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Vogue's Latest Cover Recognises The True Pop Diva, And It's Not Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande is a certified q-u-e-e-n. 

Many things have helped her achieve queen status: she’s got a killer voice, a kind disposition and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. 

But above all of those achievements sits one thing that helped Ariana reach the highest level of queendom: she is the proud mum of Toulouse. 

Toulouse is Ari’s pet dog and is a Beagle-Chihuahua mix. Just look at his lil’ face: 

Toulouse isn’t just the the crown jewel of Ariana’s life, he’s the real superstar here. So much so, that he just got his own Vogue cover. Because Vogue is where all the biggest stars in life go to get immortalised and Toulouse is up there with them, obviously. 

Look at him, the poser. He works that camera better than Ariana.

His ears are perfectly in line. The slight slant of his head makes him seem mysterious – what is he thinking? What is he feeling? His eyes say “I see you but I’m also picturing you as a juicy bone.” 

Toulouse was made for the model life and finally he got the recognition he deserves. 

Next up a pop single called ‘No Sticks Left To Throw’. It’s a working title. 

Madame Tussauds Nailed Ariana Grande's Wax Figure And Here's Why

Will the real Ariana please stand up?

Last week, Madame Tussauds London unveiled the latest victim in their real life House of Horrors.

Sorry, I mean they unveiled the latest celebrity to get a wax figure: Ariana Grande.

But, I have a question: what is Ariana’s ‘usual’. Is the version of herself she presents to the world the real her or just the version we’re most accustomed to?

We’re used to seeing Ariana with fake tan and over-lined lips. It can be easy to forget that she has worked to CREATE that persona; she has CHOSEN to ‘gangsta-fy herself.

Ariana has appropriated Black culture to created a bad girl, bad ass image that is far removed from her Caucasian roots and her early beginnings as a sweet school girl on a Nickelodeon show.

The change isn’t just visual, you can also hear it in her music. Her vocals went from Streisand-esque to more Mariah Carey, and her songs have become more ‘urban’ than ‘pop’.

It’s been slow and subtle transition. It’s one of those things that you notice but not consciously. Then someone highlights it and you wonder how you missed it.

Wax figure Ari looks like the younger, paler version of herself before she discovered weaves and started twerking on stage and dating rappers.

This isn’t the first time an artist has adopted aspected of Black culture to shed the squeaky clean image of their early years. Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, and more have emulated Black artists to create an edgier, more adult persona.

But it’s just that; a persona.

Madame Tussauds have stripped it all away and presented the public with a wax figure of the real Ariana Grande: singer, performer and white girl.

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