It’s been a good couple of years for Mariah Carey, whose multiplatinum 2005 release, The Emancipation of Mimi, continues to yield hits, including her latest, ”Say Somethin’.” In the extravagant video, she frolics in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams — all while clad in the ultraluxe designs of famed French fashion house Louis Vuitton. Come, take an inside look at the outrageously priced fantasy world of a woman whose poreless skin shines like burnished copper, whose conditioned locks flow like a caramel river, and whose hot pants probably cost twice as much as your monthly house payment.
1 Royal Treatment
Director Paul Hunter (who’s worked with Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, and Eminem) says that he envisioned the video as ”a modern-day version of JFK and Marilyn Monroe on a romantic getaway.” (Alrighty, then!) Mariah is actually a devoted Norma Jean fan; in 1999, she paid $662,500 for the late star’s piano?and last year Carey paid tribute to her in the Hunter-helmed clip for the single ”Don’t Forget About Us,” which mimicked the famous pool shot from Monroe’s last, uncompleted film, Something’s Got to Give.
2 Louis, Louis
Though the line is now helmed by design superstar Marc Jacobs, the original Louis Vuitton began as a Paris trunk maker in 1854. Considered among the world’s first status symbols, LV items are actually the second-most-counterfeited commercial goods in the world — second only to Microsoft (Nike, Gucci, and adidas round out the top five; Viagra comes in at No. 11).
Some viewers may recognize that 6-foot-6 giant in the black patent leather coat as Vogue magazine’s fabulously flamboyant editor-at-large André Leon Talley, who also occasionally styles celebs like Renée Zellweger and Melania Trump. Others may recall his visit to Oprah last year, when the pair discussed their shared struggle with obesity — and his enduring love of that now-forbidden fruit, Oreo cookies.
4 Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing
Much of the video is filmed inside the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris, where, Hunter says, ”we had to shoot in between the store hours, so it was all done at night.” And those vintage LV trunks, like the ones Mariah perches on in her teeny bikini? They go for thousands on the antiques market. Unscrupulous street vendors, however, will sell you a fake LV handbag for about $40.
5 Jailhouse Rap
Scheduling conflicts forced Snoop to skip the party in Paris and shoot his scenes in L.A., though maybe it was for the best. Weeks later, the 34-year-old rapper (and sometime porn entrepreneur) was arrested following a brawl at Heathrow Airport that started when members of his crew were denied entry to a British Airways lounge. He was subsequently banned from the airline — indefinitely. Bad Dogg!