Ariana Grande dropped her new music video “Positions” this morning and the entire production is, in a word, iconic. Set in the White House, each scene in the music video depicts a diverse, mostly-female staff lead confidently by President Ariana.
Like Hillary Clinton in an all-white pantsuit or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her hoop earrings, each of Ariana’s outfits was, in itself, an act of resistance. Her aesthetic was a crossover between her classically sexy style and the buttoned-up, polished persona we’ve come to expect from women in the White House. This contrast creates a powerful statement, as society often dismisses the ideas of women – especially women in government – if they dare to show an interest in their appearance or embrace their sexuality.
With every outfit choice – ranging from traditional Jackie O-inspired capes and pearls to items often seen as sex symbols, like platform stilettos and a lace bustier top – Ariana dismantles the sexist belief that a woman who embraces her sensuality is unworthy of being taken seriously. In reality, a woman’s outfit or her personal sexual choices in no way affect her ability to do her job and do it well.
If you watched “Positions” and thought Ariana’s costumes were nothing more than an insignificant series of design choices, you missed the point. Each outfit stands as an important reminder that women are allowed to be both sexy and smart – and doing so doesn’t invalidate her opinions.
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