Ariana Grande seems to have enjoyed a close relationship with her fans since the very beginning of her career. The singer has not missed a moment to let her fans know where she stands on certain issues or to share her comments, updates, and feelings in general with them on social media.
“I love meeting y’all out and about," Grande wrote. "It makes me so happy! But it makes me so sad when y’all don’t put your faces in the photos or put emojis over your faces or ask to not be in them!”
Grande is referring to a recent "trend" in which her fans have been posting selfies with her and only her after they modify the photo without themselves in it, because they are not proud of their appearances at the time the photo was taken or feel self-conscious of how they look next to the popular singer. One fan and Twitter user, @gomezshavana posted a cropped selfie showing just Grande with the caption, "Can we just appreciate how perfect Ariana looks in this selfie I have with her I look so cropped myself out."
Grande decided enough was enough of seeing these cropped fan-less selfies (after all, there are enough pics of famous people, right?), so she decided to start a movement within her fans to get them in a more confident headspace. The internet can be a cruel place these days and it's understandable that people might be nervous posting photos of themselves for all to see... and possibly make fun of... and possibly make memes of, but Grande wants her fans to feel good about themselves and carry their heads high. Getting her fans to start posting selfies with themselves required a positive pep talk first.
“You show me so much unconditional love all the time no matter what TF I look like," the singer posted to Instagram. "You deserve to show yourselves that same kindness. Please learn to give that to yourselves. You will get there and you deserve it and I love you the very same way!”
And that's how the hashtag "#Selfies4Ariana" was born. Now, fans are posting proudly without cropping and not looking back.
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