Mariah Carey Shares the Story Behind Her Famously Low-Cut Jeans in the "Heartbreaker" Video

Mariah Carey is ready to take credit for the low-rise jean trend — and all of the positive or negative connotations that might come along with it. In a recent interview as part of Billboard's "Throw It Back" video series, the singer reflected on memorable moments in her career and shared a surprising anecdote about the famous jeans she wore in the "Heartbreaker" music video in 1999.

"The jeans that people were wearing were high-waisted, and I was like, 'Why? Why are we doing a high-waisted jean? That's not flattering.' I didn't understand it," Mariah said. That's when she and her stylist at the time, Tonjua Twist, decided to DIY a pair of low-rise jeans for her to wear in the iconic video.

Their method was not exactly sophisticated ("we cut 'em, then ripped 'em"), but it was effective: "I noticed that really soon after, all these designers were doing the same cut of jeans." While the revealing denim silhouette is actually attributed to Alexander McQueen, who debuted so-called Bumsters during his debut collection in 1994, Mariah's influence is certainly also worth noting.

"I still hate high-waisted jeans."

To this day, you won't catch Mariah in any other jean. "I still hate high-waisted jeans," she said. Watch her talk about the trend at 4:07 in the video above, then enjoy the "Heartbreaker" music video ahead, as well as pictures of Mariah wearing low-rise jeans over the years.

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Pictures of Mariah Carey Wearing Low-Rise Jeans
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Pictures of Mariah Carey Wearing Low-Rise Jeans

Mariah accessorized her low-rise jeans with a butterfly chain belt while leaving the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London on Oct. 31, 2002.

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Mariah paired her low-rise jeans with a bra top at a New York City party for her Charmbracelet Tour on Sept. 18, 2003.

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A few months before Glitter was released, Mariah wore a belt with the film's name on it to a party in London on July 12, 2001.

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Mariah wore embroidered low-rise jeans while performing on the Today show on May 30, 2003.

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Mariah wore her butterfly chain belt to attend a Seventeen magazine party in New York City on Oct. 25, 2002.

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Mariah attended the 2005 Teen Choice Awards in flared low-rise jeans.

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