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Azealia Banks’ Dazed & Confused cover sparks controversy


Brogan Driscoll
WVoN co-editor 

The photo of rapper Azealia Banks on the cover of the September issue of Dazed & Confused magazine has polarised opinion.

Showing the Harlem born singer smoking a bright pink condom as though it were a cigar with the headline “Azealia Banks Blows Up”, the photo has been banned in seven countries to date.

Dazed magazine Tweeted: “Just been told our upcoming @AZEALIABANKS cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?”

The artist, who rose to prominence earlier this year following the international success of her single 212, has a reputation for being sexually outspoken and coining the term “kunt” – the plural of which is “kuntz”, in case you’re wondering.

Does her confidence in her sexuality – on the Dazed cover, in her lyrics and in her performances – show her reclaiming a sexual space hitherto reserved exclusively for men, pornography and private spaces?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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