Is there any celebrity with natural vitiligo other than Michael Jackson?
Answered by: Marina Gkane,studied at National Kapodistrian University of Athens
Yes , Lee Thomas. He is a FOX tv reporter and an Emmy Award winner . Also , he is an official spokesperson for Vitiligo. He didn’t believe Michael Jackson’s skin turned white because he did indeed have vitiligo , UNTIL he became distressed by it himself. He resorts to dark make up as he has lost more than 35% of the pigment of his skin and he doesn’t want his blotchy appearance to distract his viewers from the news. He was diagnosed with vitiligo in 1994 and at first he didn’t openly speak about his condition. He concealed it with heavy dark make up and gloves. His hands are completely white. He spent long hours putting on tons of make up both on his hands and face UNTIL 2005. Then he took off the ‘’camouflage’’ he wore for almost a decade because he was embarrassed for his skin disease. The reaction he got from his audience was very warm and by that point he decided to help people who have Vitiligo. He still keeps on putting make up on however as a news presenter because he wants his audience to focus on the news rather than his ‘’unusual’’ appearance. Lee was hiding vitiligo for 10 years straight UNTIL he found the strength to show his real face to the world. Vitiligo affects 2–3% of the population worldwide. 65 million people are diagnosed with this incurable skin disorder. Vitiligo is not fatal but it strips a person of their skin pigment and robs them of their self confidence. It evokes ridicule and unpleasant stares , thus, it pushes people into unforced seclusion. It is described as an emotionally painful disease. Especially for African Americans vitiligo attacks both the skin and the soul . Vitiligo is an auto immune disease and has a strong connection with Lupus and all kinds of other complications ( skin cancer, hair loss etc. ) . Some vitiligo patients also suffer from depression, lack of self confidence and derision. There are many ways to treat vitiligo but there isn’t a cure. Antidepressants and steroids are usually prescribed to Vitiligo patients.
Holly Marie Combs has been diagnosed with vitiligo on both her hands. She lives peacefully with the ailment. People with white skin have it a lot easier than dark skinned people but they are equally sensitive to the sun. Usually the disease starts with the hands.
NFL player J.D. Runnels suffers from vitiligo.
Winnie Harlow is a gorgeous Canadian model diagnosed with vitiligo. Vitiligo may have robbed her of her skin pigment but not of her self confidence. Cynicals may say that she looks like a spotted cow but her beauty, both inside out , is undeniable.
Steve Martin, Sisqo, Tamar Braxton also have vitiligo.