Hey everyone! I love to make blog posts about people who inspire me. I've already done Audrey Hepburn and Zendaya, so next on my list is Ariana Grande. And no better time as she just released her new single No Tears Left To Cry, which is amazing if you haven't listened to it already.
I've been a fan of Ariana for many, MANY years now. The first time I heard of Ariana was when I watched her on a Nickelodeon show called 'Victorious', where she played to role of Cat Valentine. So before I started listening to her music I was already a big fan. The first Ariana songs I ever listened to were The Way and Popular Song, and I instantly LOVED them. I remember being at a summer camp listening to both songs on repeat one after the other. I really connected to her music, and I still do to this day.
In 2012/2013 Ariana had a very girly and vintage style, and that was when I first saw her as a style icon. I was around ten at the time, and I was heavily influenced by her style.
She always wore her hair in the iconic Ariana Grande half up half down ponytail and crop top/ skater skirt combo, which flooded the internet in forms of tutorials teaching us how to recreate her style. She had a very 'sweet' and 'feminine' style which was right up my alley around that time. She always wore a lot of floral patterns which were the easiest to recreate, so that is what you used to see me wear most often. Although I didn't have...ahem... much style, I still had a lot of fun being inspired by my idol. Here is a few foetus photos of me as proof!
In 2014 is when she began to move away from the floral dresses and adopted a more school girl/ sultry look. Usually she wore plaid skirts and thigh highs. But she still didn't leave her floral style behind, her look just began to mature as her music did too. This was the year she released her My Everything album, which includes songs like Problem, One Last Time, Break Free, and my personal favourite from the album Break Your Heart Right Back.
Her style continued to develop through 2015, slowly changing, but not drastically. This was the year she released her lipstick with Mac, which was the first Ariana Grande product I ever bought. That single lipstick also kicked off my obsession with lipstick, so I have her to thank!
In 2016 she released her Dangerous Woman album and completely changed her style. It didn't really have that super girly and youthful edge to it anymore. The half up half down ponytail was officially brought to an end and replaced with a long high ponytail, shortly followed by a fringe.
2016 was also the year she was in Scream Queens playing the role of Chanel #2. This is when I was really drawn back into the super girly style. As were many others after watching the show.
In 2017 she went on her Dangerous Woman tour, which I was lucky enough to see. It was so incredible seeing my idol in real life and getting to hear her music live. This was the year her onstage style changed the most. And as usual she looked amazing.
Ariana Grande has always been very influential, even more so after the One Love Manchester concert where people gathered to show their love and support. For a while Ariana remained a bit inactive on social media, until she came back again with a bang and a whole new style in December. Following that, yesterday she showed off her new style (including silver hair), in her new music video.
I can proudly say that I always have and I think I will always be an Ariana Grande fan. I've always turned to her for hair, makeup and style inspiration. Furthermore, I've always connected to her music and every song she releases means a lot to me. Hence, I was so excited when she released No Tears Left To Cry. I've linked the video so you can listen to it here. XX
I hope you've enjoyed this blog post, and this little series I'm doing on my personal icons. Thank you so much for reading.