For so many reasons, Mariah Carey is a gift to the world. We love her for her high octaves (dolphins could never go as high). We appreciate her for her lyrics, which she constantly reminds us typically, majorly come from her pen (you do what you want when you’re poppin’). We adore her for her eccentricities, like the lovably crazy, only slightly older sister that she is (“auntie” would be an abusive*—see below—term in this instance).
Yet, if there’s one other thing to cherish about the best-selling female artist of all time (Madonna may argue otherwise, but Mariah has long proven that she doesn’t care what Madonna thinks or says), it is her dedication to the advancement of quality lighting and flattering angles. Her battles against oppressive lighting are an inspiration to all of us dedicated to looking like our best selves.
You should never trust anyone else’s lighting. If not for Mariah fighting the good fight on that front, I may have never learned that important life lesson. Ever the advocate, Mariah has used her platform to speak against the ills of bad lighting for years.
In February 2014, during an appearance on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Mariah had her people come in before the interview began in order to set up lighting that better suited her. I’ve been told personally by a Def Jam insider that once upon a time, when she was signed to the label, Mariah would do this for any meeting she had in the building, and would only take meetings in rooms where the lighting had been improved to her standard.
Moreover, Mariah would never allow anyone to ride in an elevator with her. You know, besides her lighting person, obvi. Why? As she once explained: “I have an extreme aversion to overhead lighting. In my opinion, elevator lighting is toxic!”
For those looking to further refine their understanding of this important issue, earlier this year, in an interview for The Sunday Times, Mariah explained what constitutes bad lighting. “I have to point out this is a rented house—I would never have overhead lighting,” the goddess noted. “High hats, they call them. In my apartment in New York, it’s all recessed lighting, chandeliers, candles. This lighting is abusive.”
And as we’ve learned on her new docu-series, Mariah’s World, it’s not just where the lighting is that matters. “I have a rule which states that I will not be seen in fluorescent lighting without sunglasses,” Mariah said, adding, “I know it’s very ’90s.” But who doesn’t love the ’90s?
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