Let Us Count The Ways Mariah Carey Is Too Fabulous for Words

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How fabulous is Mariah Carey? Let us count the ways ...

There are many universal truths in life, with one of them being the star's status as an icon. Her vocal range is unparalleled, we've never seen her look anything less than perfect, and we especially love how she holds no qualms over keeping it real. "For so long, everything was a stress-fest. I used to think that was the penance for success," she previously told InStyle. "Now, I'm just trying to enjoy my life." And what a luxurious life it is!

Following the release of her album Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, we noticed that the star has really been living it up, and in the spirit of us having each track on repeat since last month, we rounded up 22 of her most amazing moments—all of which are very Mariah. One of our favorites? Her recent performance at the 2014 BET Honors, where she performed "You're Mine (Eternal)" on a grand piano, definitely ranks at the top. Click through our gallery to see more of Mariah's most fabulous moments!

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Mariah Wears a Leopard Wetsuit

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“Mariah Carey in a wetsuit” are five words we never thought we would say, but the international pop star managed to make even a surfing ensemble look utterly glamorous. Carey was photographed while boating with fiancé James Packer near Capri, Italy, looking happy as can be in a plunging Rip Curl wetsuit with leopard-print detailing.

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Mariah Wears Sparkles in the Recording Studio

Mariah Wears Sparkles in the Recording Studio
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While the pop star has certainly been enjoying some down time, she also has been putting in hard work in the studio. Carey shared a revealing photo while recording, captioning it with a music note and microphone emoji.

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Mariah Wears a Sexy Dress to Lunch

Mariah Wears a Sexy Dress to Lunch
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The singer headed out in Saint Tropez, France in a lingerie-inspired look for a daytime date with her fiancé James Packer.

Carey was glowing as she flashed a smile and showed off her curves in a plunging, cream and white body-hugging dress, complete with sheer and lace panels.

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Mariah Wears Lingerie While On a Yacht

Mariah Wears Lingerie While On a Yacht
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While the songstress vacationed in Italy, she shared several shots of herself aboard a yacht wearing nothing more than an off-white lingerie slip and a diamond necklace. "Pon de ocean," Carey captioned one photo that showed her flashing her massive engagement ring and leaning over a wooden railing as she enjoyed a picturesque view of the ocean.

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Mariah Dazzles at Essence Festival

Mariah Dazzles at Essence Festival
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During the 22nd annual Essence Festival, the songstress wore custom Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps and a metallic pink leotard with matching cape.

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Mariah Makes Pizza in Lingerie

Mariah Makes Pizza in Lingerie
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The songstress, while on a trip to Italy, shared some ah-dorable photos of her and her daughter, Monroe Canon, 4, baking brick oven pizza. For the cooking session, Carey donned all-white lingerie—complete with fur-heeled sandals.

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Mariah Knows How to Serenade a Crowd

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Queen Mariah stole the show at the 2014 BET Honors when she climbed on top of a grand piano to perform her single "You're Mine (Eternal)."

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Mariah Glamorizes Basketball Jerseys

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Back in 2003, Carey performed during halftime at the NBA All-Star game, and her jersey minidress stands out in our memory as one of her winning sports-themed ensembles.

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...And Makes Them Even More Glamorous As a Gown

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Later in the performance, she changed into a full-length gown paying homage to the Wizards, and as expected, the crowd loved it.

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She Casually Goes Swimming In Her Gown

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Mariah took designer swimwear to a whole new level when she jumped in the pool wearing a metallic silk gown. "Having a mermaid moment in the nice water...and then it rained!" she wrote on Instagram.

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Mariah Knows How to Accessorize a Sling

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A dislocated shoulder isn't going to stop Mariah-the star experienced a slight injury on the set of one of her music videos in July of 2013, but the show must go on! Mimi went on the mend in the most stylish way possible, and during a performance in New York City, she took the stage in three ultra-glam arm slings. And here we are thinking a cast signed by your friends is the norm ...

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Mariah Rides the Subway in Couture

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While most of us keep a spare set of flats in our bag to take on the daily commute, Mariah's version of subway attire is decidedly more luxurious. The star and her entourage hopped on the 1 train in New York City, with Carey wearing the sparkly blue gown she chose for the Fresh Air Fund event earlier in the night.

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Mariah Goes Carousel Chic

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For her fifth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon, the two stars shut down Disneyland to renew their vows, and Carey hopped on the carousel-clad in her glamorous wedding gown-after the ceremony. We wouldn't expect anything less!

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Mariah Casts Her Vote

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Carey rocked the vote-as well as her trademark shades and a stunning set of hoop earrings-when she cast her ballot for the 2012 presidential election.

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Mariah and Nick Get in the Easter Spirit

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If her getups during the Holiday season weren't telling enough, Carey loves a good festive outfit, and for Easter, she and Cannon went all out in the spirit of bunny day.

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Mariah Plays the Ultimate Game of Dress-Up

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Mariah strikes a pose as her daughter Monroe lives out one of the pipe dreams we've had ever since we first saw her episode of MTV Cribs: Playing dress-up in the star's massive closet.

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Even Her Days Off Are Stylish

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This is how Mariah does a family outing! Mimi donned a mermaid gown, glamorous shades, and a pair of stilettos to hit up the playground with her children Moroccan and Monroe.

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Mariah's Glam Squad Prepares For Her Departure

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Mariah Carey is leaving the building! After World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Carey's glam squad performed a last-minute touch-up while the star proudly displayed her latest additions to her surely extensive trophy shelf.

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Mariah and Monroe Travel With Style

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Like mother, like daughter! The star and her daughter Monroe posed in matching red coats before boarding a private jet. Also of note: Monroe's teeny-tiny Louis Vuitton bag, which is further proof that fabulousness runs in the family.

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Mariah Celebrates One Sweet (Valentines) Day

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On Valentine's Day, the star waited for her husband in a balloon and glitter filled bathtub wearing a candy heart-adorned bra, with, of course, a glass of champagne in hand.

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Mariah Gets Her R and R

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True glamour never rests, and Carey drove that point home when she posted a shot of herself napping in full, expertly-blended, makeup and a feather boa.

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Mariah Shuts Down Times Square

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It wasn't New Year's Eve, but Times Square was still lively as ever when Carey took over the area to give fans a sneak peek at her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, almost three weeks before it dropped on May 27.

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Mariah Redefines Sportswear

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In 2008, Mariah flew to Japan to throw the first pitch at the Yomiuri Giants vs. Rakuten Golden Eagles game at the Tokyo Dome. While her toss didn't go exactly as planned, the star certainly knows how to dress for the occasion!

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Mariah Takes a Late-Night Stroll

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We've all had one of those moments where we've taken a midnight walk to clear our head, and Mariah did just that in a plunging black gown, cat-eye glasses, and a sheer fingerless glove.

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Mariah Steals the Show

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Mariah attended P. Diddy's 35th birthday ball in 2004, and almost managed to upstage the celebrant himself in her fabulous pastel green gown, which featured tons of tulle, an ultra-long train, and color-coordinated floral detailing. True to form, she topped off the look with an emerald tiara.

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Mariah Gets Ready for the Race

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What do you get when you merge a racing uniform with Mariah Carey's haute couture tastes? The jumpsuit she wore to sing the national anthem at the Daytona 500 in 2003, obviously.

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Mariah Perfects Ski Bunny Style

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If only our own winterwear were as chic! In one of her first Instagram posts, Carey shared a throwback holiday picture from 2011. "In Aspen, wearing the outfit I wore for my first ever Christmas video!" she wrote.

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Mariah Serves Up Looks -- And Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Even when cooking at home, Mariah still manages to look fierce! The star prepared for Thanksgiving in a figure-flattering red dress and a dainty floral hair accessory.

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