Mary J. Blige Helps Out A Fan In Dis-dress

Singer Mary J. Blige was shopping at the Diane von Furstenberg store in New York’s Meatpacking District when a woman at the counter appeared to be in distress over a dress she couldn’t afford. “The girl had a dress on hold (lay-a-way) that she loved, and the bill was $900. She thought it was only $500, and she couldn’t afford it,” a witness told the New York Post’s Page Six.” That’s when Blige swooped in with her Gucci pocketbook and told the saleswoman: “Go get the girl. I want to pay for the balance on the dress,” the witness recounted. The customer at first turned down Blige’s offer but eventually agreed after the singer said: “I know what it’s like to want something and not be able to have it. I insist.” The woman wanted to send her a check for the balance, but Blige said, “Just enjoy it. I’m blessed, so let me do this.” Mary may be the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but kudos to her for remembering what it was like before she wore the crown.



  1. Now that’s what I’m talking about. NOT forgetting where you came from. I want to be the same way if God allows me to live out the dream that I have. Go Mary!!!! That young lady will never forget that dress.

  2. Kudos to Mary for not forgetting where she came from.

    “When You’ve Been Blessed; Pass It On.”

  3. i read about this on i would love to just be able to whip out $400 to give a stranger? i mean, that’s probably pocket change to her, but to be able to afford to do that? i give it up to mary cuz that is a true act of kindness. and yes she is truly blessed

  4. Wow, that was incredibly nice of her. She’s so humble. Gotta love Mary!

  5. Wow, reding the article gave me goose pimples. Thats exactly what you do when you are blessed, you give back. Karma has and will be good to my girl Mary.

  6. Stephanie you are on the good feeling roll today! loved it!

  7. Good going Mary. I’m glad to know she never lost touch with how she came up and knows what it is like to short-handed at the register. I love Mary J because she is so involved with many charities and gives back.

    But I did a double take at the price – $900. That woman was willing to pay $500 for a dress? Wow, lucky her.

  8. I don’t get it. With people sleeping on the street, mothers who can’t feed their kids for whatever reason, you give her props for giving someone $400.00 because they were short on a $900.00 purchase. But it’s her money and she can do what she wants to whom she wants. I still don’t get the praise.

  9. Surabi,

    I think you are missing the point. We are not praising her for purchasing a $900 skirt. We are praising her for doing a good deed in helping someone out who needed it. It shows how humble she is and that she has not forgotten where she came from. She is sharing her blessings.

  10. Mary is an entertainer who has done her part to help out plenty of charities for those less fortunate especially from her hometown of Brooklyn. She is very active in supporting drug abuse centers because she has been there before.

    All that matters is that she did something very nice for someone she didn’t know. The specifics are irrelevant.

  11. I truly admire Mary for being so generous. She is truly a beautiful person -inside and out. I did the double take on the “willing to pay $500 for a dress”, part but I see this as a “not-so-well-off woman” (it WAS on LAYAWAY) trying to treat herself. I think that’s what Mary saw too and why she decided to help. I can’t afford too many $500 or $900 dresses myself, but would like to treat myself to one once every blue moon. We as women often give so much to everyone else and only sometimes have the resources to truly treat ourselves. Kudos to Mary for helping this woman treat herself.

  12. All I have to say is I love MJB. She is truely a good person at heart and every since she can out (What’s the411- Growing Pains) she has alwayz been my American Idol. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!! Stay true to your self mary .

  13. When you are blessed, be a blessing to others.
    That is really nice. Now that makes me feel good. And I’ve been listening to Growing Pains all day. 🙂

  14. Gone, Mary girl….! Tell it like it is! 🙂 Now who’s keepin’ it “real”? This lady is on to something you all. She is breaking barriers not only in music but in LIFE period. She is connecting the “haves” with the “have nots” through the gift of giving – and directly, might I add.

    That’s what’s up!

  15. @Surabi
    How do you (we) know that she hasn’t done that already? She’s probably helped and aided a many of folks in her lifetime who didn’t have a dime to their name. But just because the media didn’t catch it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. This story is probably 1% of her “good” deeds. 🙂

  16. I read on another site about this and most of the ignorant folks were commenting on how Mary could have used the $400 for something else, completely missing the whole point of gesture.

    Firstly, it’s her money and she has every right to do what she pleases with it. Last time i checked, being charitable should come from the heart rather than forced obligation!

    By the way, you don’t have to be rich to be able to give. If you learn to give now with your current wage, you will still be blessed.

    There are many things you can do to help the needy, be it your time, some form of voluntary work, clothes, food, teaching, cleaning etc.

  17. Mary U r the best! You will continue to receive more blessings, you have not forgotten where you came from and u sitting on top of the world.

  18. That was extremely nice of her. She helped the girl out, giving is the key people.

  19. I agree with Surabi.

    I believe Mary does many charitable things, and I praise her for it. However, this does not impress me. Yes, it was nice of her, but how can anyone be “MOVED” by the purchase of what is likely a vanity item. It’s just not that serious.

  20. @surabi

    Since you don’t know what other charitable acts she has done–your response just sounds like a person looking for something negative.

    I’ve been a mother struggling in my past–and you know what–sometimes something “pretty” or “beautiful” would have made all the difference in the world.

    I would wager that if she would come out of pocket for something as frivolous as a dress–she most likely has other charitable donations that she simply doesn’t make public.

  21. Question,
    Am I the only one who has never, nor would I consider buying a 900 dress and to even put it on layaway?

    I am not poor, never have been but want to know wear you are going in a 900 dress when you had to lay it away?

    I applaud Mary for her generosity and kindness.

  22. it’s not the fact of being blessed, it’s being taught that no matter what, there’s always someone that is in more need than you and if you have it, don’t look down on them, help them cause that will lift their spirits a little more. thak you mary. pass some of that on to some of the others in the industry. let them know, “

  23. @Peace and love

    No, sis. You aren’t alone. I would have a hard time bringing myself to do it. Although I did see this $2900 peacock ball gown that I thought for a minute I would HAVE to have, but that urge passed really fast.

  24. KUDOS to Mary. She definitely hasn`t forgotten where she came from. There`s nothing wrong with reaching back to help one in need. Now this is TRULY keepin` it real and being FLY…

    “Man In The Mirror” by MJ

    I`m gonna make a change, for once in my life
    It`s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference
    Gonna make it right

    As I, turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
    This wind is blowin` my mind
    I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
    Who am I, to be blind pretending not to see their needs
    A summer`s disregard, a broken bottle top
    And a one man`s soul
    They follow each other on the wind ya` know
    Cause they got nowhere to go
    That`s why I want you to know

    I`m starting with the man in the mirror
    I`m asking him to change his ways
    And no message could have been any clearer
    If you wanna make the world a better place
    Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
    Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah

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