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40 interesting facts about Ariana Grande: Why she always wears the pony tail, what's her favorite color

Sep 22, 2014 02:33 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ariana Grande is a beautiful and talented actress and singer. Here are 40 interesting facts about this beauty.

  1. Her full name is Ariana Grande-Butera. She is of Italian descent and is half Sicilian and half Abruzzese. She was born on June 26, 1993.

  2. Grande's mother moved with her father from New York to Florida when she was pregnant with her and revealed that her parents split up when she was 8 or 9.

  3. Her parents chose her name for her after being inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat.

  4. She loves horror movies and says she can't get enough of them.

    Actress Ariana Grande from the Broadway Cast of '13' visits Planet Hollywood on October 30, 2008 in New York City.
    (Photo : Getty Images/ Joe Corrigan) Actress Ariana Grande from the Broadway Cast of '13' visits Planet Hollywood on October 30, 2008 in New York City.
  5. "My mom thought I'd grow up to be a serial killer because I wore Halloween masks around the house." She tries to go to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights every year.

  6. At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events.

  7. In 2008 while still in high school, she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award portraying the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 - her first show on Broadway.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the AFI FEST 2009 Opening Night Gala Screening of 20th Century Fox's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' at the The Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the AFI FEST 2009 Opening Night Gala Screening of 20th Century Fox's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' at the The Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
  8. One of her favorite board games is Monopoly and she says she never gets sick of them even though it's a long game.

  9. She played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV sitcom Victorious and later reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat - a role for which she had to dye her naturally brunette locks red.

    HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 28: Singer Ariana Grande and singer/producer Frankie Grande arrives at Hollywood & Highland Center and One Heartland's 'Holiday of Hope' tree lighting celebration on November 28, 2009 in Hollywood, California.
    (Photo : Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 28: Singer Ariana Grande and singer/producer Frankie Grande arrives at Hollywood & Highland Center and One Heartland's 'Holiday of Hope' tree lighting celebration on November 28, 2009 in Hollywood, California.
  10. She is now 100% vegan. Growing up, she said she mainly ate organic food and was a pescetarianism, which means she didn't eat any animals except for fish. However, now she is strictly vegan.

  11. Her favorite movie is Bruce Almighty.

    SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 14: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Make A Wish Foundation event hosted by Kevin and Steffiana James at Santa Monica Pier on March 14, 2010 in Santa Monica, California.
    (Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images) SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 14: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Make A Wish Foundation event hosted by Kevin and Steffiana James at Santa Monica Pier on March 14, 2010 in Santa Monica, California.
  12. Ariana is a huge hockey fan. She used to go to every home game of the Florida Panthers. She also kept getting hit with hockey pucks, which probably should have been a sign to stop going to every home game. When she was eight, she actually sang the National Anthem.

  13. Gloria Estefan once saw one of these shows, and told Ariana that she'll make it big one day. She predicted correctly.

  14. She has four pet dogs. They are all tiny dogs. Just in case you needed any more proof that she's from Boca.

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Actress and recording artist Ariana Grande visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studios on March 19, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Actress and recording artist Ariana Grande visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studios on March 19, 2013 in New York City.
  15. Her iconic ponytail is to hide hair loss. For her role in Victorious, she used to dye her hair red on an almost weekly basis. This resulted in some unexpected hair loss. "I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years." Grande also revealed that she wears extensions in a pony tail and prefers to have brown hair.

  16. Grande spent three years recording her debut album, Yours Truly. She completed the album in June 2013, originally titled Daydreamin, and was released on August 30, 2010. In January 2010, it officially debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart-with 138,000 copies sold in its first week-making Grande the first female artist, since Kesha, to have her first album debut atop of the charts-and the fifteenth female artist overall.

  17. She's the first female artist to have her first two albums debut at number one since 2010. Susan Boyle was the last woman to have earned this honor. The two ladies, along with LeAnn Rimes, are also the only ones to have more than one best selling album in less than a year.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Ariana Grande arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California.
    (Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images) UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Ariana Grande arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California.
  18. One of her favorite things to do at night is go to the beach. Ariana loves how peaceful and quiet it is.

  19. She says she is obsessed with the ocean and all types of wonderful and interesting sea creatures.

  20. She has bad eyesight and has to wear contact lenses.

  21. Her favorite color is lavender.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Actress/singer Ariana Grande performs Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' Blu-ray and DVD release party at El Rey Theatre on March 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo : Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: Actress/singer Ariana Grande performs Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' Blu-ray and DVD release party at El Rey Theatre on March 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
  22. Ariana loves to sleep in as little clothing as possible. "My grandmother encourages naked sleeping."

  23. She still has three of her wisdom teeth - she has chosen to get them extracted one by one.

  24. Ariana loves wearing high heels. In fact, when she is not wearing them, she walks around en releve which is basically walking on your tippy toes.

  25. She likes making a spontaneous 3 a.m. trip to the pharmacy.

  26. Grande counts some contemporary artists among her musical role models - like India.Arie, Imogen Heap and Frank Ocean - but much of her inspiration also comes from decades past. "My favorite era was the '50s and '60s... the Chiffons, the Shangri-Las," she revealed to The Guardian. "My grandparents played it and I fell in love with it, because it was more about romance and love, and less about getting drunk and going home with someone you don't know."

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress and Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 10th annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center on September 4, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress and Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 10th annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center on September 4, 2013 in New York City.
  27. Grande, who loves baking and gardening, says she definitely didn't get her homemaker traits from her mother. "My mom is a CEO and owns a company that manufactures communications equipment for the Marines and the Navy, so she's not really the housewife type, if you get what I'm saying. She's the most bada**, independent woman you'll ever meet - not the cookies-in-the-oven type."

  28. Ariana loves reading books especially the Harry Potter ones.

  29. She has an older brother called Frankie.She is also an actor, and has starred in and produced a couple of musicals.

  30. Her best friend is Alexia Luria.

  31. Ariana confesses that she curses a lot and says she has a "sailor mouth".

    DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 02: Recording artist Ariana Grande poses backstage at 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 American Airlines Center on December 2, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
    (Photo : Gary Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel) DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 02: Recording artist Ariana Grande poses backstage at 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 American Airlines Center on December 2, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
  32. Grande has a four octave light lyric soprano vocal range. She has been dubbed as the "mini Mariah Carey" and the "new Mariah Carey" by critics due to her wide vocal range.

  33. Despite loving fashion, Grande says that she wants people to listen to her music "instead of look and judge": "I don't feel confident in my sexuality - or in my fashion, It's just not in my mind. I think of music first." She revealed that she loves wearing skinny jeans with crop tops and babydoll tank tops, as well as "girly floral corsets and peplum shirts."

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo : Jason Merritt/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
  34. On stage, she is known for her short skirts and crop tops and her signature white knee-high boots.

  35. Ariana Grande was featured on Seventeen magazine in a March 2013 public campaign "Delete Digital Drama" to end online bullying along with Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham.

  36. In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing the title track "My Everything" in dedication to her grandfather, who had died from cancer in July.

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Ariana Grande attends the 10th annual Style Awards during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center on September 4, 2013 in New York City.
    (Photo : Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Ariana Grande attends the 10th annual Style Awards during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center on September 4, 2013 in New York City.
  37. She began dating Nathan Sykes, a member of The Wanted, in September 2013. The couple separated a few months after they began dating.

  38. In 2014, she had a fairly public relationship with web video star Jai Brooks.

  39. She began dating Nathan Sykes, a member of The Wanted, in September 2013. The couple separated a few months after they began dating. In 2014, she had a fairly public relationship with web video star Jai Brooks.

  40. She was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Christianity after Pope Benedict reportedly labeled homosexuality and working women (sex workers) as sins. Grande stated, "I lost faith when the Pope decided to tell me that everything I loved and believed in was wrong. I needed something else to believe in." She has since started following Kabbalah's teachings, believing "the basis lies in the idea that if you're kind to others, good things will happen to you."

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety's 6th Annual Power Of Youth Event at Paramount Studios on September 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
    (Photo : Valerie Macon/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety's 6th Annual Power Of Youth Event at Paramount Studios on September 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

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