Mary J. Blige at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala

Posted on May 14, 2013

Oh, Miss Mary J. We don’t know about this one.


Mary J. Blige attends the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala in New York City.

We feel like we can’t even see what she’s wearing clearly because our eyes keep getting pulled in so many directions. Although it didn’t take long for them to head south. Jesus, Mary and Oprah, girl; those shoes are TACKY. We think a white outfit with gold accents is a great idea in theory (and it’s kind of a MJB thing), but right off the bat we can say those shoes are the worst thing going on here. As for the rest of it, let’s run down the list:

  1. The dress is a great idea in theory but it looks too tight on her.
  2. The jacket looks like an attempt to cover a too-tight dress, but it’s a mismatched white and it’s also too tight. Not to mention, it really doesn’t go with the dress at all.
  3. The earrings are fabulous.
  4. Love the hair and makeup.
  5. The frames are fun and she’s worn them before, but we kinda think that, like the shoes, they’re too much for the outfit.


There. Fully assessed.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • My issue is the actual Tom Ford emblem ON the glass of the glasses. It bugs.

  • DeborahJozayt

    Her shoes are boa constrictors that have found their prey.

  • I had a moment of thinking it was one of those cling-on stickers and she’d just forgotten to remove it.

    • BrooklynBomber

      But I think that’s what it is!

      • That’s just weird and it’s the thing that irked me most about the outfit too. Maybe someone just handed them to her at the event because how do you miss that? If it’s permanent, someone needs to slap Tom Ford.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Well, he probably needs to be slapped anyway.

          • MilaXX

            He does have a way of being a bit extra at times

        • That kind of thing is on the lenses when you try on the demo/sample pair, but when the *real* lenses are made, it’s not there.

          • Pennymac

            To everyone on this thread, absolutely, positively, RIGHT ON!

          • i’m the only one that at first glance thought it was Rupaul?

          • blueberrypanckae

            executive realness

  • don’t care, love huh.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like the glasses with the outfit and in my screen the whites of the dress and the jacket match.
    However, her makeup is so thick it looks as if it could be carved out with a spoon.
    The clothes are too tight and the shoes are too much.
    I hate the hair color.
    This look could be fabulous, but I think it’s out.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Yes. That’s even worse than leaving the price tag on your clothes. You can tell right away that she doesn’t need glasses. It looks stupid.

    • charlotte

      She should give them to Ms. Blankenship.

    • Allison Nichols

      Oooh that was my first thought. With the decal on the lenses and the way the light reflects off of them–they look like a fake pair of glasses, which I cannot stand. You know if those were prescription Mary J would have gone for the anti-glare coating. Fake glasses, they bug.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love glasses. Looking cute in glasses is my consolation prize for being a blind bitch.

  • babylonsista

    Church lady game proper. She’s the sister who plans all the fun outings for youth group and allows the girls to twerk during lockins.

    • I love this.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        That really was pretty awesome!

    • BrooklynBomber

      Church lady meets sexy librarian, I’m thinking. Pull off the glasses, shake out the hair, give that dress side-zipper a pull and she turns into. . . Mary J. Blige!

  • it really does…i’m not big on logo stuff to begin with, but right near the middle of an eyeglass? And the frames are too big for her face.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Loose the jacket and I think it will all work out.

  • Janet B

    There is so much to look at I didn’t even notice the shoes.

    If the dress fit she’d look pretty fab. Then she could ditch the jacket.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I know! I was like, “Shoes, shoes, shoes…. has she got shoes on? Who the hell can tell? And how can you tell that they’re awful when the whole outfit is just so whacked out?”

  • Diego!

    I totally disagree. She looks amazing! Like a modern version of Diana Prince/Selina Kyle. You go girl! 😛

  • jamie2348

    Looks like she works at a makeup counter

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      Which is ironic because her makeup looks horrible.

      • It’s blended well enough, but you can still tell that her face is two shades lighter than her lower neck.

  • Missy Covington

    My huge issue with the outfit is the shoes. They make it look unbalanced and top-heavy. I think everything else would be passable with different shoes. Maybe not knock-it-out-of-the-park-amazing, but passable.

  • MJB as executive secretary at Carrington-Colby Enterprises.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      This. Exactly. Yes, this – EXACTLY!

  • SewingSiren

    She’s kind of got a vintage Barbie vibe . She should have worn black Spring-o-lators.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Nope, This is. not. working. at. all.

  • Amelia

    I don’t understand how it isn’t driving her nuts. Seeing that little logo right on the edge of my field of vision would be so irritatinging!

    • AmeliaEve

      I would be driven to distraction, but I still love the frames. Just looking at this photo made me stop and clean my own glasses, which have the designers’ names all over the temple anyway, but not actually in my field of view.

    • Most days my glasses are so dirty a logo right there wouldn’t make a difference! But it irritates me looking at her.

  • minnye

    Sigh. She’s got the perfect heart shaped face for those frames. When I attempt cat eyes on my square face I resemble that cantankerous old lady on the greeting cards.

  • hughman

    Oh NeNe, “The New Normal” was cancelled. You can change now.

    • MilaXX

      the shade of it all

  • Oh man do I ever hate those frames on her and the shoes are awful.

  • The only persons who should wear these glasses are Tom Ford himself and his namesakes.

    Makes it easier too if they’re forgetting them on the rim of the basin.

  • teensmom99

    Love the hair, make up, glasses. She looks like someone I could know in thebest way possible.

  • sagecreek

    Vice Principal out on the town.

  • ringthing

    I think this is easily fixed with a couple of tweaks, but the bigger issue in my mind is, why are so many women wearing these grabby dresses? They never look like they fit, the fabric is grabbing at hips and waists and busts; it’s like it’s part of the design that looks tight and/or bunchy.

  • Patricia Gillett

    This look wold be instantly improved if the dress were in her size. Yes, the shoes are bad but this was a fail long before my eyes got down that far. Fit, fit, fit. It matters. MJB, have your people call Queen Latifah’s people and get educated, please.

  • Qitkat

    I think she looks maavalous, but there’s no way I can applaud earrings the size of handcuffs. NO WAY.

    • MilaXX

      girl those are what I would call my small earrings

      • formerlyAnon

        Y’all making me laugh here, ladies.

      • Qitkat

        I wish you could see my face! Mila, you rock!

  • ballerinawithagun

    She looks so uncomfortable, like a dress made of Spanx! The too tight jacket just makes it look like she didn’t want to show her arms. But as with the Queen last week I’m sure they are beautiful, brown and toned so show them off!

  • CeeQ

    I was hoping to scroll down and see fierce pants suit. Alas all I got was ticky tacky gold sandals. For shame.
    Love the frames though!

  • CeeQ

    Didn’t even notice till you mentioned it. Now I can’t not see it. With my heavy astigmatism and short sighted-ness, my poor eyes would be forever drawn downwards to the branding on my lenses. No good. And would eventually lead to migraine headaches.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Is… is that actually on the lenses? That would drive me nuts.

  • And it’s kind of tacky that she left the label on the glasses.

    • formerlyAnon

      “kind of”?????????????

      • I was trying to be polite. 😛

  • It’s tacky AND it would be so distracting that I’d have a headache within an hour.

  • As a person who “suffered” all my life with dorky glasses that I actually needed, I loathe when people who have (almost) perfect vision wear fake glasses.

  • I have to disagree on something with my favourite gay uncles, I think the makeup is awful.
    There’s a white “cloud” all over her face… it looks like too much HD face powder, maybe? It’s know that this powder has problems with direct flash in front of the face.

    • MilaXX

      I agree the makeup is either the wrong formula or the wrong shade. Foundations with SPF don’t photograph well or AA skin and give them a ashey look.

  • jw_ny

    It’s MJB…I expect her to be a bit over the top….the earring and glasses push this outfit there. Sure, the dress is snug on her…likely she thinks it’s sexier that way. Overall I kind I like the outfit, and the mismatched whites and shoes don’t bother me.

  • MilaXX

    Yup, yup & yup. Too much.and assembled badly

  • NOLA_gal

    OMG y’all, do you remember how MJB used to dress? I feel like she deserves huge props just for showing up in this!

  • Those frames are killing me from a style perspective with the outfit, as well as from the tackiness of the Tom Ford logo. I love Tom Ford, but those glasses are an epic FAIL! And the rest of the outfit is just disappointing!

  • rosie5215

    Her foundation is so off – it’s got that weird ashy sheen to it. Oh, Mary J., you can do better than CVS-level makeup. 🙁

  • formerlyAnon

    The glasses give me Great Joy, except of course for the branding sticker which I *despise.* I’d say change up the dress/jacket as necessary to make it all bit sleeker.

    The shoes are only acceptable if she was intentionally trying to give “the people’s touch” to her look – those shoes are the kind of impulse-love-is-blind purchase followed by this conversation: “OhMiGah, GIRL! Wait’ll you see what I found marked down 75% at [Nieman Marcus] Last Call! Love them so much, I’ll find something I can wear ’em with!”

  • Louise Bryan

    True, that looks weird, although I can attest that she probably doesn’t even see it if she wears these glasses with any frequency. I love everything from the neck up.

  • Do the frames actually say “Tom Ford” ON THE LENSE? What? That’d be a circular file dealbreaker for me right there. Also, she already has a heart-shaped face, so heart-shaped frames are overkill.

  • TheAmericaness

    Sexy librarian that needs to loosen up. Literally. The dress. The hair. The stance. Then boom! Got it.

  • Bill Curtis

    She looks like a technician at Sterling Optical.

  • mellorcr

    Has everybody gone blind today? Am I the only person who thinks the makeup looks like she is wearing a grey mudmasque and forgot to remove it? Look how her skin changes color at the bottom of her neck, and her chest and hands are a completely different color.

    • I noticed that too. I also wonder why the sticker is still on her glasses.

  • guest2visits

    I like the hair, the glasses (without the decal), the jewelry, and even (in really small print): the shoes.
    I would like the dress and jacket alot more if the dress didn’t have the sheer panels which make it a bit tacky.