Ariana Grande is suing fashion retailer Forever 21 for $10 million. Her accusation is that Forever 21 has stolen Grande’s “name, likeness and other intellectual property.” This comes after Forever 21 has tried to reach an endorsement deal with Grande, who deemed the deal not good enough. Grande also claims the company hired a look-alike model to wear sports clothes and accessories that appear just like those worn by Grande in her videos. A Forever 21 spokesperson said that the company will dispute the lawsuit, but because the company is still after an agreement with the pop star, they also added they’re huge supporters of her.
Ariana Grande’s big summer rolls on. Fresh off a couple awards at the VMA’s, the pop star released a new line of perfume, named after her hit song “Thank U Next”. Right now the perfume is available exclusively on Ulta.com before its September release in Ulta Beauty stores. It will also be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Ms. Grande is no stranger to the fragrance game, she won an award for her fragrance Cloud and now brings her hit phrase ‘Thank U Next’ into the beauty game. It has been regarded as the phrase of the year as it captured the current mood; “moving on and taking control in a self-affirming way.”
Building a product around a phrase she made so famous is a smart business move that helps its legacy to grow. Grande explains, “I wanted to make a fragrance that smells related to my first fragrance Ari, but more summery. So, I revisited Ari’s fruity pear and raspberry notes and changed it up by adding some coconut. I was inspired to design a bottle that represented the message of my song – the emergence of the perfume from the broken heart represents moving forward from a challenging chapter.” After she dropped Thank U Next, it hit over 55 million views on You Tube within 24 hours which was a record in itself. Ariana Grande’s fans run deep, so expect her perfume to take off much like her song did.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2000
J. Lo and Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2000
Eva Longoria and Nelly in 2005
Kanye West and Alexis Phifer in 2007
Kristen Stweart (Twilight) and Michael Angarano in 2008
Kanye West and Amber Rose in 2009
Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa in 2014
Nick Jonas and Olivia Culpo in 2014
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez (multiple broke ups in 2017)
Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson in 2018
Ariana Grande is about to work with Jim Carrey and she’s thrilled about it. The two will be working together on the second season of Kidding, a major Showtime drama series where Grande will be playing a guest role. She announced her role in a recent Instagram post that featured a black and white photo of Jim Carrey hugging the popster. Grande described herself as speechless about the news she would be working on the project; she also said that she adored Jim Carrey ever since she was a little kid. She described Carrey as being more special, warm and generous in person than she ever imagined he could be. Season two of “Kidding” will premier on November 3rd. Though it is about the host of a kid TV show, it is not for kids.
Recently over Instagram, Ariana Grande made an inappropriate joke about JonBenét Ramsey, a six year old who was murdered in her home 23 years ago. The incident started when her friend Douglas Middlebrook made an Instagram post showing a photo of the victim with a caption saying, “No One Has Done More Covers.” Grande bantered back saying to Middlebrook “I can’t wait for this to be your Halloween costume.” Middlebrook jokingly replied, “Working on it already.” The comments and the post were quickly deleted after they realized how socially offensive they were, but not before many of Grande’s fans were angered by the comment. Grande apologized and thanked her fans for keeping her in line.
Her fans were correct in their criticism, but given that Ariana was three years old when the event happened, the significance of it may not have been foremost in her mind. Good that she withdrew the comments and apologized. Good example. Move on.