Banned Azealia Banks' controversial Dazed & Confused cover released online
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Banned Azealia Banks' controversial Dazed & Confused cover released online

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Aug 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM PDT
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Azealia Banks’ cover of the latest issue of British fashion magazine Dazed & Confused has been making headlines since it was banned in seven countries for being too risqué. And now the magazine has released the controversial cover image on the internet.

A new issue of Dazed & Confused magazine featuring Harlem-born rapper Azealia Banks made a stir after it was labeled scandalous and banned in no less than seven countries. The magazine features a picture of the 21-year-old rap sensation with an inflated raspberry colored condom between her lips. She appears to be smoking the blown-up condom like a cigar.

Accompanying the racy photo is the headline: "Azealia Banks Blows Up". The September issue of the alternative fashion Bible has been banned in Singapore, Dubai, Malta, Switzerland, India and Thailand because it is deemed very provocative.

According to reports, the editor of the magazine, Rod Stanley, said he knew the cover would hit the headlines.

“Azealia liked it, and we thought it would be fun and suited her because she’s a strong, provocative character. I knew this cover would be talked about, but didn’t expect a confident, young woman posing with an inflated condom to cause this much fuss,” Stanley told reporters.

He continued, “It’s funny that in a world where extreme images are so accessible, someone posing with something that is used for safe sex is what we get worked up about.”

Bisexual rapper Azealia Banks has been in the limelight ever since her video for the single "212" hit the internet and gained over 27 million views on YouTube. On the cover of Dazed & Confused's latest issue, the performer gives a captivating and sexy look with her bright blue and purple extensions, bold eye makeup and a sleeveless leather jacket.

Inside the pages of the fashion magazine, Azealia Banks opens up about her troubled childhood, revealing that she had problems with her mother. The singing sensation insists that her family was not short of money, saying, “We grew up in the hood, but we had some money. But I moved out when I was 14 to go live with my older sister, because my mom just had, well... issues.”

Azealia Banks goes on to say that after the death of her father, following a hard battle with pancreatic cancer, her mother became both physically and verbally abusive.

“Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly,” she reveals, adding that she was two at the time.

The rapper, whose fan base includes famous celebrities like Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow, also recalls one incident when her mother “threw out all the food in the fridge, just so we wouldn’t have anything to eat.”

The YouTube star recently admitted she was bisexual when she spoke out about her sexuality in an interview in the New York Times.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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