It has been a record-breaking year for Ariana Grande, and it’s not even March. The 25-year-old pop diva smashed streaming records with her fifth studio album Thank U, Next, and managed to claim all top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a feat only previously accomplished by The Beatles.
Now, Grande has a brand new broken record to revel in — the star recently surpassed Selena Gomez as the most-followed woman on Instagram, and is now only behind Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s plain to see why the “Thank U, Next” singer toppled Gomez’s record; Grande’s presence on the social media site is constant and clever.
From behind-the-scenes photo shoots to heartfelt messages, here are 15 of Ariana Grande’s most iconic posts on Instagram.
15. She Doesn’t Give a Puck
Sometimes the best posts are the ones that are meant to become memes. Grande leaned into the comedy when she posted this news story from when she was struck by two hockey pucks at age five, giving fans the perfect opportunity to edit and repost this glorious photo.
14. She Can See Your Halo
Even before releasing her now-iconic video for “God Is A Woman,” Grande made sure her fans got to see some behind-the-scenes looks at the massive production, including this incredible gem.
When Grande said that her choreography from her VMAs performance of “God Is A Woman” worked with any song, it turns out she wasn’t kidding. This hilarious video perfectly demonstrates how even Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” fits into the sensual number.
12. A Very Zoolander Halloween
While many celebrities love to celebrate Halloween every year, Grande and the late Mac Miller stepped their game up when they nailed their looks as Mugatu and Katinka from the classic 2001 comedy Zoolander.
11. Keeping it (Body) Positive
Back in 2015, Grande took a stand against online trolls who were making fun of her thin figure by posting this incredible rant about body positivity and unrealistic beauty standards, telling her fans to celebrate the way their bodies were made.
10. Just Keep Teasin’ and Teasin’ and Teasin’
Just before the upside-down text era of her social media before the release of “No Tears Left to Cry,” Grande gave her fans a little something to hold onto at the end of 2017, sending out this working clip from her song “Get Well Soon” to tease her upcoming album Sweetener.
9. Puppy Love
While Grande posts often about her love of her many dogs, this post from 2016 is one of the few where we get to see most of them together. What a bunch of good boys (and girls).
8. From Ariana, To Manchester
Following the horrific bombing at one of her concerts in Manchester, England, Grande had the unenviable task of having to speak to her fans after the tragedy. But her lengthy Instagram message showed the star’s dignity and grace, as she mourned the loss of her departed fans, while giving the rest of them a reassuring look forward.
7. Second to Nonna
There is clearly no one on this earth Grande adores more than her Nonna, as perfectly displayed in this adorable video of the pair dancing together.
6. Wonder Woman
Grande has made it clear over the years that she is a woman who takes charge. That certainly didn’t change in January 2017, when she posted a pic of her participation in the historic Women’s March in Washington D.C.
today filled my heart with so much hope !! got to meet many beautiful, passionate people and march alongside my loved ones. the sun came out for us. we are so much stronger and louder than hatred, ignorance, sexism, racism, agism, homophobia, transphobia, body shaming, slut shaming, prejudice, discrimination of all kinds, patriarchal conditioning and the backwards expectations of what a woman should be! I’m so proud of / inspired by everyone who marched today and thankful that there are so many people on this planet currently celebrating how brilliant and magical women truly are! let’s keep our voices loud, passionate & peaceful! let’s continue being strong for each other and to build each other up! let us stay connected to our divinity. –?–
5. A Supportive Sis
The star has been a constant supporter of her older half-brother Frankie Grande, and that especially went for this cute photoshoot she did with him following his 6th-place stint on Celebrity Big Brother UK.
4. God *Been* A Woman
Long before she ever made her cameo in Grande’s iconic “God Is A Woman” video, Madonna invited the starlet onto the stage during her Rebel Heart tour. It’s clear just from the photo how blessed she felt in that moment.
3. Ponytail as Old as Time
Grande’s signature high ponytail has been a part of her brand since she started on Nickelodeon. But in 2019, she’s clearly experimenting with new looks, as can be seen in this bubly new style, which fans immediately started meme-ing the moment she shared it.
2. Humble Beginnings
There’s a lot of ways a celebrity could start off their Instagram following, but Grande did it right — the singer posted a simple shot with her now-departed grandfather, showing us that there’s more important things in life than an online brand.
1. Gone, But Not Forgotten
After Mac Miller’s tragic death in September, Grande took to her Instagram to pay tribute to her former lover. Writing a sweet message about her time with him, Grande also shared an old video of the rapper telling a story before realizing he was being filmed and broke out laughing; it was the perfect way for Grande to memorialize her memories with Miller.
i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest.