100 // GROW­ING UP GRANDE

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY LAUREN EP­STEIN

A South Florida na­tive, Style Code Live host Frankie Grande talks fashion, in­spi­ra­tion, and be­ing un­apolo­get­i­cally him­self.

Frankie Grande’s look is as color­ful as his per­son­al­ity. Case in point: the rain­bow­striped strands he once sported against a plat­inum­blond do. Raised in Boca Ra­ton, the so­cial me­dia celeb (with 1.6 mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers he calls his “Grand­tourage”), two-time Big Brother con­tes­tant, and real-life big brother to pop su­per­star Ariana Grande at­tributes his unique style to his vi­brant South Florida up­bring­ing. These days, you can catch him as the host of Ama­zon’s Style Code Live, a daily live show that gives view­ers the lat­est beauty and fashion scoops.

Your per­sonal style is: Loud, eclec­tic, un­apolo­getic, and sparkly.

Fashion favorite: I’m a huge fan of Gianni Ver­sace. When he was shot, my mother and I im­me­di­ately drove to his house.

In­spi­ra­tion: David Bowie. He was so gen­der ob­so­les­cent, and an­drog­yny was some­thing he em­braced so much—it’s some­thing I of­ten do with my cloth­ing.

How does your style com­pare to your sis­ter, Ariana’s? I’ve al­ways been a trend­set­ter. I’ve cre­ated trends with my mul­ti­col­ored hair, my glit­ter chest [at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards]; I had a painted-on shirt at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards. But Ariana is lit­er­ally cre­at­ing fashion. Peo­ple look to her to de­cide what to do with their line that’s not com­ing out for six months.

Go-to hair prod­ucts:

Oribe Rough Lux­ury Mold­ing Wax and Oribe Su­perfine Hair Spray.

Favorite item in your closet right now: My Malan Bre­ton cus­tom fringe jacket. It’s every­thing!

How has so­cial me­dia af­fected your ca­reer? It has be­come my ca­reer. I can com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple all over the globe through one tweet or post.

Do you ever worry about what you post?

Af­ter do­ing two sea­sons of

Big Brother, peo­ple pretty much know what they’re get­ting. And part of what you’re get­ting with me, and my whole fam­ily, is that un­fil­tered “We are who we are, and you’re go­ing to have to love it or hate it.” Watch Style Code Live weeknights at 9 or on de­mand at ama­zon.com/ style­code­live.

SOUTH FLORIDA NA­TIVE AND HOST OF AMA­ZON’S STYLE CODE LIVE, FRA IE GRANDE TALKS FASHION, IN­SPI­RA­TION, AND BE­ING UN­APOLO­GET­I­CALLY HIM­SELF. “MY PER­SONAL STYLE IS LOUD, ECLEC­TIC, UN­APOLO­GETIC, AND SPARKLY.” —frankie grande

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