Ariana Grande has been committed to sporting her signature high ponytail since her rise to fame nearly a decade ago, but believe it or not, she's been wearing the style for a lot longer than you think. The "Boyfriend" singer took to Instagram on Thursday to share a throwback photo of her younger self wearing the hair look, albeit at a slightly shorter length. The photo appears to be a headshot from her preteen years, and in it, she's seen half-smiling at the camera with that soon-to-be-famous pony sitting high atop her head. "If anything .... she's consistent," she jokingly captioned the pic.
Grande explained in a lengthy Facebook post in 2014 that her reason for sticking to the ponytail over the last few years had a lot to do with the stress she was forced to put on her hair during her acting days. The 26-year-old previously had a fiery red hairstyle during her time playing Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon's Victorious and Sam and Cat. "I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first 4 years of playing Cat . . . as one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair," she wrote. "My real hair is back to brown and I wear extensions but I wear it in a pony tail [sic] because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down."
Of course, she's taken a few breaks from the pony since then, but we love a little reminder that the style has been a part of her for basically her entire life.