Ariana Grande's total style transformation, from Nickelodeon starlet to international pop queen

Ariana Grande has not always worn baggy sweatshirt dresses and thigh-high boots. In fact, there was a time when the pop star wore '50s-inspired florals, bodycon dresses and even pants (gasp!).  

Ariana began her career as a child on broadway, but first became known for starring in Nickelodeon's "Victorious" and then "Sam & Cat." The shows famously required her to dye her hair bright red, and after her last episode of the latter in 2014, the singer started donning her signature long ponytail.

She told fans on Facebook, "I wear it in a pony tail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down," Grande said. "It's all that works for now (AND I'm comfortable for the first time in years)."

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Ariana Grande attending the Cast of the Broadway Musical 13 Handprint Ceremony at Planet Hollywood in New York City. October 30th, 2008 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety's 3rd annual 'Power of Youth' event held at Paramount Studios on December 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 07: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'The Lovely Bones' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 14: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Make A Wish Foundation event hosted by Kevin and Steffiana James at Santa Monica Pier on March 14, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 27: Actress Ariana Grande attends the 'So You Think You Can Dance' new season premiere viewing party at Trousdale on May 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Ariana Grande arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Ariana Grande arrives to the world premiere of 'Project Natal' for Xbox 360 party held at Galen Center on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Ariana Grande attends the 21st Annual 'A Time For Heroes' Celebrity Picnic Benefit at Wadsworth Theater on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Actress Ariana Grande arrives to the premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' during the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 04: Ariana Grande attends the 3rd Annual Broadway in South Africa Concert at The Manhattan Center on October 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety's 4th Annual Power of Youth event at Paramount Studios on October 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: Ariana Grande arrives at the 2011 Do Something Awards at Hollywood Palladium on August 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Ariana Grande attends the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ariana Grande attends the Malan Breton Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
Ariana Grande attends Nickelodeon's celebration of the 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play at The W Hotel on September 23, 2011 in Washington, DC.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress and singer Ariana Grande arrives at Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times' 19th Annual Halloween Carnival at Universal Studios on October 23, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on October 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The show premieres on Sunday, Nov. 6th at 8:00p.m. (ET) on Nick at Night. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Actress Ariana Grande attends the opening night of 'Wicked' at the Pantages Theatre on December 1, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 06: Ariana Grande attends Popstar! Magazine Celebrates Their Break-through Artists Of 2012 on December 6, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 07: Ariana Grande attends Project Angel Food's 2011 Divine Design Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on December 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 22: Ariana Grande visits Planet Hollywood Times Square on December 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety's 6th Annual Power Of Youth Event at Paramount Studios on September 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Ariana Grande attends the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CITY OF COMMERCE, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress / Singer Ariana Grande attends the Citadel Outlets 11th annual tree lighting event at Citadel Outlets on November 10, 2012 in City of Commerce, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Ariana Grande attends the premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Ariana Grande Hosts Sharpies One Direction Fan Event at 404 Event Space on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Ariana Grande attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 12: Ariana Grande poses for a photo on Opening Night of 'A Snow White Christmas' at the Pasadena Playhouse on December 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 20: Ariana Grande participates in Y 100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on December 20, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Ariana Grande arrives at the Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Ariana Grande arrives at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress/singer Ariana Grande arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande arrives at the official 2014 iHeartRadio after party at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
Mtv Europe Music Awards, Arrivals, The Hydro, Glasgow, Britain - 9 Nov 2014, Ariana Grande (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Singer Ariana Grande arrives at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 30: Ariana Grande attends the Republic Records Private Post-VMA Celebration at Ysabel on August 30, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: 2015 Singer Ariana Grande attends the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Ariana Grande attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Ariana Grande attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Ariana Grande attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: Singer Ariana Grande arrives for an interview on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Ariana Grande attends Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard )
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But beyond the high ponytail, Ariana's style has completely evolved. Some of her best looks include a white Versace dress embellished with silver metal mesh at the 2015 Grammys, wide legs pants with a black lace top at the 2016 American Music Awards and the red Romona Keveza gown she stunned in at the 2016 Grammys. Since then, it's been mostly short skirts, sweatshirts and the boots. 

See for yourself and check out Ariana's complete style transformation in the gallery above!

Can't get enough of Ari? You can check out some of her craziest looks from her "thank u, next" video below.

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Ariana Grande in 'Thank u, Next'
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you’re like really pretty
.... n I’m so good with that
Legally Blonde
13 Going on 30
#ThankuNext 🎄
that’s all for today .... thank u, next 🖤🏈
Bring It On
13 Going on 30
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde
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