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Mariah Carey ‘didn’t fit’ beauty ideals | Entertainment

Mariah Carey “didn’t fit” beauty ideals when she was young.

The 52-year-old singer admitted her biracial heritage set her apart as ‘other’ when she grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York and her family didn’t have the money to spend on herself. take care of her appearance.

She told People magazine: “That’s when I learned that I was definitely ‘other’.

“It would have been great to be a chameleon, but I didn’t have the tools for it, which meant we didn’t have the money.

“For people in the white neighborhoods where we lived, it was clear that I was involved in something.

“I wasn’t, like, the little girl next door with long, silky hair and freckles. I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s what beauty is supposed to be.’ And I didn’t fit that.

“I had, like, three shirts on, and my hair was textured, honey.”

“But it was multiple textures, and we weren’t working together. I don’t want to use the word ‘sloppy’, but it wasn’t a fashion show.”

If the “Hero” singer – who has 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon – could offer any advice to her young self, it would be to save her money for conditioner and hair cream. leave eyebrows alone.

When asked what she would say to her 12-year-old daughter, she replied, “‘Save your money. it will be fine.’

“Oh, and I would have said, ‘Please don’t shave your eyebrows. It will never look good on you.’ “

Mariah has channeled her childhood experiences into her new children’s book, ‘The Christmas Princess’, with a positive message at the heart of the story.

She said: “It’s mostly about surviving the bullies who do [the main character] be ashamed of who she is. She survives and finds her destiny.

“Her music saves her. She’s not a prince charming coming in. She saves her own day.”