Mariah Carey Is Finally Facing Her 'Bad Side'

"New year, new beginnings."

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While we all have an angle we'd prefer to show off in photos, Mariah Carey has an angle. Scroll through the singer's Instagram page, and you'll see thousands of beautiful snapshots all pointedly taken from the same vantage point. It's her signature move—or was, anyway.

In honor of the New Year, the icon is showing us a side of herself that some fans may have never seen before: her left. In an Instagram photo posted on Monday, January 1, a glimmering Carey stares off into the distance, or rather the year ahead.

"New year, new beginnings..taking a picture from my 'bad side'!" she joked in the post's caption.

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Lore regarding the 54-year-old's "bad side" is nothing new. In Britney Spears' 2022 memoir The Woman In Me, she recounts a time when she met Carey and learned what a ring light is. According to the "Lucky" singer, Carey took it upon herself to coach her on how to take the perfect photo while backstage at an early 2000s award show.

"I asked if we could take a photo together and tried to take one where we were standing, and she said, 'No! Come stand here, darling. This is my light. This is my side. I want you to stand here so I can get my good side, girl," she wrote. "Of course she was completely right about everything—the photo looked incredible."

Now, more than 20 years later, the good side/bad side tale continues from Carey herself—and her brilliant makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle.

"Many people have a preferred side but to refer to the other side as 'bad' I never understood…Mariah is not only beautiful right to left but also inside and out," Buckle tells Marie Claire exclusively, adding that he used Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter in "Champagne Glow" and Fashion Fair Lipstick in "Nudeattude" to achieve last night's all-around-perfect look.

With her highlighter glowing and natural curls once again flowing, the obvious takeaway here is that the "Touch My Body" singer doesn't have a "bad side" at all. Still, I respect her bravery for posting something she's self-conscious about (it's valid! we all have them!)—and would never say no to a new photo of Mimi, especially in full NYE glam.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.