Ariana Grande Is A Film Noir Star For ‘Complex’

Ariana Grande for ’Complex’ Magazine.
Photo: ’Complex’ Magazine

When we think of Ariana Grande, the first thing that comes to mind (after her multi-octave, mini-Mariah voice, of course) is her super-girly, vintage style. She’s like a tiny ‘50s housewife, but with way longer hair and way higher heels. The squeaky-clean starlet has never met a floral, a-line dress she didn’t like, which is why we ACTUALLY gasped out loud when we saw her new photos for Complex magazine. Grande channels gangster glam in the mag’s December issue and resembles a mob boss’ well-dressed wife or like, the deviant star of a film noir.

Ariana Grande for ’Complex’ Magazine.
Photo: ’Complex’ Magazine

The 20-year-old singer taps into her dark side for the dramatic shoot, which has her wielding a small, bedazzled faux handgun in most of the pics. (We’re shakin’ in our moto boots over here!) But despite the more mature imagery, Ariana says she’s not looking to convince people she’s grown up since her Victorious days. “It’s not something I think about, ’How can I show the world I’m grown up? I’m sexy or more mature.’ I don’t feel comfortable flaunting my body that much yet,” she says. “I don’t need to do that to show I’m grown up. I don’t want people to talk about my choices or how little I’m wearing. I just want the conversation to be about the music and what I’m creating.”

Regardless of her intentions, Grande sure looks like a grown-up inside the magazine. Trading her short, flouncy frocks for a full-length, black ball gown with white trim up top, Ariana is the picture of innocence—despite maybe having killed somebody earlier in the day. Or maybe she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time? That kind of thing happens, right? She sure doesn’t seem to be worried at the scene of the crime, as she cuffs the collar of her really great trench coat in a stunning black-and-white photo.

To see the rest of the pics from Ariana’s film noir shoot and read the full interview, head on over to Complex online.

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