We have seemingly watched Jojo Siwa grow up before our very eyes and it seems as if it was only yesterday when she was competing on Dance Moms!
Well, Siwa has now spoken out about her new change, describing it as an "upgrade" and how it was "harder than coming out as gay." Here's why...
Now, there's no denying that JoJo Siwa is growing up.
The eighteen-year-old has built an empire since appearing on Dance Moms when she was a child and Forbes reported in March last year that the YouTuber has sold eighty million bows since 2016.
This means that fans were very surprised when in May, as she was celebrating her eighteenth, she was letting her hair down and ditching the iconic hair accessory.
When you think of Jojo Siwa, you think of nothing but glittery bows... right?
She has amassed over twelve million subscribers on her Youtube Channel, and is universally known for her outlandish, glittery outfits, with her audience consisting mostly of young children who enjoy her singing, dancing, and crazy content.
When she released her bows in 2016, in collaboration with Claires, they had particular success within primary school age within the United Kingdom, with some schools even banning the fashion accessory after it proved to be a distraction to pupils.
However, during a conversation with Instagram's Adam Mosseri earlier this week, JoJo discussed the change of hairstyle.
"I've worn a bow, obviously, for the last eighteen years of my life," JoJo said, "I just had my eighteenth birthday and it was right around my birthday that I realized, 'You know, I kinda want to do my hair different today.'"
"It just felt like the right time to do something different and to do something, you know, maybe a little bit more mature," she said of her decision to let her hair down, "Like a little upgrade. The bow is still a part of my life... I still love bows. I forever will. I mean, they're who I am. But I just, you know, maybe I won't wear it every day."
JoJo admitted that the change was harder to discuss with her parents than when she came out as gay a few months ago.
She explained, "My mom actually asked me — because recently, earlier in the year, I came out to the world, and to my family, and essentially to myself too — and so my mom asked me, 'Was it harder to come out to me, or to tell me you wanted to wear your hair different?'"
"I was like, 'It surprisingly was harder to tell you that I wanted to wear my hair different,'" JoJo recalled.
Back in January, the dancer publicly came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community after being encouraged by her girlfriend Kylie Prew.
"It is true," JoJo confirmed during an interview on the Tonight Show. "I do have the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world. I was on FaceTime with [my girlfriend], and we were just talking about all the love that came in, and we were both like, Technically I still haven't confirmed it," JoJo said of the moment she posted a photo wearing a 'best gay cousin' shirt.
"I was like, I kind of just want to post this picture on my real story. She was super encouraging."
The content creator and dancer is still figuring out how she identifies, however, prefers the terms "queer" or "pansexual."
Speaking for Instagram's creator Week on Tuesday, JoJo admitted she never wanted to act as though her public coming-out was a huge deal.
"I told my mom how I wanted it to happen was just like that — was just natural," JoJo explained, "And it happened better than I ever could have planned out."
Good to see little JoJo is taking a step outside the glittery box!