I’m all for beauty signatures: It’s one of the fastest ways to gain recognition as an individual, especially if you’re a burgeoning celebrity. Where would Brigitte Bardot be without her bump? Farrah Fawcett, her feathery flip?
Then there’s Ariana Grande, the 20-year-old pop starlet who, admittedly, I had never heard of until she did that pre-show performance at the 2013 VMAs. Since then, she’s shown up on a float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performed at a zillion radio station holiday shows and even landed herself a Cosmo cover. She’s cute, bubbly and according to Wikipedia, she has a four octave vocal range. Also, her hair is always the same. And it is always SUPER WEIRD.
Seriously, can we talk about this for a minute? It’s like she barrel curled her whole head and then got restless with it, so she combed down her bangs, slicked back the top, and fastened it into a lopsided half-ponytail with a Goody hair tie and some bobby pins. It’s got incredible body and bounce and texture and shine — but it’s so Barbie’s-kid-sister it hurts. And photo research shows that Grande has donned the head-scratching hairdo no fewer than 15 times in the last two months alone (see above graphic for the awful proof) — wearing it everywhere from award ceremonies (ie, the Grammys, the EMAs, the AMAs, etc) to airports.
Again: Beauty sigs? Yes! But why a young lady with fantastically glorious hair would continue to subject it to the same bizarre Three’s Company situation is beyond me. You have options, girl! And potentially a hair care contract waiting in the wings. A little braid or bun or — hey! Why not a bob? — never hurt no one.