Azealia Banks Shares Photos From Playboy Shoot, Reveals Abusive Dating History
Shot by famed fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, the photos feature Banks mimicking the behavior of a furry feline. In one pic, the "212" rhymer is holding a huge ball of yarn just like a cat and in another photo, Banks is naked splashing in a pool of milk. In a third shot, she stares at the camera with her cat-like eyes wearing a feline headpiece and looking like a real-life cat woman.
Although the photos are kind of tame considering Playboy’s history of nude women, Banks tells the magazine she was eager to shed her clothes. “Posing for Playboy was a no-brainer. I was like, 'Yes! They want to see me naked,'" she tells writer Rob Tannenbaum.
Also in the interview, Banks talks about her mother, her past Twitter feuds, religion and her bisexuality.
At one point in the discussion, she reveals that she was once in an abusive relationship with a 43-year-old man when she was 17.
"There’s something very wrong with a man that age who wants to date a 17-year-old girl," she says. "I didn’t know how to shave my bush and s--- like that. I had a hairy p----. I didn’t know how to wear perfume. I had neon pink barrettes in my hair. And as '212' started to pop off and my career started to happen, he became jealous."
"He choked me and beat me up, and of course you should not be f---ing with a man who puts his hands on you, but I was stupid and young," she finished.
As for a music artist she would like to emulate her career after, Banks named the richest man in the rap game.
"Jay Z. That’s the only person I have my eye set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it," she states. "A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you. In American society, the game is to be a nonthreatening black person. Jay Z hasn’t played any of those games, and that’s what I like."
Playboy magazine's Music Issue, featuring the catty Azealia Banks, hits newsstands this Friday (March 20).
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