Vintage Spotting: The Evolution of Mariah Carey

Written by emilyc

The inspiration for writing this was a conversation I had with my sister about how we used to be surprised and offended by Mariah Carey’s midriff-bearing top on the back cover of her 1995 album Daydream (pictured below). That top was more like an accidental-breeze-that-made-the-button-down-oxford-move-so-as-to-show-45%-of-her-bellybutton shirt. My sister remarked that these days, someone could be naked on the cover of an album and we would merely say, “Oh, ok,” whereas in 1995, that 45% of a bellybutton made us say, “Oh my!” in a disapproving manner. It’s interesting to look back on how pop culture has evolved when it comes to the topic of censorship. That hair is a whole different issue.

The offensively conservative outfit

She is serving us 90s minimalism with a side of Beyonce

If the midriff top didn’t offend, this hair sure did

These were dark times in the world of fashion

I might actually prefer her 90s ensembles, but see? We don’t think twice about this ensemble. At least not really…

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Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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