The sexy shoot was for one of four Paper covers featuring different artists with musical residencies in Vegas. The Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez also scored covers for the issue, which hits newsstands during the first week of September, but can be ordered from the publication’s website now.
Inside the magazine, Carey promoted her All I Want for Christmas Is You holiday concert series at Caesar’s Palace and explained why she has “diva” moments.
“I have had diva moments, and then people can't handle it,” she said. “I guess it's a little intense, because I come from a true diva. My mother is an opera singer and that's a real diva, you know -- Juilliard diva. And so other people that are like, 'I'm a diva,' it's like, 'Honey, you don't know what a diva is, you didn't grow up with my mom!'”
“And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn't be the person I am without experiencing that,” Carey continued. “So when people hear me say, like, 'Dahling da da da da' and talk that way, it's like I'm channeling my mother.”