How Photoshopped are Mariah Carey’s photos by Terry Richardson?

We saw Mariah Carey on Letterman earlier this week, as I covered yesterday. She’s gained some weight, which is normal and I’m not shaming her! I just feel like I can’t ignore it when looking at these photos. Mariah is still dressing for her former self. She’s still squeezing into tight dresses and she’s still wearing bathing suits on the covers of her albums like it’s the early ‘aughts.

This is Mariah on Letterman earlier this week. Compare this photo below to the one above, with Terry Richardson, in which her stomach looks plastic. That belly button is so blurry.


Mariah was shot for Wonderland Magazine by ultimate creeper Richardson. At least these photos look like typical Mariah, and not like she’s being forced to adopt a sex kitten persona she’s not comfortable with. This is pure Mariah, luxuriating with a glass of champagne in her hand, biting diamonds, wearing lingerie, and relying on retouching to make her as perfect on camera as she is in her mind. Her videos are pretty much the same.

The cover for the magazine came out a couple of weeks ago, but now that its hitting newsstands Terry is releasing the photos. You can see the cover here.

Is this going to be Mariah’s image forever? Is she going to be doing the same old shtick for decades? That’s Madonna’s formula, and it works for her somewhat. We may be rolling our eyes at her tired antics but Madonna is still raking in the cash. Mariah is the diva who makes everything all about her. So in that respect Richardson captured her perfectly.



photo credit: Terry Richardson

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  1. Lindy79 says:

    It’s Mariah so not shocked at the photoshopping. She brings narcissism to a level I can’t even comprehend but…

    she let her kids be photographed by Terry Richardson….

    What the WHAT??

  2. Nicolette says:

    OMG photoshopped to hell and back, and the contrast between the two top photos is laughable. I may be alone in this but I find it disturbing that her children were in the presence of a creep like Richardson. I wouldn’t have my kids anywhere near that slime ball.

  3. V4Real says:

    Jeez she ket her kids near this creep.

    I know he hasn’t been charged with any crime but the accusations are out there now; celebs must know what he is being accused of. As an adult you make your own decissions what you will or will not participate in but damn it leave your kids out of it.

  4. Dani says:

    She allowed that creep around her children? Stellar parent of the year award!!!!!

  5. blue marie says:

    This is Kardashian level.
    I like how her stomach is completely smooth in the first pic, but in that last they tried to give her muted abs.

  6. Lisa says:

    wtf? Its like they stuck her head on a manniquin!

  7. Dame Snarkweek says:

    Actually, not photoshopped enough. I can still see her.

  8. eliza says:

    I am one of the few that tolerates and enjoys Mariah’s diva antics. She is talented and worked hard to get where she is, IMO. I however, cannot get on board with her not only being photograped by Terry Richardson but bringing her kids around that sick, perverted rapist and sexual deviant. Her stock has gone down in my book significantly.

    Photoshopping. I couldn’t care less. All celebrities get the treatment. If you saw 90% of these women up close, you would be shocked at how different they look.

  9. Mario says:

    I Just Cant believe after everything about Terry she even allows him near her kids or her for that matter, Its all about her MC….. The elusive chanteuse

  10. ldub says:

    “how photoshopped is she?”
    is this even a question anymore?

  11. Kali says:

    Whoever suggested Terry Richardson to shoot Mariah needs to have their head examined. Terry’s aesthetic/style (ugh, I hate to use those words but you can pick a Terry Richardson photo from a goddamn mile away) is the raw, overexposed lighting, almost “ugly” (albeit in in a very fashionista type way). Mariah is all about glamour and artifice and butterflies and DRAMAH. Mariah in front of a white wall makes me sad :(

  12. gg says:

    I just lost the last shred of respect I had for her seeing her pose for this Blight Upon Society. He should be jailed.

  13. betsyd says:

    The shop job on the top photo is pathetic. Look at where her hair (on her right) stops suddenly, and the “shadow” looks to be drawn on using microsoft paint. The belly button makes me chuckle!

    With that said, I love Mariah, and find her antics deliciously entertaining.

  14. watchmaker says:

    MiMi, I love you, but ENOUGH ALREADY!!

  15. OriginalCrystal says:

    Are they serious with that photoshop ? I burst out laughing. She literally looks like she’s made of hot dog skin.

    Terry is disgusting and I’m so disappointed that she not only let him shoot her but she had her kids around him. Do better mariah. Seriously.

    She’s just so embarrassing now. I’ve been a fan since I can remember and was recently watching her Unplugged with my younger sister. She was just so flawless then. She was fully dressed in black and served VOCALS in a way that none of these young girls can. Heck she can barely sing herself these days. I look at all these predictable pop songs that feature a rapper and remember that she was one of the first to do it with ODB on the Fantasy remix. I see all these pathetic excuses for ‘remixes’ and I remember that Mariah was the queen of the remix (say what you want about Diddy but when he said ‘This is the remix’ you knew you were getting a completely different song not just and added rap verse). She used to be so good and now she’s tarnishing her legacy with this nonsense. Why can’t she just do like Madonna and tour constantly? I’m sure she could sell out many arena’s. Everything she’s released since The Emancipation has been garbage and I don’t even think she makes music for the love anymore. She does it just to try and prove that she’s on the same level as the young girls which is silly because she’s already made her mark. Just bow out gracefully.

    And she is perpetually stuck in 2002 if she think those sunglasses are cute.
    Do better Mariah. Do better.

  16. aenflex says:

    Sad. Photoshop is evil in this respect, as are the folks who propagate it.

  17. Kiddo says:

    Not enough!
    In my opinion, it needed additional photoshopping where uncle perv was taken out of the shot.

  18. DrFunkenstein says:

    LOL I spit coffee all over my monitor — “Photoshopped?” Try “Alternate Universe”.

  19. SoCal says:

    Mariah should wear her hair up, that’s one way of looking slimmer in the face.

  20. cathy says:

    Saw her in NYC last week and it just ridiculous the amount of photoshop she uses. No one is buying it. She and Kim would look a million times better sans photoshop if they whore clothes in their actual size.

  21. jwoolman says:

    My guess is that Pervy Terry has always been on his best behavior with Mariah, so she would not have any reason to not have her kids around. Also so far no one has accused him of going after children that young. She may not even believe the reports because her experiences with him have been so different. He goes after young unknowns or maybe permanently plastered willing types like Lindsay Lohan, I would assume. I doubt very much that he pulls that kind of thing with the famous, so they very likely see him very differently.

  22. d says:

    How Photoshopped? To a laughable extent. Her thigh/leg from the side? It doesn’t even look real anymore! Might as well be a cartoon. That said, there’s something strangely entertaining about Mariah’s diva ways, so it’s hard to be offended by it. The Terry Richardson thing gets a side-eye.

  23. rudy says:

    So inappropriate that Mariah is still playing the princess BUT her kids are now waiting on her.

  24. Bryan says:

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that she seems oblivious to her children’s presence in that last photo? It just takes “self-involved” to a whole new level. If you’re not going to interact with them, why even have them there? ESPECIALLY with Terry Richardson around.
    They’re not your personal servants. Maybe YOU should be brushing THEIR hair, rather than have them fawn over you while you don’t even deign to notice them.

    Like I said, that last shot REALLY bugs me for some reason.

  25. mazomazohyst says:

    Why do they even bother with photos anymore? Just shop that head on a generic cgi body. No need to bring in a creep like Richardson for a lot of money to take horrible and boring photos. No need to endanger cute children.

  26. lisa2 says:

    With all the controversy I wonder if she did it for PR.

    Even if she didn’t believe it she is making a major stand of support IMO.. or she wants this to be a big deal and people talk about it. Which if that is the case gross to use the children that way. Even to make a point that she doesn’t believe the talk.

    That second picture of her on whoever’s show looks not good. I wish she would let go that Hello Kitty personality, especially when with her children.

  27. Cam says:

    Can Mariah EVER hold her head straight?

  28. Naddie says:

    Ew, this woman. I wonder how her shit still sells around. Wish I could put her in locked room with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and Kim K.

  29. Rascalito says:

    Haaaaa ha ha ha ha! Her belly in that first picture is pure fiction. Or an oil painting, one or the other.