Azealia Banks Calls Fashion Industry 'Fickle,' Warns Artists They 'Will Get Let Down'

Azealia Banks might be one of fashion's newest music obsessions--but the feeling is not mutual.
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Azealia Banks might be one of fashion's newest music obsessions--but the feeling is not mutual.
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Azealia Banks might be one of fashion's newest music obsessions--but the feeling is not mutual.

Speaking to online music magazine HYPETRAK in a video segment, Banks said, "If you place your faith in the fashion world you will get let down as an artist. You absolutely will get let down."

Despite the fact that she was embraced early on in her career by fashion VIPs like Karl Lagerfeld and Nicola Formichetti, and despite the fact that "212" was the unofficial anthem of fashion week a few seasons ago, Banks said all the attention was hurting--not helping--her music career.

"I think that too much fashion attention as an artist can actually smother you, and it can actually really, really distract form your music," the rapper said. "I almost got there with it where...I was this fashion darling. And I was putting out records and the only record anyone would listen to was '212,' that was the only Azealia Banks record people would listen to."

"You can very easily get sucked up by the fashion world," she continued. "Because they bring artists in to make themselves look a certain way. [But] then as soon as someone new comes up they've completely forgotten about you. They're so fickle, they've completely forgotten about you, and they completely disregard you."

Ouch. Sounds like Banks might have gotten burned by someone in the industry. But lest you think she's referring to Alexander Wang, whose T campaign she stars in, Banks said, "[Working with brands can hurt you] if it's not something that you really like. I really like Alexander Wang, I really shop at ASOS, so [working with them] makes sense."