There are celebrities who are feminists, and there are celebrities who are not feminists. There are even more celebrities — almost always young women — whom journalists ask whether or not they are feminists, and who quickly find out that it's a question designed to make them look stupid. Ariana Grande has continually offered peaks into her feminism instead of waiting to be prodded into it.
Consider her recent appearance on a California radio show. When the two typical radio meatheads conducting the interview asked her whether she'd choose to use makeup or her phone "one last time" (whatever that means), the singer effectively schooled them on the stereotypes young women face — specifically, in regards to unicorn emojis and using phones at the dinner table. If you were harboring any resentment towards her over the that pastry incident, this clip might help you get over it:
Then yesterday, an Instagram follower commented that they preferred Ariel Winter over Ariana Grande because "curves are sexy, sticks aren't." She replied with a giant note calling for self-love, embracing diversity, and celebrating others the way they are:
here we go again.... Sure I'm not the only 1 feeling this way today!! in case you need a reminder, you're beautiful pic.twitter.com/OPQIgzroEI— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 2, 2015
And two weeks ago, Ariana Grande's mom tweeted a photo of a magazine stand with a tabloid-laden "women's interest" section and a business- and science-replete "men's interest" section:
What's wrong with this picture?? pic.twitter.com/NJOi4sUyHs— Joan Grande (@joangrande) October 18, 2015
To which Ariana then replied:
@joangrande oh! so women are only interested in tabloids& if I want to read about cars, business, science I have to go to the MEN'S section?— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 18, 2015
It comes as no surprise to anyone who's been following her on Twitter or Instagram. There's a certain frenzied hopefulness to her messages, whether written in Notepad and then Instagram'ed, or through tweets and captions (she doesn't use Tumblr). This is the Instagram caption from yesterday, wherein she wouldn't accept comparisons to actress Ariel Winter:
to all humans, friends, lovers dealing with hate, "shine on"!! to everybody battling homophobia, racism, sexism, ageism, misogyny or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable or like you cannot be yourself. we're all one in the same & should be CELEBRATED FOR OUR DIFFERENCES AND THE THINGS THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE. the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can get rid of all this UGLY IGNORANCE. thank you, next.