The Inspiration for Ariana Grande's Billboard Cover

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Did you see Ariana Grande’s amazing cover for Billboard Magazine? Get the scoop on what her space-age look is all about.

Aug 20, 2014 | 11:43 PM

The current issue of Billboard Magazine features Ariana Grande as their cover girl. In the amazing photo, Grande is covered in polka dots...with a '60s-inspired space helmet. So, what’s that about?

The Jane Fonda-esque design was done by “The Kids” or, Sammy and Judy. Hollywood Reporter asked the styling duo what their inspiration was.

The duo said: "Before we started, me, Judy, and Ariana went over some images from the '60s...There was one that captured our eye—a lot of those '60s mod girls wore those space helmets, but in fashionable prints, so we decided to do a polka dot theme. And our friend Bryan [Hearns] makes cool one-of-a-kind dresses, so he helped us make the dress and the helmet for her."

This sort of take on the cover was appropriate considering Grande’s love of retro music.

She told Billboard, “I have an obsession with all things vintage and classic and old-school, everything from Marlene Dietrich to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to Connie Francis. My grandpa was always telling me I should sing songs from the Great American Songbook."

Given that Grande is part of the future of pop, this 1960s space-age look is perfect for the sensibilities of someone who looks to the past for inspiration.

Read the full story at Billboard, and let us know in the comments below: What do you think of Grande's cover?

Cover image credit: Billboard

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