Ariana Grande is an amazing talent. The moment I saw her singing
over a Big Pun sample, the moment I watched a video of her rendition of
Emotions by none other than Queen Mariah, I was sold. The girl has pipes! Her
music is awesome too, but a lot of people focus more on her appearance than her
talent. She just turned 21 this summer and she got her career started on a
I've seen a lot of people refer to her as a "little
girl", and claim she needs to "grow up" before they can take her
seriously solely based on the way that she dresses.
In a society where women are scrutinized and expected to be sexy and thin, it
bothers me to see other women bash Ariana for her appearance. She may not have
long legs or wear a C-cup, but she's gorgeous in her own way. Ariana seems to
have a sweet spirit and she's uber talented, but people skip over all of that
just to talk about her appearance. Some of the very same women who preach about not
appeasing the male gaze rag on Ariana's appearance; including women I know. I
need all of the pots calling the kettle black to realize you contribute to the misogyny and patriarchy in today's society too.
She's a childhood star and she's only 21, so of course she's going
to explore her womanhood. God forbid any of you have daughters or sisters of
your own. Everybody isn't gonna be comfortable being "sexy", so
let them be!
I would rather Ariana rock her ponytail with her crop tops
and skater skirts and blow me away with her amazing voice than watch her conform for the sake of pleasing people who wouldn't support her talent anyway.
If you're one of those women who declare, "girl power" just to turn around and degrade women for not dressing
"grown" or "sexy" enough, you're part of the problem and you might as well find
a seat at the table with all the boys and men who do the same thing.
Self-esteem issues were serious when I was a kid, but these kids
have it ten times worse with cyber bullying among other things. Ariana may serve as an inspiration to some of these kids
to let them know that you can do whatever you want to do and not have to change
yourself to be successful. It may sound cliche, but it's true. If
you think about it, a lot of popular artists have had major success and they
didn't have a seat at the "cool kids" table starting out. They just did what felt comfortable to them.
Leave Ariana alone and worry about your own damn insecurities
before you start picking other people's lives apart. Pleasantries.