Auction Fiends Find a League of their Own

March 9, 2011
The guest of honor, though, could not make it into the auction room. Mary J. Blige had a broken toe, and there were stairs involved. Her brace was black and strappy, unglamorous and made more so by the comparative flash of the 7-inch Louboutin that propped up her able foot.

“My dream has come true,” Ms. Blige told The Observer. “I’m getting a chance to help women, which is what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child. I’m proud of it.”

She hobbled over to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who complimented the singer, “You’re gorgeous.”

The Observer asked the congresswoman if she’s a fan of Ms. Blige’s work, and Ms. Maloney let out a squeal. “Yeaaaahhh! She’s won so many Grammys and is an inspiration in her personal story. Hopefully she’ll sing tonight.”

The Observer accused the congresswoman of rumor mongering.

“Oh, I don’t know. I’m sure they’ll play some of her music.”

Later, they did. (Ms. Blige had to leave early to catch a private jet to Paris.)


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