Last week, British fashion magazine Dazed & Confused announced that their September issue has been banned from seven countries because of the racy cover featuring rap sensation Azealia Banks. The mag shrugged off their loss with a tweet "Just been told our upcoming @AZEALIABANKS cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?"
The controversial cover has finally been revealed. Azealia Banks is shown blowing into a pink condom as if it were a cigar; her finely manicured middle finger is also prominent. The cover is cleverly captioned with a tagline "Azealia Banks Blows Up". It's understood that Banks' photo is clearly provocative. However, it's no different than scantily clad models sprawled on the covers of magazines worldwide. Nevertheless, the rapper is proud of her shoot and is excited about its release.
Shot by Sharif Hamza and styled by Karen Langley, the spread features the hip hop star nicknamed Yung Rapunzel rocking sea-green tinted long locks, lacey bodysuits, and sporty fierce outfits. Banks is shot before a backdrop that is assumed to be her bedroom; the room is decorated with posters of legendary rappers (Banks' idols no doubt), purple items (purple seems to be her favorite color), and seashells (reference to her mixtape "Fantasea"). The editorial continues delving into the psyche of Banks, discovering the elements behind her ambition, her sense of humor, and her slick tongue.
Azealia Banks is rising to fame faster than her rhyme flow. The raptress first made her mark with the viral hit "212" video where she wore a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt (which has gotten its own Twitter account BTW) and dropped the C-bomb profusely without a care. Her brashness and hipster persona introduces a new wave of cool. While everyone else is trying to be the next Lady Gaga with wacky wigs and outrageous fashions, Banks is on the sideline getting all the attention for her not giving a (blank) style.
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