Ariana Grande is growing up, and at the same time, developing some feminist ideals that are making us absolutely love her.
Grande, a former Nickelodeon star who grew up in the spotlight, has had her fair share of embarrassing public moments, most notably that time she was caught on camera licking donuts on a store counter while saying, “I hate America.”
But she’s been quietly working on her new album for the past year, and if her latest interview with Billboard magazine is any indication, she’s done a lot of growing during her time outside of the public eye.
While the entire interview, though lengthy, is well worth a read, our favorite parts come when Grande supports her fellow female artist, Selena Gomez, who is often referred to in headlines not by her name, but as Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend.
“I’ll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name,” Grande says. “Call her by her name! I hate that. Like, I’m fuming. Sorry. You opened up… I need to take a sip of water and breathe. Don’t get me started on this shit.”
Grande has some of her own experience with this; since her breakup with Big Sean, she’s been attached to the rapper in headlines where she should have been standing on her own.
In her interview, Grande also comments on the show-biz double standard that praises men for their bodies, yet demands that women keep theirs covered.
“If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration,” Grande says.