Mariah Carey has got a Milli Vanilli problem. She ended 2016 with what appears to have been a prepared lip sync routine in Times Square - but because some of her vocals did function as she anticipated, it dramatically threw off her act.
From a nonverbal perspective the incident gave us a good many teaching examples. The image above is but one of these displays. Captured from a moment during the performance in question (and its cropped close-up below), this demonstrates a classic yet often misunderstood facial expression.
Notice Ms. Carey's lower and mid-facial tension. More specifically, the area between her upper lip and nose is contracted and stretched. Mariah's nostrils are also flaring (dilated). Moreover her jaw is jutting forward - which is difficult to discern here because of the angle, however the multiple small evidences of dimpling on the lower aspect of her chin is a sure sign of a forward-directed jaw under tension (This also is a sign of clenching of the jaw).
Another profound characteristic demonstrated here is the horizontal thinning of Mariah Carey's lips. This nonverbal display taken alone is highly indicative of anger - and when clustered with the other signals mentioned above, there can be no doubt of its presence.
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