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Ariana Grande Wears Socks 'N Crocs To Ensure No One Will Ever Steal Her Style Again

"I feel...so whole...so seen."

Ariana Grande is well-known for her distinctive style: sky high boots, gravity-defying ponytail, oversized sweater or dress and signature eyeliner flick. But with so many people recently coming for her look, Ari has taken matters into her own hands by incorporating a new statement into her wardrobe.

We’re talkin’ socks and Crocs. 

Oh god, no! Credit: Giphy

Yes, that’s right. Grande took to Instagram late last night to debut the meme-worthy combination paired with an oversized sweater and crossbody handbag. The singer reiterated her love of the look in BFF Courtney Chipolone’s Instagram story featuring the divisive shoes, captioned “never been more sure about a purchase.”

“I feel…so whole…so seen,” she added.

Last week, Ari made headlines when her team sued fashion label Forever 21 for ripping off her style with a “lookalike model.” There’s no doubt that Forever 21 took heavy inspiration from Grande and her music video for ‘5 Rings,’ but lawyers claimed the brand “could argue that they were simply mimicking a popular fashion trend and were protected by First Amendment rights.”

Let’s not forget about the hundreds and thousands of Ariana Grande fans who are replicating her style on a daily basis.

By stepping out in socks and Crocs, is Grande ensuring no one ever ‘steal her style’ ever again? Or are comfortable rubber shoes really squeaking their way into the mainstream?

Kendall seems to like them. Credit: Giphy

Grande is by no means the first celebrity to endorse Crocs. Post Malone has had multiple collaborations with the brand, and ambassadors include Drew Barrymore and Zooey Deschanel, just to name a few.

We might be giggling about Ari’s choice of footwear now, but who is to say we won’t all be wearing Crocs in a few months when they become the next hottest thing? Never say never.

WTF Is ‘Hot Girl Summer’ And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

An investigation.

If you fancy yourself a purveyor of fine Internet memes, you’d be well aware of a new term floating around the web. According to the Internet gods, we’re in the thick of Hot Girl Summer – or at least the United States is…and Australia is about to follow suit. So, what is it exactly?

A visual representation of Hot Girl Summer. Credit: Giphy

The term was originally coined by rapper Megan Thee Stallion in her track ‘Hot Girl Summer’ featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. It’s a bona fide banger with over 33 million streams, however careful analysis of the lyrics provides little insight into the phenomenon.  

“It’s a Hot Girl Summer, so you know she got it lit, yeah. Real a** b*tch, know she got it lit,” is just a taste. 

According to Know Your Meme, the phrase has taken on a whole new form since Megan Thee Stallion dropped her track. In May this year, Twitter user @sweetliketeaaa posted a selfie captioned, “I heard it’s a hot girl summer,” which set of a chain reaction of other social media users referencing the track.

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OK, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN!?

Please explain. Credit: Giphy

In an interview with the Root in June, Megan said, “It’s just basically about women – and men – just being unapologetically them, just having a good-a** time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got to say about it.”

“You definitely have to be a person that can be the life of the party, and, y’know, just a bad b*tch,” she said. 

Even Miley Cyrus has jumped on the bandwagon, captioning an IG pic of her thong-clad derriere with the iconic phrase. 

So, it’s simple, really. This Internet fad is all about living your best life and exuding self-confidence. Serious question: can it be Hot Girl Summer all year long?

This, all year long. Credit: Giphy

Ariana Grande Suing Forever 21 For 'Lookalike Model' Is A New Level Of Narcissism

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Ari.

Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed to Ariana Grande’s signature look: gravity-defying ponytail, winged eyeliner, cat ears, baggy jumper or dress and thigh high boots. But according to the chart-topping singer, the distinctive style belongs to her, and her only. 

We all know this look. Credit: Giphy

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21 for “tricking customers” into thinking she had endorsed the brand by using a model who looked “strikingly similar” to her. 

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Grande has taken particular issue with a series of posts on Forever 21’s Instagram featuring a “lookalike model” sporting a slicked back ponytail and wearing clothes similar to the ones the singer wore in the video for her song ‘7 Rings.’ 

According to CNN, Forever 21 had approached Grande to be part of an endorsement deal in late 2018 and early 2019, but she declined “due to Forever 21’s unwillingness to pay the fair market value for a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature.”

To make matters worse, Forever 21 even used lyrics from ‘7 Rings’ in the Instagram captions e.g. “Gee thanks, just bought it! Shop our favourite trend atm.”

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“The resemblance is uncanny and Forever 21’s intent was clear: to suggest to the viewing public that Ms. Grande endorsed Forever 21, its products, and was affiliated with Forever 21,” the lawsuit states.

There is absolutely no doubt that Forever 21 took major inspo for Grande’s look, but the singer’s legal team might not have such a strong leg to stand on. 

Professor Rothman told the New York Times that “Forever 21 could argue that they were simply mimicking a popular fashion trend and were protected by First Amendment rights.”

“We can imagine that teenagers who love Ariana Grande are looking at her Instagram, dressing up themselves, maybe wearing Forever 21 clothes and posting it on Instagram,” he said.

Rothman has a point. If Grande is suing Forever 21 for using a “lookalike model” she must also have a problem with the hundreds of thousands of teenage fans who follow her – and dress like her – every day. 

As much as Grande has the right to be part of a deal making money off her appearance, the whole lawsuit comes across as somewhat narcissistic. It’s a massive milestone in the fame game to have fans (and brands) inspired by your look, and it’s not like Grande hasn’t taken style cues from other celebrities.

Hm..Credit: Giphy

Last week, Forbes reported that Forever 21 was considering filing for bankruptcy after sales dropped by 20-25% last year. If Ariana Grande wins the lawsuit, will Forever 21 even be able to cough up?

You know what they say Ari: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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