Mariah Carey / Mimi
On her 2005 album “The Emancipation of Mimi,” Mariah Carey debuted an alter ego she claimed was closer to her true self than the Mariah she showed to the public. "Mimi is a very personal nickname only used by those closest to me... just one of those little things that I’ve kept for myself in an attempt to have some delineation between a public persona and a private life,” she told MSNBC. “I am letting my guard down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me… I’ve grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities or compelled to try and live up to someone else’s vision of ‘Mariah Carey.’” —Jeff Royer
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