Whitney appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar Magazine in the U.S. in January of 1996. The photographer was Patrick Demarchelier, who later was the photographer of her last album, I Look To You. Her dress here is by John Galliano. This was a breakthrough in the world of fashion magazines as at this point in the early 90's, very few women of color had been on the cover of high fashion mags.
Whitney and the famous host of Soul Train TV show, Don Cornelius. Whitney appeared on Soul Train only once - in February 1985. She performed "You Give Good Love" to a rousing ovation and later in the show performed "How Will I Know" to show audiences she could do up tempo songs as well as ballads. She later appeared on many Soul Train Award shows but this was a classic at the start of her career.
Whitney arriving at The 1989 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Whitney won 2 AMAs - one for Favorite Rock/Pop Female and the other for Favorite Soul/R&B Female, virtually sweeping all the major female awards of the night and proving early on that she crossed all genres of music.
Whitney’s music crosses all generations & impacts all types of artists. Here's a great example. We came across this article about rising pop star Betty Who, who cites Whitney as one of her greatest influences saying "her voice, just the sound and the impact, was super influential to me as a woman". You can read the full article below & listen to Betty Who's new Slow Dancing EPhere.
In honor of this week's Rainforest Foundation benefit (started by Sting and his wife Trudy Styler), here is Whitney from the 1994 show at Carnegie Hall. She proved she could pretty much do anything by joining the late great opera singer Pavarotti for a chorus of "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto. April 9, 1994.
Whitney performing at The Brit Awards on February 16, 1999 at The London Arena. Whitney performed "It's Not Right But It's Okay". Other performers that night included The Eurythmics with Stevie Wonder and Robbie Williams.
Whitney and her friend and mentor Luther Vandross on 3/26/1999 at The Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles. Whitney, along with El Debarge, Kenny Lattimore and Johnny Gill performed "So Amazing" in tribute to Luther who received a special award that night.