Singer Ariana Grande has been accused of ripping of an old Jean Paul Gaultier ad in her new video, “God Is a Woman”
In Ariana Grande’s world, God is a woman and she has Jean Paul Gaultier.
The popular anonymous Instagram account Diet Prada, who calls copycat designs, pointed out that one of the scenes in Ariana Grande’s new “God Is a Woman” music video bears a striking resemblance to an iconic ad by the French fashion designer.
In the video, the “Bed” singer is larger than life, dressed in a nude body with artificial teats, which of the three men drink.
Is God a woman? More importantly, they would get a Jean Paul Gaultier woman? @arianagrande is definitely making a strong argument for it…or at least @dave_meyers is a fan of this SS 1993 ad campaign lol. • #arianagrande #davemeyers #godisawoman #sweetener #pop #popstar #celeb #singer #music #video #art direction #fashioncampaign #jeanpaulgaultier #nude #bodysuit #platformpumps #andgodcreatedwoman #sunglasses #glasses #sunnies #shadow #wiwt #clouds #sky #ootd #dietprada
Also in 1993, Gaultier campaign model Ève Salvail baring her teeth at the camera while striking a similar pose in an identical bodysuit while surrounded by models old-fashioned as the Roman gods.
“Is God a woman? More importantly, they would get a Jean Paul Gaultier woman?” Diet Prada wrote in the caption juxtaposing the two images. “@arianagrande is definitely making a strong argument for it…or at least [the music video’s director] @dave_meyers is a fan of this SS 1993 ad campaign lol.”
While some followers are explained in the post as implying that the pop star pilfered this idea from the legendary designer, others were quick to point out that the entire video is basically one big homage to various works of art, including Michelangelo’s ‘ The Creation of Adam,” of Rodin’s “The Thinker” and Georgia O ‘Keefe’ s labial watercolors.
Another fan argued that both the video and the campaign are references to the story of Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of Rome, and thus fair game for inspiration.
This story was previously published in the New York Post.