Mary J. Blige had to make an early exit from last month’s (Jan18) Critics’ Choice Awards because her high heels left her in excruciating pain. The singer/actress was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role in Mudbound, and although she went hom…
Mary J. Blige had to make an early exit from last month’s (Jan18) Critics’ Choice Awards because her high heels left her in excruciating pain.
The singer/actress was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role in Mudbound, and although she went home empty-handed, it was the last thing on her mind as she slipped out of the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Mary reveals the towering heels she wore under her glittering, strapless Vivienne Westwood gown were killing her throughout the evening, so she decided to cut the night short for the sake of her own comfort – even though the event coincided with her 47th birthday.
“It’s all about being comfortable. If your feet are comfortable, you win,” she told New York Magazine. “If your feet hurt, you have to go home early. That’s what happened to me at the Critics’ Choice Awards. My feet started hurting so bad, I felt like somebody was cutting my toes off.
“I had to leave, and soon as I left, they (producers) brought me a cake. The other cast members were texting me, saying, ‘They just brought you a cake!'”
Blige admits getting all glammed up for red carpet events is something she is still not a huge fan of, because she was always a tomboy growing up – something her longtime friend and collaborator, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, previously known as Puff Daddy, first noticed when they began working together back in the early 1990s.
“What I loved about Puff is he immediately saw (what my style was),” she shared. “I mean, instead of a tight dress, he put a baggy Armani suit on me with some Teflon boots. I wore a miniskirt sometimes, a pleated miniskirt, but I wore boots with it. But I hated skirts, I hated dresses, because I sit like this (with her legs spread apart). I can’t sit like that with a miniskirt on.”
The Family Affair hitmaker, who was sexually abused as a kid, confesses her preference for baggy clothing all stems from her childhood of “survival”: “I worked with a lot of men and grew up around a lot of men,” she explained. “I didn’t want them to look at me like that (sexually). I kind of sat like them, talked like them, even subconsciously, so they wouldn’t look at me like I’m a girl.”
Mary has since become more comfortable showing off a little skin, but insists it took her a “long time” to embrace her feminine style, and even now, she has to remind herself to act like a lady and avoid slouching in public.
She added, “I’m just learning how to stand up straight, and I have to remember to posture myself straight on the red carpet.”
Mary will have another chance to perfect her posture and make a style statement this awards season at the Oscars next month (Mar18), when she is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress statuette.
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