her first mixtape, Ignorant Art, went viral on YouTube.
After initially resisting suggestions to go into professional modeling, Iggy signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2012 and was announced as the face of Levi Jeans' "Go Forth" campaign.
Iggy dated Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky in 2012. She tattooed her hand with the title ("Live. Love. A$AP") of a mixtape by her ex-boyfriend although the 'A$AP' part has since been crossed out.
On February 13, 2013, it was announced that Iggy had signed a record deal with Mercury Records. Her commercial debut single "Work
" was a Top 20 hit in the UK
She was the first white woman to appear on the cover of XXL magazine.
" climbed to #1 on the Hot 100, Iggy's collaboration with Ariana Grande, "Problem
," also jumped to #2 on the tally. The Australian rapper became the first act since the Beatles to simultaneously occupy the top two spots with their first Hot 100 hits. "It doesn't mean anything," she said. "I'd rather be The Rolling Stones."
Iggy told GQ magazine that when she's chilling out at home, she likes to "cook something nice." She added: "My absolute number one favorite thing to cook is chicken teriyaki. My grandma taught me how to make it. I left home when I was 16, and it's the one thing I really enjoy. I put so much soy sauce and chicken broth in the thing and make it so potent that nobody else could possibly enjoy it! But it's just the way I like it."
Did you spot Iggy's blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo part in the Furious 7 movie? She delivers the lines: "Hey, there's the girl I've heard so much about. Where you been at, ghost girl?"