You’ve undoubtedly seen celebrities and plebes taking part in the ’10-Year Challenge’ on social media, a meme that involves posting a 2009 picture of yourself alongside a picture of yourself now. While many of them flaunted smug glow-ups, others were self-deprecating jokes or an unwitting desire to participate in a meme that is almost undoubtedly a Facebook algorithm built to collect data on aging.
Then there’s Mariah Carey, who bucked the algorithm and disregarded the entire challenge and won anyway. She is better than all of us, and this photo posted on Wednesday is evidence:
Rather than sharing a photo of herself from 2009, Carey—who has in the past demanded her birthdays be referred to as ‘anniversaries‘—posted two identical photos next to one another. She captioned her post: “I don’t get this 10 year challenge, time is not something I acknowledge,” adding, “*Picture taken at some point prior to today.”
The point here being: Mariah Carey doesn’t GAF about aging, probably in large part due to the fact that it doesn’t GAF about her. At 48 years old, she is as sprightly, sexy, and sassy (the 3 S’s of divahood!) as ever, and this self-assured disregard for the fourth dimension has fans bowing down. 2019’s new mantra, folks have decided, is: “Time is not something I acknowledge.”
My Credit Card Company: Uhm, hello, you haven't paid a bill in a year…?
Me: Time is not something I acknowledge https://t.co/yliYDHLxK7
— Cassie Surprise (@chasspod) January 16, 2019
"Time is not something I acknowledge" I say as I enter class ten minutes late with the coffee that made me ten minutes late https://t.co/7yObXzmbS3
— Elbow Grease 2 (@iamtheaardvark) January 16, 2019
when i interviewed mariah i said "you've had decades and decades of performing" and she cut me off and said "don't add that many decades" https://t.co/mDwuvjPSPE
— steven j. horowitz (@speriod) January 16, 2019
My ex boyfriend: Surely you’ve forgiven me after all this time?
Me: Time is not something I acknowledge pic.twitter.com/tzCfDieIQj
— Danielle Sepulvalentine (@ellesep) January 17, 2019
"Time is not somwthing I acknowledge" here Mariah Carey is commenting on time as a human concept that does not exist as something linear like commonly believed but circular. In this essay I will- https://t.co/AtimQ1AFkk
— dilara elbir (@elbirdilara) January 16, 2019
Tayler: I let you borrow my dress 3 weeks ago, can I have it back?
Me: time is not something I acknowledge https://t.co/XWw4NqBpgU
— The Logans (@thelogansmusic) January 17, 2019
Many other celebrities couldn’t resist the challenge. From Kate Beckinsale to Gabrielle Union and even to Mariah’s ex Nick Cannon, side-by-side comparison pictures have taken over the web. But none came remotely come close to matching the Queen Diva herself.