Mariah Carey’s photoshoots are expensive.
This just in – the digital, lighting and styling mastery and Harry Potter level of special effects that it takes to turn Mariah Carey from whatever current form she is to a twig version of Beyonce is about as expensive as you might imagine.
Mariah is being slapped with a lawsuit (via her label) in which a pissed off photographer claimed the label engaged him to shoot the new Mimi album cover and so he hired in a thousand unicorns, fifty trillion orange and pink butterflies, bought a chandalier the size of a house and rented all of Miami for a week and then those tricks cancelled at the last minute with no reason. Rude!
According to TMZ the photographer broke down the costs for a Mimi shoot as follows
Stylist — $65,391
Hair stylist — $9,600
Makeup artist — $7,200
Manicurist — $2,400
Photographer Fee — $150,000
Vaseline for the lense – $8
It’s frankly disappointing that the photographer didn’t tell the truth about where that $150,000 fee is going – a warehouse in Taipei where 140 digital designers work day and night for three weeks in order to create the wax mannequin version of a human person we see every few years in front of the words “Mariah Carey” on Target and ASDA shelves.
I personally think Mimi should file for a divorce from Photoshop for a while and instead have her next album cover raw and real, and most importantly, honest.