News: T.I.'s Grand Hustle Protégé Joins New Team, "It's An Honor To Expand My Brand Further W/ The Very Best"
Friday, Jun 15, 2012 1:30PM
Grand Hustle protégé Iggy Azalea has looked for help in guiding her career and officially inked a deal with model/celebrity agency Wilhelmina International, Inc.
Iggy has already expressed her excitement over teaming with a fashion-driven agency.
Rising rapper Iggy Azalea has signed a modelling contract with one of fashion's most prominent agencies. The Australian star, who is signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, is the latest celebrity to join the roster at Wilhelmina International, Inc. She follows in the footsteps of fellow musicians Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield and Estelle, who have all landed beauty and fashion endorsement deals with the help of Wilhelmina's Artist Management team. Azalea says, "I'm very excited to be a part of Wilhelmina. I've always had an interest in fashion, so it's an honour to be able to expand my brand further with the very best in the industry." (Contact Music)
With a model deal in the books, Iggy is now on the prowl for a major label record contract.
"I wasn't dropped by Interscope," Iggy told XXL moments after her performance in front of a sold-out crowd at SOBs in New York City on Thursday night (May 7). "I'm still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board and it became a Grand Hustle thing. We were working on restructuring and we worked down to the final deal. There's things that change when other people get involved. For me, I choose my involvement with Tip because that's my family over other things, so I'm thankful that I have him and he can kinda get me out of that situation; now it's just strictly Grand Hustle." (XXL Mag)
Last month, T.I. broke the news of Iggy's Interscope deal falling through.
Iggy Azalea announced that she had signed a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year, but it may have been premature. According to her Grand Hustle boss T.I., the Aussie rapper is still unsigned. "Iggy is a free agent," Tip told Bu Thiam, VP of A&R at Def Jam, on "MTV's Hip Hop POV." The blonde bombshell had touted a deal with Interscope and a summer release for her debut album The New Classic. "Interscope, if you were wondering," she tweeted in January. "Get used to me + jimmy [iovine] smashing sh*t, cause thats the plan." According to sources, a deal was never actually in place. However, she did release the T.I.-assisted "Murda Bizness," which was billed as the lead single off the album. The Hustle Gang member is currently in talks with other labels including Def Jam. Her EP Glory is due this month. (Rap-Up)
In mid-April, she talked about re-structuring her Interscope agreement to join Tip's Grand Hustle family.
"I didn't know I was gonna sign to Grand Hustle," Azalea told MTV News, explaining how she managed to stick with both imprints. "There's no way I thought that would happen. Not because I didn't like them, just because my deal was all sewn up, and I restructured the whole thing." The 21-year-old Australian rapper revealed that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine was "cool with it," helping her tailor a new deal that pleased all parties involved. "[Jimmy] likes Tip, and they're good friends, so it worked out," she explained. "But it made everybody so confused, because everyone was like, 'I thought she was signed to Interscope; Grand Hustle is with Atlantic.'" (MTV)
Check out a recent Iggy Azalea interview below: