As elderly people, we really have no interest in Ariana Grande and we’re pretty sure she’s fine with that. But as fashion and pop culture bloggers, we do try and keep up with things. We’ve been working for the longest time to come up with an opinion on her and can’t seem to.
Ariana Grande covers the February 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine photographed by Matt Jones.
On being a positive role model: “I think I’m an old soul. What excites younger people doesn’t excite me… I’m kind of a boring, normal girl who likes Harry Potter and to sit in her pajamas and sing. A lot of my friends are partiers, but I’ve never really clicked with that. I like Barbra Streisand, and when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up? That’s kind of the road that I, as a lady, would like to go down.”
On dealing with her Twitter haters: “Oh, they’re evil as hell! I don’t even block them anymore, because I feel like it’s giving them negativity in return. So I just let it happen and forgive them and move on. Those people are fighting their own battles.”
But isn’t she kind of designed to prevent the forming of strong opinions? Like a lot (all) of celebrities engineered for and marketed to the tween n’ teen crowd, she seems very much a product and not a person. The person part comes later, when her audience grows up and starts getting an education and she realizes two things: that she needs to reinvent herself to keep them interested and damn, it would have been nice to get an education. Look at Miley. Look at the Olsen twins. Look at Britney or Justin or Christina. She’s toothachingly sweet and twee, but somehow she doesn’t bother us on that front as much as someone like Taylor Swift does. We’re just glad she’s not dressing like a cartoon version of a 12-year-old, which seemed to be her thing for a while. The last outfit’s kind of what you’d expect from her but the cover outfit and the second one look fantastic.
Full disclosure: OMG SQUEE!!!!!!!!
[Photo Credit: Matt Jones for Cosmopolitan Magazine]