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Iggy Azalea went on a Tweetstorm rampage yesterday over the styling of her upcoming Steve Madden collaboration, set to debut in February. Let's just say she has very strong feelings about socks with sandals. Huffington Post took screenshots of the rapper's disgusted, now-deleted tweets after finding a "random" Tumblr page (now password protected) with images from the Steve Madden collab that Iggy said was created without her knowledge.
HuffPo viewed the Tumblr page when it was live, and described it as "trippy images and gifs mixed with crotch shots of headless models, images of the star and floating text blocks with phrases including "Modern-day Spice Girls," and "Unapologetic, loud and fun." An unattributed quote also appeared on the page saying, "I wanted to make shoes your girlfriends would love and your boyfriends wouldn't understand."
The Tumblr page did not suit Iggy's artistic sensibilities. "Everything in collaboration is supposed to be mutually approved. But Steve madden did the most disgusting photo shoot ever and never," she tweeted. "Ivd been bamoozeled with a tumblr page where everyone wears socks and takes unintentional crotch shots on pool toys. I'm in shock."
A spokesperson for Steve Madden told Huffington Post: "This was a lover's quarrel. We love Iggy and are very excited about our collaboration. When you get two artists working together sometimes there are fireworks. It's our creative differences that allow us to design an incredible collection and we are looking forward to sharing it with the world!"
They must have patched things up, because yesterday Azalea wrote a long apology on Instagram, saying:
For the record: I absolutely LOVE these images, they are from the shoot I directed for my Steve Madden campaign. Im incredibly proud of the shoes we've made together, as well as these images that I've been anxiously waiting to share with you all. What I had a "rant" about on Twitter isn't in regards to these pictures, it was about another, different set of images i wasn't a part of creating that I felt weren't reflective of my vision and direction for the collection. I'm an artist and I'm extremely passionate and emotional and crazy sometimes because I care ALOoOoot about this shit! I love Steve and he gets it! Artists clash sometimes, it doesn't mean I dislike the brand. I love Steve Madden as an individual and as a company. I have 3 more seasons I'm making with these guys and I'm going to enjoy it. Shit just happens sometimes and you gotta fight for what you believe in! I believe in this collection immensely; that's why I just wanted it to be perfect. it comes out tomorrow and I hope you guys enjoy it because I put my heart and soul into them! Sorry for the drama! I didn't mean for it to turn into some big blog situation (as usual) but I'm not gonna sit back and totally let Steve Madden get dragged under the bus because as a whole they're awesome ppl. I just don't support neoprene Jesus sandals WITH socks.
· Iggy Azalea Goes On Rant After Alleged Steve Madden Photos Surface, Calls It 'Most Disgusting Photo Shoot Ever' [HuffPo]
· Iggy Azalea's Steve Madden Twitter Rant: "Most Disgusting Photo Shoot Ever" [Hollywood Reporter]
· Iggy Azalea Is Forever 21's Best Model Yet [Racked]