Thursday, November 17

Mary don'tcha you weep, tell Mimi not to moan

Poor Mary J. Blige. She's disgusted by her new cover shot for Vibe. When receiving the magazine's VLegend Award at the big event a few days ago, Mary's acceptance speech included a swipe at editor-in-chief Mimi Valdes, whom she feels sabotaged her photo. Now a war of words -- Mary vs. Mimi -- has ensued.

Mary: "I'm very, very disappointed at the cover this time, so Mimi, me and you really need to talk, as women. I really hated the way you guys shaved off my head, pushed my forehead way back behind my ears. I'm just insulted... But I thank you, and I appreciate this award.”

Mimi: "How your hair looks on that cover is between you and your hairstylist. I swear, your hairline is no different than the Polaroids you saw at the shoot..."

Mary, Mary, Mary... Don't you know PR 101 by now? Never call attention to something that no one would paid attention to -- not until you yourself start yapping about it.

Besides, many of the world's most glamorous women got their wigs pushed back (by God), too. Look at beautiful Susan Taylor of Essence. Image Hosted by

What about elegant supermodel Iman?

And don't forget about the most powerful woman in America: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.Condi Rice: 4 Head.

Perhaps the constant manipulation of your hair throughout your career has taken a toll. Plus, did you see Mimi's own fatal-looking photo on Vibe's website? Can't imagine that Mimi actually approved this picture of herself to run, either...Mimi Valdes, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine, is shown on the right.  You might not have known which of these were her, based on Mary J. Blige's criticism of the magazine's photo skills. Well, maybe Mimi should consider hiring a different photographer and/or photo editor. Maybe someone new at Vibe would better have your back. And hers.

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Blogger Berry said...

The picture is not very flattering, especially considering the fact that Mary had taken some wonder cover photos in the past. It doesn't look professional...I don't understand why anyone would choose that photo other than simply not having an eye for what is flattering. That is not a cover that is going to have magazines flying off the stands. Poor "Vibe".

7:10 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

funny that you say that. i saw some other recent photos of mary, where people criticized that her appearance had been far to airbrushed, etc. so the vibe cover may be closer to the real look of mary, and to your point, may not sell as well.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Clay said...

you know i agree w. you! i really didnt even notice her headlight forehead until she pointed it out. Mimi let her have it - don't mess w/ a Cuban woman!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Inside Man said...

Condeleeza Rice is more powerful than Oprah?.lol. But yo, Mary has no need to complain, atleast her forehead doesn't look like Tyra's.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

damn! Mary looks like she has a fivehead in that picture! Poor girl it isn't very flattering...

4:48 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...


yup, mimi came with it -- pointing out that mary was just fine with the polaroid snapshot at the shoot. not to mention, mary's people should have leveraged their juice to insist on a look at the cover photo before it went to print.

that was so not the right place for mary to bring that up. why front mimi/vibe that way and risk merely calling attention to all your own "faults?"

6:02 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

you know i pondered that, whether condi or oprah really was more powerful. in the end, i decided that since oprah wasn't allowed in gucci in paris, maybe condi's shine was at least on par. plus, condi had the 4 head needed to make my point. :-)

6:05 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

four head, five head, six head seven. if you got more head, can't fit in heaven!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Berry said...

Hmmm, unless she is trying to compete with the "rag" magazines like "Star" and the like, I doubt having Mary look like her half blind cousin photographed her would sell more issues. LOL! I hope that Q can get the magazine back. Never been a big fan of it anyway. I also hope from this point forward Mary will stipulate in her contract that she has some say-so as to what is selected to be published. The whole point of doing a cover is to boost your image and career. Not a good move in this case.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

I purchased Vibe way back when it first hit the scene. But I couldn't tell you the last time I even cracked a Vibe open. Particularly since XXL debuted, it's been like 'why bother?' The writing's always fresh in XXL and I find Vibe boring in comparison.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Berry said...

I think a lot of people agree with you. I read recently that Q is trying to purchase the it again...hopefully he is successful and can breathe new life into the troubled mag.

7:16 AM  
Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

some people you can't satisfy. seven covers and she's moaning. hmmm

2:06 PM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

Damn- don't we have more important things to dicuss in the black community than MJB's cover shot?!?!

And I thought the Terrell Owens mess was silly...

6:56 PM  

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