05/30/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
Mimi seems to have emancipated herself, all right – from a swanky, chauffeur-driven car.
Self-proclaimed “elusive chanteuse” Mariah Carey (hey, it is the subtitle of her new album, Me. I Am Mariah) earned her common-folk bona fides Thursday night on her way home from a glitzy gala in N.Y.C., opting to take the subway instead of a car.
And, true to form, Carey – who had attended the Fresh Air Fund gala in downtown Manhattan – was in all-out Mimi Mode, hopping on the diva express in a sparkly blue gown whose plunging neckline flashed ample décolletage and whose sky-high slit threatened to make riders miss their stop.
Better still, it was captured for all posterity on social media: Carey, 44, posted a series of images and videos of the joyride – which also included a cab ride – on Instagram and Vine, chronicling her plebeian adventure while providing gonzo running commentary.
“I figured since I’m underdressed, we might as well take the subway,” she quips, before hopping on the 1 train.
“Avoid this area!” she helpfully offers, pointing to a trash-strewn sidewalk.
And – contrary to what fans might think given her coiffed-out, polished-up image – the songbird says she actually does like hanging outdoors.