Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” video premiered mere hours ago, and we’ve been playing it on repeat ever since, but we STILL can’t get enough of the track (it’s catchy AF, sorry I’m not sorry) and its short film of a vid. We know we can’t be alone in this, so we’re serving up a piping hot helping of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the “Black Widow” set in this very special episode of House of Style.
The five-minute and 30-second mini-film is inspired by vintage kung fu flicks and Quentin Tarantino classics like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. It’s a mashup of cinematic references, starting you in a diner (with a cameo from Michael Madsen himself!) and then transporting you to a “dream reality world” where Iggy and Rita kick serious ass.
Sure, these two make it look like martial arts comes as second nature, but it actually took a lot of training to get those moves looking right. We saw that firsthand (and now you can, too!) when Rita let us into her rehearsal as she was learning and perfecting her fight choreography. And let me tell you, girl put in WORK!
For all the movement and general badassery of this video, these femme fatales needed threads to match. (Plus, if there’s one thing Iggy has become known for in these early days of her career, it’s her video wardrobes.) So, in keeping with Iggy’s vision of an alternate reality, the catsuits they wear are actually superhero versions of their wardrobe in the opening sequence: Iggy’s white waitress uniform and Rita’s low-cut red number.
The combined brainchild of Iggy, her stylist Alejandra Hernandez, and designer Marco Marco, the suits are made of super-stretchy skintight fabric that can stand up to their kung fu choreo and are meant to look, in Iggy’s words, “not like we were twins, but like maybe we were from the same kung fu training school or something.” The result is sleek, agile, and definitely dangerous. Also, I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m preeeeetty sure Beatrix Kiddo would approve.
Check out all the exclusive behind-the-scenes action yourself in episode two of this season of House of Style with Iggy Azalea!
A new season of House of Style is here with host Iggy Azalea. Watch brand new full episodes, plus check out behind-the-scenes photos, GIFs, and more at houseofstyle.mtv.com!