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Mariah Carey has ditched her beauty products and gone au naturel for her role in the Sundance -- and now Cannes -- hit 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire', and it may be the best move she's ever made.

The usually glam singer-actress -- who is said to travel with her own personal brigade of beauticians and sleep with no less than 20 humidifiers surrounding her bed -- is earning critical raves for her turn as a homely (to be nice) social worker in the film, which had its red-carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend.

Check out some before-and-after photos, as well as the trailer, after the jump.

Mariah Carey has ditched her beauty products and gone au naturel for her role in the Sundance -- and now Cannes -- hit 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire', and it may be the best move she's ever made.

The usually glam singer-actress -- who is said to travel with her own personal brigade of beauticians and sleep with no less than 20 humidifiers surrounding her bed -- is earning critical raves for her turn as a homely (to be nice) social worker in the film, which had its red-carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend.

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    Mariah Carey undergoes a startling physical metamorphosis for her turn as a social worker in the critically acclaimed Cannes drama 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.'

    Singer Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon seen on Roberto Cavalli's yacht during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival. Nick looks like a deer in headlights when Mariah goes to kiss him? If I hadn't seen 'Love Don't Cost A Thang' so many times, I'd swear he'd never kissed a girl before.05-16-09 Cannes, France

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    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got cozy on Roberto Cavalli's yacht during 62nd International Cannes Film Festival.

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    At a photo call for her new film "Precious" Mariah Carey (in Dior) posed with rocker Lenny Kravitz

    Mike Marsland, WireImage

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Of Carey's metamorphosis, The Washington Times says: "Carey undergoes a startling transformation that transcends the physical into the virtually existential. Gone are the trappings of fame and fashion ..."





This could be the beginning of a more serious chapter in Carey's acting career. 'Precious' -- about an overweight girl battling rape, abuse and teenage pregnancy in 1987 Harlem -- has already won both the Sundance Audience and Special Jury prizes, and has earned Oprah's stamp of approval. And the fact that director Lee Daniels chose Carey to replace Helen Mirren, who was originally on tap for the part, is pretty telling of her acting chops -- don't you think? For our part, we've already forgotten 'Glitter' ever existed. Well, almost. -- By Tom DiChiara