arrived fashionably late to the VH1 Save the Music Gala in New York City wearing a gorgeous lavender gown that hugged her perfectly proportioned curves. Sashaying down the red carpet, the sexy songstress evoked old-school Hollywood glamour in a way that no other celebrity can possibly rival. Miss Mariah paused to chat about her new fragrance, her upcoming album, and how she maintains such a fabulous figure.
You look phenomenal! WhatÃ‚â€™s your secret to staying in shape and looking so fabulous?
My secret is diet. No, reallyÃ‚â€¦ I have a very wonderful trainer. Her name is Patricia. She lives in St. Barts Ã‚â€“ poor her. So people are like Ã‚â€˜only you would fly someone from to St. Barts to New York to work out! What are you doing?Ã‚â€™ But the thing is that sheÃ‚â€™s so [great.] Even if weÃ‚â€™re not working out, she monitors my diet and it makes things easier.
But my thing is itÃ‚â€™s about discipline. And I have a lot of discipline when itÃ‚â€™s time to get it together, I do what I have to do. I didnÃ‚â€™t feel like I had gained weight, and then when I realized that you know Ã‚â€˜ooo look at those shorts IÃ‚â€™ve had them for how many years, they fit now and theyÃ‚â€™re actually kinda big!Ã‚â€™ It feels good. But to me itÃ‚â€™s about embracing everyone at the weight theyÃ‚â€™re supposed to be. IÃ‚â€™m not supposed to be a stick-figure girl. ThatÃ‚â€™s just not me.
What can you tell me about your upcoming album? Or what canÃ‚â€™t you tell me?
ThereÃ‚â€™s nothing that I canÃ‚â€™t tell you. The title I canÃ‚â€™t tell you because weÃ‚â€™re in-between a lot of titles. But the thing is: this is such an extension of me. I feel like I put everything Ã‚â€“ I put so much into it. I worked on it all over the world. I took a summer to travel to different places and work on it. I worked with a lot of great co-writers, co-producers because obviously IÃ‚â€™m intricately involved in every aspect of the process of making an album. And I think this is a very fun record Ã‚â€“ probably the most fun record IÃ‚â€™ve ever made. And thatÃ‚â€™s tough to say after The Emancipation of Mimi. ItÃ‚â€™s just one of those things. I really canÃ‚â€™t express it.
What collaborations with other artists can look forward to on the album?
I canÃ‚â€™t give Ã‚â€˜em away cause then the next thing you know so-and-so will have Ã‚â€˜em on their album.
Tell me about your collaboration with Elizabeth Arden and your new fragrance?
I gave them [Elizabeth Arden] a list of things that I like, and so basically we worked backwards from that. I mean, I guess itÃ‚â€™s working forwards. And they allowed me to have so much freedom in the process. I would say to them if this is wrong, tell me! And they were like you have the most commercial nose weÃ‚â€™ve ever experienced. And I think itÃ‚â€™s because I donÃ‚â€™t wear perfume and people were always like Ã‚â€˜what are you wearing?Ã‚â€™ and IÃ‚â€™m like Ã‚â€˜nothing. ItÃ‚â€™s just me.Ã‚â€™
So whatÃ‚â€™s the perfume like?
To me itÃ‚â€™s light, itÃ‚â€™s sexy, itÃ‚â€™s not overwhelming. ItÃ‚â€™s more than sexy Ã‚â€“ itÃ‚â€™s sensual. ItÃ‚â€™s something when you donÃ‚â€™t want to be over-powering, but you will be noticed.