Ariana Grande is a beautiful doll. A doll with ten pounds of extensions, weaves and wigs. A doll that will only consent to being photographed on its left side. A doll with a decent voice. A doll that sings off-key a little bit live. Still, Ariana is a thing a now and she’s skyrocketed to fame relatively quickly (within a year, basically). Ariana is still promoting her new album and all of her singles (which are all charting). Time Magazine sat down with Ariana to talk about the album, emojis, club dancing and more. Some highlights:
Her dance moves in the club: “It’s hard to describe it. There’s a lot of strutting to the beat. There’s a lot of sitting down and leg-kicking and voguing and posing and hair flipping involved.”
The emoji that reflects her the most: “There’s a brunette, severed head with the driest expression of all time on her face, and I really like that one. I feel like I relate to it. After that, I put the thinking bubble emoji followed by the boy emoji so it’s girl-thinking-of-boy. I really like that combination. There’s a navy blue square with stars in it, and it’s supposed to look like the universe. I really like that one as well.”
Whether she orders the ‘grande’ size at Starbucks: “No, sometimes I get that venti, you know? Some days that’s what you need in your life. I love soy lattes. Obviously I don’t have dairy because I’m a vegan, but they taste out of this world to me.”
Remembering the ‘90s (she was born in ’93): “No, I remember so much. That was such a vivid time. I was obsessed with Missy Elliott, TLC and Eminem. Everything was so great. Nickelodeon had the best shows and the toys were dope and at P.E. time we had all the right things. I was a ‘90s kid, but I was alive, I remember things. Cartoons were great, music was great, the trends were mortifying.”
She absolutely curses: “I absolutely do. I’m Italian! I wish I could less. But I don’t know why people are so shocked by me. I guess it’s because of the character I played so long being such a goody two-shoes. But I also think that people have a misrepresentation of me as a person because I’m friendly and I like to meet people and I like to talk to people and make people laugh. Sometimes people can confuse my niceness for weakness in a way — or ditziness or stupidity. But it doesn’t go hand-in-hand in that way, you know what I mean?… When people are shocked when they see me curse, I wish they knew my sense of humor. I have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy. It’s very crude. When I was 7 years old, my mom took me to see Rocky Horror. That’s just how my family is. We’re just this Italian family that loves slightly raunchy humor. Everyone sees Frankie on Big Brother, they get the idea.”
Her description of her club dancing is… probably very accurate. And funny. One of things I noticed about her VMA performance – beyond the LEFT SIDE problem – was that she’s not actually a dancer. That’s why there are so many fast edits in all of her videos. Chica has no rhythm, no dance skills. Which is fine, not every pop star has to be a killer dancer, but she shouldn’t make videos where she has to pretend to dance. And she definitely shouldn’t do performances where she tries to dance.
Photos courtesy of WENN.