This week’s Billboard cover star Mariah Carey took some time during her photo shoot to take a trip down memory lane for Billboard's new video series Throw It Back. The pop icon recalled some of the most memorable moments in her career, including her debut album cover, her iconic Christmas classic, and singing with Whitney Houston.
Carey is first shown the cover art for her 1990 self-titled debut album, joking that she got “really creative” with the title, before sharing a hilarious comparison she has received to a certain US president with the picture. “My little brother/nephew once told me that I look like George Washington in this photo,” she confesses. “I think it's the hair, I don't know. So every time I look at this picture, all I think about is the fact that he told me that I look like George Washington.”
Next, the video for her 1993 hit “Hero" makes Carey declare that she'd kill someone for using that shot today since it’s focused on her “bad side.” She adds that while she would love to re-edit the video and performance, she is very thankful for the song and is still very proud of it, considering that it has endured for so long and impacted so many lives in different ways. “As a songwriter, it's a huge deal for me that I have the song,” she adds. “So for me to nitpick the video about my bad side is kind of rude, but I'll give myself break.”