Ariana Grande, 30, finally opens up about her image after months of undergoing "anorexia" speculations on social media. In a recent video with Vogue, Ariana shows off her bare face while doing her skincare routine.
"I feel like my relationship to beauty has changed so much over the years," she reveals, "especially because I started so young. You know, being exposed to so many voices at a young age, and especially when people have, like, things to say about your appearance and stuff at a young age, it's like really hard to know what's worth hearing and not."
The "7 Rings" singer had her breakout role in 2010 at only 16, when she played Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's hit series Victorious. In 2013, Ariana released her first album, Yours Truly, further propelling her to stardom. The Wicked star explains that she used to hide behind makeup and used it as a disguise. The large hair and thick eyeliner were all ways she masked her authentic beauty. She continues, "But I think as I get older, I don't love that being the intention behind it anymore. I think of it as self-expression now and accentuating what is here."
"Our relationships to beauty are so personal. Like, we're here talking about beauty secrets. Isn't the secret that we all just wanna feel our best and to be loved?" she adds.
Ariana finally admitted to getting cosmetic work done, particularly her full pout, which many have witnessed grow in size in the past decade. "Full transparency, as a beauty person, as I do my lips, I've had a ton of lip filler over the years. And botox," she laughs. "I stopped in 2018 'cause I just felt so... too much. I just felt like hiding."
With teary eyes, Ariana shares how beauty was about "hiding," but she feels that that's no longer the case since stopping fillers and botox. "But I know for me, I was just like, 'Oh, I wanna see my well-earned cry lines and smile lines.' I hope my smile lines get deeper and deeper, and I laugh more and more. And I just think aging is like, such a, it can be such a beautiful thing."
I wanna see my well-earned cry lines and smile lines.
This transparency of celebrities opening up about their insecurities and candidness about getting work done is refreshing. Many young girls who see their favorite celebrities on the screen typically aren't aware that they got work done to reach their near-perfect image. When A-listers like Kylie Jenner or Ariana Grande are upfront about these things, it teaches women that the "unattainable" standards they see are usually achieved through procedures. But just as there's a trend in lip fillers and botox, perhaps we'll see a trend in women embracing the natural look – including the wrinkles and all the signs of aging.
"Now, might I get a facelift in 10 years? Might, yeah!" Ariana jokes
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