Striking a Pose, Mariah Style
August 11, 2005

Mariah Carey is having one hot summer. First came her chart-topping album, and now she's on the cover of Allure for a record-setting third time! And only "Extra" is taking you inside the photo shoot, where our Tanika Ray told us Mimi was all smiles for the cameras.

"I didn't know I was the only person to appear three times," Carey admitted. "It's a huge honor to me."

"Extra" also went behind the scenes for Carey's recent performance on "The View," where she sang her number one single, "We Belong Together" off her chart-topping album, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

"Just to be well received by my fans and by people who weren't fans before and things like that does mean a lot to me," Carey told us. "I'm just so grateful and feel really blessed to have this moment."

So are there any secrets to Carey's sexy look at these long photo shoots? "Try to get some sleep the night before," she said. "It does help to have these amazing people you know doing my hair and makeup and styling and creating the whole vibe."

Check out cover girl Mariah Carey in the September issue of Allure on newsstands August 16.

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