Singer. Mother. Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. Cougar. Mariah Carey has been anything and everything over her expansive career, and her return to the forefront of pop culture for, we’re going to say, the twentieth time, has been going swimmingly. Take Mimi’s banging American Idol promo photo, released today after it was announced earlier this week that Mariah was signing on as a judge for the show’s season 12. Mariah straight-up looks like she’s 20 in this picture. Like she just decided one day to be 20 again. Okay, okay, we know a lot of this fabulousness is due to Photoshop. Still, who on earth could wear a sequined gown and that facial expression in front of a sunset and get us to like her more? Exactly. Just the one.
In case you had forgot that the “We Belong Together” singer is also a Serious Actress, Carey will also be reuniting with Precious director Lee Daniels for a role in historical White House drama The Butler. No word what role Mimi landed, but we’re assuming the answer has to be either “Eleanor Roosevelt” or “everyone.” Mariah Carey: proving once again that working with an Academy Award-winning director and looking like a human Barbie doll are never mutually exclusive.