Ariana Grande (The Sim + Various Outfits from her "Thank U, Next" Era)

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Uploaded: 1st Oct 2020 at 12:23 PM
Updated: 25th Mar 2022 at 4:23 AM
Who is Ariana Grande?

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her expansive four-octave vocal range and whistle register. Born in Boca Raton, Florida (June 26, 1993) Grande began her career in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010-2013) and Sam & Cat (2013-2014). She subsequently signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label's executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs. Her 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B debut album, Yours Truly (2013), topped the US Billboard 200 chart, while its lead single, "The Way", charted in the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100.

Grande maintained her pop and R&B sound on her second and third studio albums, My Everything (2014), and Dangerous Woman (2016), with the former exploring EDM and producing the UK number-one singles "Problem" and "Bang Bang" and the latter becoming her first of three consecutive number-one albums in the UK.

Though, life hasn't always been the greatest for Ariana Grande, especially not during her Dangerous Woman Tour back on May 22, 2017 when the Manchester Arena Bombing took place as her fans were leaving shortly after a Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-three people died, including the attacker, and more than 800 were wounded, some of them children. Several hundred more suffered psychological trauma, including Ariana Grande herself; she still suffers from PSTD. On 4 June, Ariana Grande hosted a benefit concert in Manchester, entitled One Love Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground that was broadcast live on television, radio and social media. At the concert, Grande performed along with several other high-profile artists. Free tickets were offered to those who had attended the show on 22 May. The benefit concert and associated Red Cross fund raised $10 million for victims of the attack by early June and $17 million by August.

Her trap-infused fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), were both critical and commercial successes. The former won Grande a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, while the latter was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and set a record for the largest streaming week for a pop album. The singles "Thank U, Next", "7 Rings", and "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" made Grande the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964, the first female to succeed herself at the top of the charts, and the first act to chart lead singles from each of their first five studio albums in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. With her 2020 collaborations "Stuck with U" with Justin Bieber and "Rain on Me" with Lady Gaga, she broke the record for the most number-one debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first artist to have their first four number-one singles debut atop the US charts. Grande's R&B-influenced sixth studio album, Positions (2020), and its title track, debuted at number-one in the UK and US.

Grande has received various accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 22 Guinness World Records. Having amassed billions of streams thus far, she is the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music and is currently the most followed female on Spotify and YouTube. She has been included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes' list of the highest-paid women in music multiple times, while Billboard has honored her as Woman of the Year (2018), the greatest pop star of 2019 and the most accomplished female artist to debut in the 2010s.

Update: 25th March 2022
Wow, it's been almost 2 years since I uploaded this sim! Time really flies by, lol. Anyway, ever since I've uploaded the sim, I've been wanting to revisit editing this sim, because I didn't really like how her lips turned out, but couldn't fix them either at that time, lol. So, after a while, I think I finally found out what was kinda off and managed to fix the slightly assymetrical lips and her side profile to make her resemble the real Ariana Grande even more (at least, hopefully, lol!) Anyway, I hope you like this new improved version!

By the way, I decided to still keep the original version up for download, just in case someone prefers the old version and would like the download that version instead. Either way, I hope you have fun and happy simming!

When I recreated Ariana Grande's "Mean Girls/Thank U, Next" Outfit back in January this year, I received requests of the actual sim pictured in the screenshots. But when I had a look on her face, she didn't look anything like Ariana Grande to me at all! She looked terrible, lol! So, I opened up this CFF forum to improve her and after 2 months of editing her facial features here and there, I'm so happy now to present you the final version (at least I think it's the final version? Lol) of my recreated Ariana Grande sim. Oh, and I tried to use as less CC as possible and keep her still Maxis Match. I worked really hard on this and tried to tweak her face as much as I could to make her look as close as possible. I even went into details by recreating facial features like her slightly asymmetrical eyebrows for which I've even created my own slider. Lol!

Alongside the dramatic gown she's worn at the Grammy's this year, I also attempted to recreate her other outfits from various music videos from the Thank U, Next era to go with the upload.  Because, in case you didn't know, in 2020's Grammy's, she was nominated in five categories, including Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Thank U, Next. Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for '7 Rings' and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for 'Boyfriend' with Social House. Also, as mentioned above in the Wikipedia quote, the singles 'Thank U, Next', '7 Rings', and 'Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' made Ariana Grande break the record of being the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100, something that hasn't been seen ever since The Beatles in 1964. These singles actually made her appear at the Grammy's in the first place. Lol! So that's why, I decided to recreate all of her other outfits, which can be seen in the music videos.

So, yeah, you can kinda tell that I'm pretty proud of her as an Arianator (= Ariana Grande fan), because I first knew her as an actress in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious. (Nostalgia? Lol!) And was a fan of her ever since, so I literally witnessed her rise to fame ever since the beginning! That's why, I'm uploading this. And to tell the truth, the Thank U, Next album is my favorite album of hers, too... so that's why I went for this theme.

Side note: The sim is shown in various looks, but she's only packaged in the "Grammy's" look. So, if you prefer the other looks, have a look at the "Recommended CC" section to see how you could change her to make her look like in the screenshots. But other than that, she should be BG compatible!

As for the outfits, they should be all BG compatible as well! All of them are enabled for Young Adults & Adults only and are found in the Everyday & Formal category (except for the "Boyfriend" outfit which is Everyday only). Fat and pregnant morphs are included as well! Animations and all should work fine for all of the outfits, except for the "Grammy's" outfit. I tried to fix the bone assignments/vertex weight as much as I could to make the animations look more natural, but in some cases, it still looks weird, for instance when the sims sit down or walk. Have a look at the screenshot to see what I mean. On a side note, just imagine you'd have to go down stairs in a dress like this! Ouuch! But hey, at least your sims can do that!

Also, I'm super sorry for uploading that many screenshots? Lol! But since I had recreated the outfits and all, I thought I might as well recreate the background scene from the music videos to go for the upload!

Polygon Counts:
1. "Grammy's" Dress: FaceCount=2220, VertexCount=1554

2. "7 Rings" Outfit: FaceCount=2968, VertexCount=2014

3. "Buwygib" ("Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored") Outfit: FaceCount=2348, VertexCount=1637

4. "Boyfriend" Outfit: FaceCount=2170, VertexCount=1668

Resource Credits:
1. "Grammy's" Dress:
- I've used EA's yfbodydressformaltrumpet mesh (which is the age-converted BG teen prom dress from The Sims 2 University/Nightlife) as a blueprint, but heavily modified/expanded it.
- Gloves and ring were extracted from EA's afbodydressscarfgloves mesh (which is the diva outfit from The Sims 2 Nightlife).
- The texture was made from various Google Images of Ariana Grande at the Grammy's (mostly by GettyImages).

2. "7 Rings" Outfit:
- Frankensteined mesh from Skell's "Naughty" Outfit (edited white recolor) with added preg morph
- Shoeswap with EA's afbodyshortdressshoesep2 mesh (which is the red shiny party outfit from The Sims 2 Nightlife, which was originally created by a CC creator btw).

3. "Buwygib" ("Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored") Outfit:
- Black recolor of aweeshie's EA Default Clothing: Slip Retextured
- Shoeswap with RentedSpace/serenity_fall's Converted Boots from TS3 Late Night Roch Dress (3t2 Conversion)
- Chokers, gloves and nails were extracted from EA's afbodyflamencodress mesh, which is the red flamenco dance outfit from The Sims 2 Freetime.

4. "Boyfriend" Outfit:
- A heavily altered mashup and recolor of 2 EA's afbodytankberlinpants and afbodylaraoveralls meshes, which both came with The Sims 2 H&M Stuff Pack.
- White nails were extracted from EA's Base Game Bella Goth outfit and recolored to white

Custom Sliders Used:
- Bodyshop Sliders Added To CAS Aaroneous
- Sliders Part 1: Crisps&Kerosene
- Sliders Part 2: Crisps&Kerosene
- Sliders Set 1: Digital Angels
- Sliders Set 2: Digital Angels
- Custom sliders for ears, eyes and lower jaw: Hexanticle
- Late to the Party Sliders Part 1: Lifa
- Eight Sliders: memento-sims
- Eighteen Sliders: memento-sims
- Even More Sliders: memento-sims
- I Have No Idea How To Name This Folder Sliders: memento-sims
- Two Sliders: memento-sims
- 20 Sliders: Nopke
- 24 Sliders: Nopke
- Custom Nose Sliders: Uranium-Z
- Asymmetrical Inner Brow Height: by me

Custom Content by Me:
- Ariana Grande Sim
- Outfit: Grammy's (2020) Dress
- Hair: 4t2 LeahLillith's Tiffany (Grammy's) Hairstyle (003) by me

Custom Content Included:
- Skintone: Calm Depths Skinblend (Beach) by Dreadpirate
- Eyes: Eyes of the World Redux (Chocolate) by Dreadpirate
- Brows: Pow brows (S8 Brown) by Mouseyblue
- Lashes: Layerable Eyeliner & Eyelashes (eyelashesBottomLong, eyelashesTopNatural, eyelinerBottomThin) by Voeille
- Eyeshadows: Super Real Eyeshadows (3) by Mouseyblue
- Face Makeup: Facial Shadow & Highlight (jaw1_L, mouthedge1_M, noseline1_M, noseroot1_L, sideface1_L, sideforehead1_L, undereye1_L, underlip1_L) by SLU
- Earrings: Gemstone Earrings (Diamond) by Sims99Fanatic

Custom Content Not Included (Required):
- Base Game "Curly" and "Slant" Eyeshadows as Eyeliners! by DiLight
Side Note: You might be able to skip this download here, but she might not look exactly like the screenshots and she might lose her eyeliner wings without this mod, but it's kinda a must to create Ariana with her iconic cat wings & ponytail. So I had to use this mod. Lol!

Recommended CC (Not Required):
To make the sim look like in the screenshots, I recommend...

1. "Thank U, Next" Look:
- Hair: Santa Claus Hat Converted For Females by me
- Outfit: Ariana Grande's "Mean Girls/Thank U, Next" Outfit by me
- Lipstick: I used EA's Dark Red Lipstick (second last in the game catalogue)

2. "7 Rings" Look:
- Hair: 4t2 LeahLillith's Tiffany (with Acc) - Hair Rexture (Dark Brown Pink Ombre) by me
- Earrings: TS4 Luxury Party Earrings For TS2 by TheNinthWave
- Lipstick: I used EA's Lipgloss (second BG lipstick in the game catalogue, next to bright pink one)

3. "Buwygib" ("Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored") Look:
- Hair: 4t2 Ade Darma's Dangerous - Hair Rexture (Dark Brown) by Victoria Sims
- Hair: 4t2 LeahLillith Make Up - Hair Rexture by Peppermint & Ginger by Suratan-Zir
- Lipstick: I used EA's Lipgloss (second BG lipstick in the game catalogue, next to bright pink one)

4. "Boyfriend" Look:
- Hair: 4t2 LeahLillith's Boyfriend - Hair Rexture (Dark Brown) by me
- Eyeshadow: Eye Palette - 4 Sets of Eye Shadow (Cherie Shadow - Bridesmaid) by bruno
- Lipstick: I used EA's Lipgloss (second BG lipstick in the game catalogue, next to bright pink one)

Additional Credits:
- To everyone who gave me helpful feedback over at the CFF forum while sculpting Ariana's face, ESPECIALLY jotaerre, who was patiently waiting for me to do the edits and motivate me throughout the creation process. Sending you tight hugs, my friend!
- But also everyone in the Discord server, which include Lyralei, CatherineTCJD, zoe22, WatermelonSandal, JustJones, fascisthater, Rosawyn and anyone who I've missed. Thank you so much guys! Honestly, I couldn't have achieved to make her look that close without your help guys! Just... look at the initial version at the other thread, LOL!
- To jotaerre and Lyralei once again, lol, for helping me with fixing the bone assignments/vertex weight issues in the "Grammy's" dress. Without you guys, the animations of this thing would look even weirder! LOL!
- To all the original creators mentioned above which include LeahLillith, Skell, Amidalasims, aweeshie, RentedSpace/serenity_fall and of course EA!!! For their awesome creations which I used as a blueprint to create, mix and match all kinds of meshes, textures and put these outfits all together.
- To all custom slider creators mentioned above.
- To CmarNYC for Meshing Toolkit
- Oh, and to SimPE, BodyShop, Milkshape and GIMP, of course!

Also, please me let me know if I missed you, so I can add you, too!