Eight months pregnant Mariah, 42, proudly showed off the bump in time-honoured celebrity fashion - in an exclusive cover shoot with a magazine. Bronzed, radiant, with her hair tumbling softly about her shoulders, the chart-topping singer looked relaxed as she awaits the arrival of her first children, a boy and a girl.
'I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience,' Carey told Life & Style magazine
'My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans.'
Carey joins a number of pregnant stars who have posed nude while heavily pregnant. Demi Moore famously appeared naked on the cover of Vanity Fair in August 1991 while seven months pregnant with daughter Scout LaRue.
Many have copied that pose, including Christina Aguilera, who was pictured pregnant with son Max on the January 2008 cover of Marie Claire. Carey's twins - a boy and a girl - were clearly ready for their close-ups. She said: 'The babies were kicking almost the entire time; it was unbelievable.
'Especially the girl - clearly she’s a diva in training. We didn’t start shooting until 1:30am because I was in the hospital from the night before until the day of the shoot with contractions five minutes apart!'
Clearly, although Carey isn't due to give birth for a few weeks, the twins could be making their entrance sooner rather than later.
The We Belong together singer suffered a scare when she was admitted to hospital last month with early contractions. But for now, she and her husband Nick Cannon are enjoying their last few days as a household of two.
Cannon said he has never been more attracted to his wife. 'I thought I couldn’t love Mariah more,” he tells Life & Style.
'But I have a whole new appreciation and admiration for her.'
However, yesterday he admitted he may come to regret stripping off for a photo shoot with his heavily pregnant wife.
The TV and radio presenter, 30, has confessed that he is already regretting the artistic photos which are due to be displayed on the walls of their family home.
'My children are going to have to see these pictures. It's a little weird,' he said during his Rollin' with Nick Cannon radio show.
'It's a little nasty,' he continued. 'I mean, have you ever seen your parents naked?
'When they get older and their friends come over... they will see the pictures and say, "Your daddy's butt naked".'
Carey added: 'Now I have so much respect for mothers everywhere, especially those who’ve had difficult pregnancies or given birth to multiples. We need to have Mother’s Day once a week.'
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