Where Ariana Grande goes, her power ponytail follows. And though it’s obscured by an enormous Eric Javits hat on the cover of Vogue’s August issue, it’s out in full force in the accompanying Annie Leibovitz spread. Not to mention, whipping—and floating—around in her new “In My Head” cover video. Yes, the 26-year-old pop superstar’s signature updo is synonymous with her persona. But, just like her four-octave vocal range, it’s far from one note.
Over the years, Grande has fastidiously added flair and nuance to her calling card hairstyle. As it moved to and fro behind her during her 2016 American Music Awards performance, she accented her sleek, high-slung pony at the base with a gilded hair cuff, while on the opening night of her Sweetener world tour, she wove three rows of glimmering hair rings from the ears to the crown. Beyond twinkling embellishments, Grande has added trompe l’oeil fringe and oversized bows to the mix, as well as sporting lived-in dark roots and interminable frosted lengths on more than one occasion. But even as it shifts in shape, size, and color, Grande’s chameleonic ponytail—adorned or on its own—is always unmistakably her own. In honor of her first Vogue cover, here, a look back at each time Grande has reimagined her trademark look.
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