Ariana Grande Is Totally Unrecognisable In Vogue Makeunder
So what does it all mean?
Have you picked which pint-sized pop star is playing cover girl for the July 2018 issue of British Vogue? You might not recognise her. No winged eyeliner. No half-up-half-down ponytail. No spray tan. And those freckles peeking through -- they're new too.
In fact the whole pared-back look is new for Ariana Grande, and we love it.
ADORE it in fact. There she is in a Chanel autumn/winter 2018 lace dress with jewelled straps -- a youthful yet sophisticated choice -- with a tousled blonde mane and little else.
And that's the crucial -- and exciting -- part of her cover look. Her trademark full-face of make up is gone. In its place is a barely-there glow. A swipe of mascara. A nude lip. And just a hint of shimmer. She's less made up but somehow more grown up.
We can't skim past those adorable freckles dotted across her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. Girl must be taking tips from our new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. And it appears that like her freckles Grande, 24, is ready to let a lot of other once-hidden aspects of herself shine through.
Her fourth album Sweetener -- due out later this year -- is set to be the "Side to Side" singer's most personal yet. And considering the past year, we kind of understand why. On May 22, 2017 a suicide bomber detonated an explosive killing 23 and injuring more than 500 people after Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in the UK. Most of the victims were young people.
Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman tour for a month or so then threw herself back into work. She recruited fellow stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry to perform at One Love Manchester on June 4 which raised millions for the bombing victims and their families.
The ex-Nickelodeon star tells Vogue that although everyone thought she was "crazy" for completing her Dangerous Woman tour it was her way of coping. She opens up about experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder -- "My anxiety has anxiety" she quips.
This newfound vulnerability and introspection comes through on the first single from her upcoming album, "No Tears Left To Cry". The song lyrics -- and the music video -- celebrate resilience and triumph over sadness. Is this Grande's rebirth?
The Vogue coverline reads "The year that changed everything" which is an obvious reference to the difficult previous 12 months in Grande's life. But it could also hint at a positive and hope-filled year to come. Grande indeed seems stronger than ever.
With a new album on the way and a new love with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson -- it's tattoo official! -- things are looking pretty peachy for Grande. We're looking forward to seeing more of the singer's raw, stripped back side. But we wouldn't mind some winged eyeliner or a ponytail thrown in here and there.
Feature image: Instagram/@arianagrande