Mariah Carey is a pop and cultural icon in the United States and around the world. She’s famous for her hits in the 90s, which propelled her to stardom rather quickly.
Mariah is also known for her past marriage to Nick Cannon. They were together for eight years and had fraternal twins. Their marriage ended with a somewhat tumultuous divorce. But let’s switch gears to what you may not know about this pop-star diva.
1. Mariah Aspired to Be a Cosmetologist
Before she began wowing the world with her silky voice, Mariah had dreams of working as a cosmetologist. She moved to Manhattan after graduating from high school. She enrolled in a cosmetology school before hitting it big a few years later.
2. She Grew Up Facing Extreme Racism
Mariah’s father is a Black Venezuelan, and her mother is Irish American. During her childhood, she witnessed brutal acts of racism, including having her dogs poisoned and the family car being blown up.
3. She Was Often Truant in High School
Mariah wasn’t the biggest fan of school. She skipped classes so often that her classmates eventually gave her the nickname “Mirage.”
4. Patti LaBelle Is Her Godmother
Now, you should know that Mariah’s parents didn’t actually choose Patti LaBelle to be Mariah’s godmother. Instead, it was Mariah who wanted the R&B legend to assume this role in her life.
5. Mariah’s Dogs Live Better Than Most Humans
Mariah spends more on her dogs annually than most people make in their lifetimes. Her annual grooming bill is in the tens of thousands of dollars. And she regularly forks over even more than that to send her best friends on vacations in chartered planes.
6. She Bought Marilyn Monroe’s Piano
Mariah bought Marilyn Monroe’s baby white grand piano for a whopping $662,500 in 1999. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering that Monroe is Carey’s favorite actress.
7. Mariah Won a “Worst Actress” Award
Mariah starred in the 2001 movie Glitter. She received a Razzie award for “Worst Actress” for her performance in the movie.
8. Her Legs Were Insured for $1 Billion
In 2006, Mariah insured her legs for $1 billion. This was after she became Gillette Venus’s first “Celebrity Legs of a Goddess” ambassador.
9. She Was a Global Ambassador for Jenny Craig
After having twins, she worked with Jenny Craig to help her lose the weight she’d put on during her pregnancy. This eventually led the two of them to team up.
10. She Was on the Cover of Playboy
Mariah appeared on the cover of the March 2007 issue of Playboy. What you may not know is that she never took her clothes off for any of the pictures in the magazine.
In the world of celebrities, the bizarre is not always so odd. What may be weird or strange for us average humans may actually be their norm.