The world became a little more fetch Friday afternoon as Ariana Grande dropped the Mean Girls-infused music video for “Thank U, Next,” a star-studded airy ode to the pop star’s ex-lovers.
But do a double-take and you may realize that it’s not Grande donning the star’s signature high ponytail and winged eyeliner in the video’s opening sequence: Instead, it’s a self-proclaimed lookalike and Bethlehem native, YouTuber Gabi DeMartino.
“Ariana Grande says ‘honest to God, knock me out,’ so I decided to punch myself in the face. It was awesome,” Demartino recites in the video, a nod to the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls.
The Lehigh Valley fashion and beauty vlogger was among a cast of YouTube and film personalities featured in the five-minute video, which garnered more than 9.5 million views in the first few hours of its release.
After the song’s release at the beginning of the month, “Thank U, Next” has seen three straight weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100, landing the first No. 1 debut since Adele’s “Hello” in 2013.
The music video, which Grande has hyped on social media for the last two weeks, pays homage to several female-centric films, most prominently Upper Darby native Tina Fey’s Mean Girls.
You can watch the full video here.
Grande is slated to bring her “Sweetener: World Tour” to the Wells Fargo Center in March.