Mariah-Oh-Meter: Rate Her Africa Look!

01/03/2007 at 01:00 PM ET

Oh, Mimi. Even though we know she likes to wear short, tight dresses to children’s charity events, we were a little surprised by the curve-hugging, cleavage-enhancing getup she wore to the opening of Oprah Winfrey’s school in South Africa. The pearls are a duly noted conservative touch, and it’s always nice to see her with some natural curl in her hair. But a tiger print? Is that a nod to the locale or perhaps a safari was on her schedule later in the day? Well, at least you can say that she dresses for the occasion! Tell us: On a scale of One to Ten, how would you rate Mariah’s oh-factor in this look?

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Lynne on

OUCH! Would I expect anything less from someone who wore tight spandex casings and a childrens leather jacket in 15 degree weather?! Aside from it being completely and totally inappropriate, at least it is somewhat of an attractive outfit. Perhaps though, she should have left it at home and opted for a more softer look like a previous poster mentioned…nice slacks and a buttoned down blouse and heels. By the way…does this chick have a mirror or stylist to tell her how bad things look or why didnt Oprah have the common sense to pull her aside and tell her to change her clothes?

Kavikins on

Seriously? This is the best she can come up with to wear at a CHILDRENS Charity event? She needs to re-think not only her fashion choices but her mental state. This is just vulgar and embarassing to watch especially visiting an impoverished nation.

Jennifer on

I think she looks gorgeous! I personally wouldn’t wear it because I don’t have her body, but it looks great on her. Look at the things she’s worn in the past, it’s a Mariah outfit. As for the Ugg boots, I don’t think so.

A on

Hi, I’m from SA. I think she looks terrible, but she looks like that most days. I actually think the african thing might have gone down well, as big bold patterns like that are quite popular here. I wouldn’t really agree with the growing Islamic influences… as the Africans ( even the rest of the population ) here follow many religions – from traditional African beliefs, strict Christian, Islamic or a blend. She was not appropriately dressed for an educational event with children present – but you know,you’ve got to come here and spend time with the locals to know that it was probably ok & accepted. There’s a different style and buzz around here when it comes to clothing, because the more into town you go, the more similiar it is to the clothing styles that you’ll find on these websites, but as you move out of town it changes. Also, the different people here dress differently.

So to make a long story short ( sorry about that ), yes in a style manner she looks terrible, and her dress is universally inappropriate for the event – but I don’t think it’s such a big deal here. Also it’s been so damn hot – you’ll see worse.

How terrible is that – the first time I defend Mariah Carey? Bleh..

Caitlin on

What a revolting outfit and can she please put her boobs away for even one moment?

Diana on

She should start dressing more appropriately for her age. Although she is in amazing shape and I would give anything to have the figure she does, at my age or her age, she is dressed way to liberally. I know she does it all the time and seems to get away with it but come on. Enough already. Her outfits are getting worse and worse as she ages. And to wear that to the opening of a Girl’s Academy is indecent.

Huronda on

I think that she yeah she was in Africa but to help Oprah on an all girls school not to make a video

hiay on


night on

She looks like ten pounds of bologna in a one pound bag.

Dragonfly on

-10 (minus 10)
What an excellent example to the girls. I wonder how bad she’ll dress when she hits 40.

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