Parris Goebel tells US mag 'NZ has technology and stuff'
Kiwi choreographer Parris Goebel has done her bit to dispel some common misconceptions about New Zealand.
During an interview with Nylon Magazine, the 24-year-old dancer shared her take on what it's like to grow up in Kiwi land.
"We don't live in a cave. We have all the technology and stuff like that, but there's a lot of land," she said.
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"From where I'm from, it's kind of the main part of New Zealand. If you go for a drive, you would just see mountains and grass, and it's really pretty."
Goebel told the magazine that the "very few" New Zealanders make it big in the international entertainment industry, and added that "there's not really a pathway to become a successful entertainer" in a country so small.
Goebel, who is originally from South Auckland, soared to international fame after choreographing for some of the biggest names in music, including Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
Last week, Goebel received her first American Music Award nomination, for her efforts on Justin Bieber's dancehall-inspired Sorry music video.
"Funnily enough, I had two days to put (the video) together - treatment, choreography, find the location," she told the mag.
"They told me it was just going to be a lyric video, just a warm-up for the song. So I was like, 'Cool, I don't have to put too much effort in that, it's just a lyric video.' I just got a white room, called up my girls, and we made something really, really quick," she said.
"In two hours, we made something up, literally, and then when we went to film it, we didn't have really any clothes, and so I brought my whole wardrobe and just dressed up with girls. That's why it's all colourful and stuff, it's just my wardrobe. And we just went for it."
This isn't the first international accolade for the dancer, Goebel was first recognised for her work at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, receiving three nominations in total.
Goebel joins the likes of mega-stars Drake, Rihanna, Adele, Bieber, Beyonce and Selena Gomez, who are among this year's list of American Music Award nominees.