Ariana Grande has revealed the new music video for “God is a Woman”, the latest single off her upcoming Sweetener album. It was helmed by director by Dave Meyers, known for his work with Kendrick Lamar and SZA, as well as Grande’s recent clips for “No Tears Left to Cry” and “The Light is Coming”.
In the visual, Grande is seen reigning over the universe (rightfully so), and deflecting hateful comments from men (also rightfully so). There’s also a moment in which she is seen reciting her own version of Ezekiel 25:17, made famous of course by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. That monologue is said to have been voiced by Madonna.
Per Instagram photos posted by the newly engaged Grande, it appears Meyers was assisted on set by artist Alexa Meade, who handled all the body painting. Her past pieces have involved painting and then submerging her subjects in a pool of milk (see the artwork for “God is a Woman”).
Like the song’s title, the visual celebrates the power of womanhood. When asked by a fan whether she feared potential backlash for the title, Grande confidently replied:
“I was expecting it and of course understand it … but it’s art. it’s okay if not everybody understands everything i do. i’m grateful for the opportunity to be myself and inspire others to do that as well. I would rather do that than play it safe.”
Sweetener, the follow-up to 2016’s Dangerous Woman, officially arrives August 17th.