The first voice we hear on the song is that of Shangela Laquifa Wadley, a drag queen known for her stints on the reality show Rupaul's Drag Race
. Her intro puts a feminist twist on Neil Armstrong's iconic Moon-landing phrase. The astronaut's first words when he stepped on the moon were:That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Shangela told Billboard
how she came up with the quote after Grande played her the song. The Drag Race queen replied that she loved it and was already thinking about doing her own version. "I wanna come out like I'm walking on the moon," Shangela added. "I'm gonna lift up that fake moon mask, and I'm gonna say: 'This is one small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind.'"
Grande promptly requested Shangela record the phrase into her phone. A couple months later, she called the Draq Queen to confirm her quote would be included on the record.