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New year, new me. After spending much of 2017 out of the spotlight, Ariana Grande is ready to face the world again. And this time, she has a brand new look that is even leaving her most dedicated followers shook.
As the cover star of British Vogue’s July 2018 issue, the 24-year-old recently shocked fans when she ditched her signature high ponytail and trademark cat-eye makeup for something way more stripped down and au naturel. Dare we say: It was a whole new side of her we’ve never seen before!
Ariana Grande is back, and she’s blonder than ever.
The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer recently left fans shooketh when appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s July 2018 issue sans her signature brunette ponytail and cat-eye makeup. Ditching her trademark look for something more au naturel-looking, the 24-year-old graced the cover of the fashion magazine rocking long golden tresses and a smattering of freckles.
Kim Kardashian’s go-to hair guru Chris Appleton and celebrity makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo were the masterminds behind the pint-sized songstress’ new look.
The spread was shot by photographer Craig McDean, who had previously worked with the likes of Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, and Gael García Bernal.
“I’ve Never Seen You Like This”
Needless to say, many fans were shocked by the transformation. Most notably, Arianators were head-over-heels to see the starlet with honey-colored locks.
“THIS BLONDE SHADE LOOKS SO FUCKING GOOD ON HER OMFG @ArianaGrande love u so much babe,” @suchashawnn wrote on Twitter.
“can ariana grande be blonde and show her freckles forever? cause ughhh she looks more perfect than she already is,” @moonsumann remarked.
“I’m really living for the blonde hair and freckles @ArianaGrande,” @arianastourdate commented.
“Ariana Grande + Blonde hair = bomb @ArianaGrande Vogue shoot,” @audddyyyy tweeted.
“ariana grande with blonde hair down is a religion,” @jenniferxaugilera wrote.
“her beautiful bright smile, her dimple, her cute ‘babydoll’ tattoo, that gorgeous blonde hair, her freckles,” @skycloudgrande gushed. “ariana grande is out of this world and her beauty will be the death of me.”
Even Ariana’s new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, couldn’t contain his excitement over the dramatic makeunder.
“ummmmmm hi. I’m the luckiest contest winner ever,” he commented under a photo from the spread on Instagram.
“omg I’ve never seen you like this,” Katy Perry chimed in. “LOVE.”
“Omg my angel,” the model wrote.
“I legitimately thought this was Whitney Port from The Hills at first!” celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted.
As much as she was almost recognizable on the magazine cover, Ariana opened up more about the psychological changes she endured in the accompanying story. Discussing the bombing that ripped through her Manchester concert last year, the former Nickelodeon star revealed she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of the terrorist attack that left 22 dead and hundreds injured.
“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss. But, yeah, it’s a real thing,” she shared. “I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing. I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience – like I shouldn’t even say anything. I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”
While she did cancel nine dates on her Dangerous Woman Tour to deal with the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing, Ariana resumed her international trek after organizing the One Love Manchester relief concert. The benefit performance raised over $13 million for victims and their family.
In the revealing profile, the Victorious alum also spoke about her battle with anxiety since the tragedy. Still somewhat reluctant to discuss the incident, Ariana said there’s still a lot for her to mentally unpack.
“I think a lot of people have anxiety, especially right now,” she shared. “My anxiety has anxiety … I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been.”
Despite her struggles with anxiety, Ariana went on to record her fourth studio album, Sweetener, after returning to Los Angeles from tour. The decision, she said, was made because she had a tendency to bury herself in work.
“Everybody thought I was crazy when I got home and wanted to hit the ground running,” she recalled.
This May 22, on the one-year anniversary of the bombing, Ariana took to social media to pay tribute to those to passed away.
“I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” she tweeted alongside an emoji of a bee, a symbol of unity and defiance the city had adopted following the incident.