Is she really sitting on that stool?
I've done the research and there's no way her ass is sitting on that stool. pic.twitter.com/AIGNpcJn6G— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) October 15, 2017
The discussion gained steam when it was retweeted by Grande herself:
That sparked comments, theories, stool truthers and even multiple attempts to re-create the cover, with hilariously mixed results:
pretty hurts. I remade it because I strive for perfectionist pic.twitter.com/msiz4AIVPD— kenny (@Slhut) October 16, 2017
She's lean and nimble, you're large and clunky. That's why she's the superstar.— Raissa L (@raissa8888) October 15, 2017
hard to control for variables like stool size but i think it’s real pic.twitter.com/gWMKgC5gvW— Michael Gregry (@schmoyoho) October 17, 2017
But did you subject your results to a committee of your peers? Were the experiments run in a controlled, double-blind environment?— Nick Herrgott (@NTHerrgott) October 15, 2017
She does seem to have an unusual center of gravity.— Barry Rosen (@BAR0ke) October 15, 2017
Actually, if you could see behind her the stool looks like this pic.twitter.com/UQA48riHoG— Michael Benjamin (@mfbenji) October 15, 2017
I want a whole Grande scientific analysis, like the one done to test whether both Jack and Rose could fit on that raft.— Michele (@michele866) October 16, 2017
Perhaps the stool is there but most of her weight is leaning against a black wall?— Simone (@Vrtlnsanity) October 15, 2017
No not photo shopped my mate didn't photo shop pic.twitter.com/b9zKniDVMK— Spooky Kimiana (@agbxdangerous) October 16, 2017
U dont have the ponytail, that’s what balances everything out— WHO wants lasagna (@highlighthunnie) October 15, 2017
This is important work. NSF grant for this man!— Dark As Vim (@AardvarkRatnikk) October 16, 2017
So was it a photo editing job?
Someone tweeted other images from the shoot that appeared to confirm that Grande, indeed, was seated on the stool.
LOL believe it or not she actually did, here are the outtakes from the shoot pic.twitter.com/XWYJfMgyZP— Jimmy (@JimBoy_Grande) October 15, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.