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Azealia Banks Explains The Meaning Behind Alter Ego

Sep 12, 2012 | 3:30 AM    Written By: Michael Hughes
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Azealia Banks Explains The Meaning Behind Alter Ego

Azealia Banks has always been a woman who's fearless when it comes to speaking her mind.  She doesn't mean for what she says to rub people the wrong way, but that tends to happen since she she's not one to hold her tongue.  She recently launched her new MAC lipstick, and during an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Azealia detailed how her MAC lipstick is a physical representation of her "Yung Rapunxel" alter ego.

"When I first started wearing long weaves – this was when I was about 16 and worked at Starbucks and could afford it, [because] before that, my parents wouldn't let me! – I bought this 24-inch-long weave. And you could not tell me that I was not the sexiest sh*t ever. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, look at me.' And I started calling myself Rapunzel; when I wrote '212,' I randomly added the 'Young' to it. Sometimes when you're writing, ideas just spring up randomly, and I realized 'Yung Rapunxel' sounded so cool.

"'Yung Rapunxel' represents what I'm all about: being myself, no matter what it costs. Yung Rapunxel is that girl who pisses people off but doesn't really mean to. She's actually a sweetheart! But people are so taken aback that she's so herself; she's not even trying to be unique or different. She literally just lives in her head; she does what she wants to do. So, the lipstick is here for someone who is happy to be themself."

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