Ariana Grande‘s latest single has only been out for a few hours, but it’s already creating quite the fuss.The pop star dropped her latest single, “God Is a Woman,” late Thursday night, and the song has quickly riled up some Christians who find the title’s gender implication to be offensive. Others, however, haven’t been bothered by that — they’re too fixated on Grande’s racy makeover for the single’s cover art.
A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jul 12, 2018 at 9:00pm PDT
The newly engaged singer appears nude and covered only in purple, blue, and pale yellow body paint in the promotional materials for “God Is a Woman,” whose video is expected to be released later on Friday.
Fiancé Pete Davidson was among the first to rave about the former Nickelodeon star’s provocative look, gushing “YUM YUM YUM” on her Instagram.
Queer Eye co-host Tan France dubbed the image “stunning,” while fashion designer Jeremy Scott called her “GOOOORRRRGEEOUUSSSS.” Others were eager to copy the look.
I’m about to run to get some lilac body paint
— Jocelyn ♡ (@sipstea_smg) July 12, 2018
Im gonna flaunt the same body paint u have soon
— kate. (@grandiosekid) July 13, 2018
But not everyone was feeling the body paint.
One fan’s message that Grande looked “like a god” was slammed by commenters upset by the song’s religious metaphor, while a body-shaming troll mocked her “flat” chest. Another fan tweeted that posing without clothes and wearing body paint was “below” the singer’s talents.
Really I don't know what to think. She is pretty and I am sure the song is good but I don't know about the artwork. She doesn't have to do the body paint to sell a song. She has the voice so I think this is unnecessary.
— Jenifer Wetle (@lucky_ducky101) July 13, 2018
But it doesn’t sound like Grande has any regrets, according to this response to a fan. Nothing a long shower can’t handle!
it was so fun n i loved the colors so much the artist who did it is named Alexa Meade . she’s so incredible https://t.co/2NaBqbcbmv
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 12, 2018
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