Ariana Grande Says She’s Inspired By Madonna, Helena Bonham Carter & Freddy Krueger

By Shannon Carlin

Sure, sure, Ariana Grande shares some similarities with Mariah Carey, but when it comes to the pop star’s role models, she says they’re a little more, well, out there.

In the new issues of Billboard, Grande says her childhood role models include a kooky British actress, a horror movie icon and the Material Girl.

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Grande worships at the altar of Madonna saying, “She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

Perhaps, Tim Burton would be interesting to know that Grande was “a very weird little girl,” who now takes inspiration from Helena Bonham Carter, calling herself “a mini” version of the gothic screen queen.

But, maybe most surprisingly, Grande says she idolizes Freddy Krueger. “I always wanted to have face paint on or be wearing a Freddy Krueger mask, and I would carry a hockey stick around.”

Grande has already made it clear she has a thing for the supernatural, but also reveals to Billboard a love for an aquatic killer. “For my fifth birthday party we had a Jaws theme and all my friends left crying,” she said.

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Perhaps, Grande isn’t as sweet and nice as we once thought.

Read about the other people Grande looks up to, including India.Arie and Marlene Dietrich, here.

Grande graces the cover of the latest issue of Billboard, which hits newsstands today (Aug. 15). While her latest album, My Everything, is out August 25.


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