By Alessandra Nava
Posted in Strip Generation
It’s still unbelievable to think about all the different transformations Ariana Grande had during her career, considering that she’s still in her 20s. The little girl from Boca Raton became a grown strong women that reached millions of other girls and boys all over the world to entertain them, but most of all to tell them her personal story, made of ups and downs. Here are 5 reasons why Ariana Grande is one of the most influential people for the younger generations.
- Small as David, strong as Goliath
Even though she’s not even 26, she’s already experienced so much in her life, both in her career and in her private life. From Broadway’s musical when she was just a little girl to the Nickelodeon’s sitcom “Victorious” back in her teenage years, she eventually gained a definitive huge popularity with her records, from the absolute hit “Problem” to the latest “Thank u, next”. She always opened up about love, starting from the big concert she organized in Manchester a couple of weeks after the terroristic attack that caused the death of 22 Ariana’s young fans, and many injred ones as well. During the performance, she shared the stage with Mac Miller, her former boyfriend who died from an overdose at the end of last year. Ariana wrote him a song (in “Thank u, next” she calls him “an angel”), adopted his dogs, and celebrated his love for life, music and his hidden sensitivity. She seems to grow stronger and stronger after any difficult step of her life, finding the perfect healing in love for her family, friends, and lovers.
- Fragile like a flower
Great power comes with great sensitivity, and that’s surely something that Ariana knows well. She isn’t afraid of showing her weakness and her mixed feelings, just like what she did at the Billboard Music Awards in December, when she received the Woman of the Year Award. She had just recently break up with her betrothed Pete Davidson and was still recovering from Mac Miller’s death, and she gave a beautiful speech in which she underlined the opposite directions that her life was taking. “I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life”, she said, also adding that she felt that prize was undeserved. Her striking sincerity, her broken voice and her eyes, veiled by a few upcoming tears, showed the world that she’s like anybody else.
- The change starts with you
Ariana uses her songs as a way to convey good messages and to work on herself first, as a sort of self therapy. Her latest discographic fatigue, “Sweetener”, is an autobiographical journey in her soul, a songs-diary in which she sings about surviving and willpower (“No tears left to cry”), hope (“The light is coming”, featuring her bestie Nicki Minaj), how to keep fighting (“breathin”), love and sex (“Sweetener”, “R.E.M”).“Thank u, next”, then, is a manifesto: she sings about her lost loves and she embraces the power of living and letting it go, without regrets, finally thanking herself for all the beautiful experiences of personal growth she had.
- Girl Power
Ariana is of course one of the new faces of freedom of expression, embracing the multi-faceted nature of a woman. In the “God is a woman” music video she depicts herself as a modern goddess of nature, representing that feminine power of creation that exists in all the natural elements. The final scene in which she recreates Michelangelo’s fresco of the Creation of Adam is a hymn to the beauty of women in every shape, color, age.
- Passion for Fashion
Last but not least, Ariana, like many others before, expresses herself through fashion and contributes to create new trends. Her insanely long pony tails, the eyeliner, the browny/creamy lipsticks, but also her passion for high heels and boyfriend jumpers worn as dresses… all this details took part in the creation of her own personal style, influencing the way of appearing of thousands of teenagers and grown ups who embraced her style.
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