By Hayden Wright
There are few more celebrated or enduring hairdos in contemporary popular culture than Ariana Grande’s long, thick, sleek ponytail. Even dudes like Justin Bieber rock styles subject to the whims and trends of the day. But not Ariana—her luxurious, iconic style has the luster of a champion racehorse and the tension of an archer’s bow. That’s why the sudden shift to a new style shocked and amazed her fans on Instagram. Posted without comment, Ari gave her followers a glimpse of the future—and it’s bangs.
Before fans of the high pony go apoplectic, rest assured—the ponytail is still intact. Her new look just features a fringey forehead covering where there was once a hairline. Just like your college roommate, Grande is feeling young and free, ready to experiment with a new style. Did the gamble pay off? It’s too soon to say. For now, check out the bangs heard ’round the world: