Ariana Grande Sports Darker Skin On The Cover Of Vogue Magazine And We Have Questions

July 10, 2019  |  

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Ariana Grande is no stranger when it comes to making headlines. This year alone the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist became the youngest female to headline Coachella, had a few chart-topping hits, and positioned herself as an advocate for women’s rights. Adding another notch under her belt, Grande served face as the covergirl of Vogue Magazine’s August 2019 issue. Clad in an oversized black hat, the songbird looked noticeably darker.

Grande has always been one of those racially ambiguous artists that made music that could reach all genres of music. On several occasions I’ve questioned whether she was mixed or just a white woman with pronounced melanin in her skin. After some research, I learned that Grande was born in Florida. She eventually relocated to California as her career began to take off. Both of her parents are of Italian descent. While caucasians can range in color, Italians are typically known for their darker skin.

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For a woman who recently turned 26 and is enjoying the most successful chapter of her career, it has also been a spectacularly, and publicly, brutal couple of years for @arianagrande. “I’m a person who’s been through a lot and doesn’t know what to say about any of it to myself, let alone the world. I see myself onstage as this perfectly polished, great-at-my-job entertainer, and then in situations like this I’m just this little basket-case puddle of figuring it out.” She laughs through her sniffles. “I have to be the luckiest girl in the world, and the unluckiest, for sure. I’m walking this fine line between healing myself and not letting the things that I’ve gone through be picked at before I’m ready, and also celebrating the beautiful things that have happened in my life and not feeling scared that they’ll be taken away from me because trauma tells me that they will be, you know what I mean?” Read the full August cover story in the link in our bio. Photographed by #AnnieLeibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, written by @robertjhaskell, Vogue, August 2019.

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Still, Grande’s skin seems to get darker as her career gets bigger. Fans took notice when Vogue posted their latest cover girl. One person wrote, “Why is she brown?” Another person joked, “Africana grande.” “Why tf does she look like a woman of color tho? Chill with the tanning Ari,” suggested another Instagram user. Some think this is a classic case of blackfishing, and others feel its an innocent addiction to spray tanner. The world’s infatuation with having darker skin should be admirable but in truth, it presents a problem when we are still battling injustice and inequality because of our skin color. To some, its just a tan. For others, it represents how much our skin and culture is acceptable on everyone else but us.

Whatever the case is, there’s a noticeable difference between Grande in 2010 and Grande in 2019. Take a look at her complexion evolution on the flip.

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