Mariah Carey In Concert: A Far Cry From Precious

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Mariah Carey‘s still talking to anyone who’ll listen about how ugly she had to make herself for her role in Precious. In an interview out today, Carey recounts another story about life without makeup during her shoot for the film, saying “One day Lee [Daniels] caught me trying to put blush on, and he said ‘what are you doing?’ I said, ‘Precious has blush on,’ but he would not let me do it. It was one of those things that I had to do. I guess now I’ll feel better about myself when I’m dressed normally at my house and walk past a mirror and see myself. I’ll be like, well I’ve looked worse.” Onstage, though, she sure is overcompensating for her months spent on poorly lit sets, denied of  Jolen Cream Bleach for her upper lip.

Last night at her Hard Rock Live! performance in Florida, Carey was a far cry from her social worker alter ego, Mrs. Weiss. Mimi descended from the ceiling of the venue in a gold and white fairy princess ensemble and jeweled microphone, only to have the white skirt removed (by someone else, of course – but what would you expect from someone married to her umbrella holder?) for the performance. We love that despite all the acclaim for a gritty role, Mariah hasn’t changed at all and is still as much of a diva as ever. [Photo: Getty Images]