Mariah Carey Reveals She’s ‘Prudish’ During an Interview With Cardi B

Mariah Carey has often had a risque image, however, she actually considers herself prudish. During an interview with Cardi B, she discussed her feelings about her body and dressing sexy. Here’s a look at her thoughts and how she’s definitely made sex a part of her brand — and how she surprised Cardi B with her comments.

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Mariah Carey discusses how people reacted to her dressing sexy

Firstly, a little background. During the past few years, celebrities interviewing celebrities has been a major phenomenon. Look over the internet and you can find articles where Paul McCartney interviewing Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey interviewing Elton John, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong interviewing Billie Eilish, etc. For an article in Interview, Cardi B and Carey interviewed each other. During the interview, Carey discussed her childhood and how it informed her recent book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

“I’ve always wanted to write my book because I wanted to emancipate the little girl that used to be me,” she said. “The little girl who used to feel ugly and didn’t feel like she belonged. Honestly, I’m a very prudish person. But when I started doing little tiny things like, ‘Oh, she’s trying to dress sexy,’ or, ‘She’s trying to always be with rappers,’ or whatever, people were shocked, like I did something they’d never seen before. I was like, ‘Why are they making such a big deal of nothing?’” 


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Why Mariah Carey thinks she’s like Cardi B

Afterward, Carey discussed how people are — and aren’t — accepting now. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she opined. “The world is crazy. There’s so much racism and hate and horrible shit that goes on, but I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day. People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me.” She then compared herself to Cardi B, saying “We’re similar in that way.”

Cardi B was surprised by Carey’s comments. She said Carey embodies beauty and glamour. Cardi B never would have assumed Carey was hurt in the past.

How the world reacted to the sexy hit ‘Touch My Body’

The idea that Carey is prudish might come as a surprise to many. After all, there are numerous examples of Carey incorporating sexuality into her work. To pick a prominent example (of many), Carey released a song called “Touch My Body.” The lyrics of the song seem to discuss Carey and her lover making amateur pornography. The song has a predictably suggestive music video.

“Touch My Body”

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The public really connected with the song, as it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would become one of her most famous tracks from the late 2000s. While Carey is a self-described prude, the world responded to her sometimes sexual music.