With a 15-song set, Ariana Grande's highly anticipated album, Dangerous Woman made its debut on iTunes last night. Nicki Minaj, Future, and Lil Wayne are only a few of the many chart toppers Grande has collaborated with on her third studio album, which was inspired by her personal coming of age story.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Grande spills secrets about her relationship with back-up dancer Ricky Alverez and explains the inspiration behind her dominatrix-inspired black latex bunny suit.
But more importantly, the brunette beauty expressed her opinion on sexism in pop culture and defended her fellow female pop stars against an industry that has a huge double standard between male and female artists.
"If you're going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration," she said. "I will say it until I'm an old-ass lady with my tits out at Whole Foods. I'll be in the produce aisle, naked at 95, with a sensible ponytail, one strand of hair left on my head and a Chanel bow. Mark my words. See you there with my 95 dogs." Preach it sister.
The "dangerous woman" also frustratingly admitted that it pained her to see successful artists like Selena Gomez, defined by their ex boyfriends. "Don't get me started on that shit," she says. "I'll never be able to swallow the fact that people feel the need to attach a successful woman to a man when they say her name."
Grande went through a similar struggle after her break up with Big Sean. But through her unique persona and more importantly, her music, she has continued to embody her belief that every woman is in charge of her own sexuality. And we couldn't agree more.