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 Greg🎃ry (@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
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