Mariah Carey Cements Her Legacy in Memoir, ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’

The book and album, The Rarities, explain the singer’s self-emancipation

Ayana Contreras
ZORA
Published in
6 min readSep 29, 2020

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Mariah Carey singing into a mic for an event.
Mariah Carey performs for a music event for iHeartRadio. Photo: FOX/Getty Images

The Mariah Carey that the world met back in 1990 was a fiction: a filtered version of herself. An all-American girl born of record executives and PR spin doctors. But under the saccharine surface, while married to record…

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Ayana Contreras
ZORA
Writer for

Ayana is a cultural historian, DJ and archivist. She works as a host at WBEZ/Vocalo Radio in Chicago and is a columnist at DownBeat Magazine.