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Can You Guess Ariana Grande's Role Models?

Can You Guess Ariana Grande's Role Models?

Ariana Grande graces the cover of the newest issue of Billboard, out on news stands Friday, August 15th.

Check out who the 21-year-old singer named as her role models:

Helena Bonham Carter: Grande tells Billboard she took inspiration from cinema’s reigning goth queen as a child: “I was like a mini-Helena Bonham Carter.”

Freddy Krueger: “I always wanted to have face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around,” she describes of life growing up in Boca Raton, Fla. Aside from aping Freddy and Jason, Ariana was obsessed with an aquatic serial killer, too: “For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying.”

India.Arie: “When I was 14, I wanted to make a straight-up, like, India.Arie record,” she explains. “Something really soulful.”

Madonna: Okay, so a rising pop star idolizing Madonna isn’t shocking, but the worshipful tone she adopts when speaking of Her Madgesty is arresting. “She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension,” says Grande.

Marlene Dietrich: “I have an obsession with all things vintage and classic and old-school, everything from Marlene Dietrich to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to Connie Francis.”

FYI: Ariana is wearing a custom a 1960′s inspired look by Bryan Hearns.

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    The Kardashians…

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  • Arlene

    What complete scripted garbage.

  • Louse

    So one of her role models is a fictional pedophile with claws? she just sounds insane.

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  • Carlos

    Is SO funny how she not mention Mariah anymore on her “idols” questions. Is too clear that she dont wanna be compare to Mariah anymore, but honey that is almost imposible when you are almost a copy of her.

    You imited Mariah voice, style, and music. So… We all know she is your only inspiration.

    Find yourself girl!

  • Ryan

    This girl must be lost. Definition of “role model” from Google:

    role mod·el
    plural noun: role models; plural noun: rôle models
    a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated.

    Where’s Mariah? Her style, her collaborations, etc are reminiscent of Mariah. And Freddy Kruger? Really? She might as well say Satan.

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    Ariana Grande posing for Billboard Mag Cover