12 Celebrities Who Have Vitiligo
Body image has always been a constant topic within the tabloids, especially when it comes to celebrities. Gladly, we have come to a time where having out-of-the-norm physical features is no longer seen as a negative and impairing fact, but is actually celebrated. Many famous personalities have come forward about what sets them apart, and these twelve celebrities are proud of their vitiligo. Check out the famous people you didn’t know to have a different type of skin!
Born on August 14, 1945, in Waco, Texas, Steve Martin became a well-known name as a comedian, actor, and writer. His appearances in movies such as “The Jerk”, “All of Me”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, and “Father of the Bride”, made him one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.
Having a steady career in the industry, Martin has worked on TV, cinema, wrote books, and even took his chance in the music scene. He was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2005, received the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2007, and an honorary Academy Award in 2013.
Thomas Lennon is a successful actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and comedian, born in Ilinois in the 1970s. He is best known for his role as a cast member on the show "The State" from MTV, as well as his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series "Reno 911!".
Apart from his appearance on TV and films, Thomas Lennon is also known for his passion for writing. He has co-authored the book “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Million Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!” (2011) with his writing partner Robert Ben Garant.
Being best known for his role as a co-host of "Top Gear" alongside Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond is a well-known British broadcast journalist, writer, and entertainer. He has accomplished the great success of winning an International Emmy Award in 2005.
Even though Hammond’s career didn’t have an easy start, the TV show host’s professional life took a sky high rise when he joined "Top Gear" in 2002. The hit show has reached millions of views for each episode, and Hammond’s character and personality are probably one of the reasons why.
Sisqó’s hit summer song, “Thong Song”, broke the charts in 2000, and lifted the singer to a superstar level overnight. But even before that, he was already quite successful as he was part of the 90s R&B group Dru Hill. However, it wasn’t until he decided to go solo that his name made the headlines and topped the charts.
When he finally released his debut solo album, "Unleash the Dragon", in the year 2000, Sisqó’s career began soaring. The scandalous music video on MTV took the album to the top of the charts, and his success didn’t stop there. Sisqó’s “Incomplete” was also a huge hit, showing everyone that he wasn’t going to be a one-hit-wonder.
Tamar Braxton, a well-known singer, had her debut in the music industry as a member of the sibling group, The Braxtons. The band released one single, “Good Life”, which reached number 79 Billboard for R&B in 1990. Since then, Braxton took her career solo, and she has been releasing music since then, having some famous hit songs.
Her popular song “Love and War”, was awarded three Grammy nominations. Apart from her success in the music world, Braxton also grew her reality television appearances. She released a summer single, “My Man”, back in 2017, and shortly after she launched her album “I Know Who I Am as a Woman” giving us a better understanding of who she is.
Michaela DePrince, a rising ballerina, was born in Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war. In the culture of her native country, Michaela’s vitiligo is considered a curse, which gave her some difficult times as a child. Not only that but the ballerina also had a troubled childhood as a result of the impact the war had on her family.
The soon to be actress and ballerina, found her passion for this dance style when she found a magazine blowing in the wind whose cover starred a ballerina on pointe. Michaela was then determined to become a dancer herself, and her natural talent was supported by her American adoptive family.
John Hamm’s career break came when he took part in the AMC drama “Mad Men”. Working as an actor and director, he has confessed that the stress of shooting the pilot episode of this show is what made his vitiligo appear. The condition began in his hands and Hamm was quite unsure on how to react.
The actor didn’t seem to be fazed by this matter, and his worries about his career were proven to be unnecessary, and luckily “Mad Men” was a success. Hamm went on to win several Golden Globes and had 10 Emmy nominations for his role as Don Draper, which is one of the most recognizable characters he has played.
No introduction is needed when it comes to the King of Pop. The amazing singer and dancer left his mark in the music industry with his groundbreaking hit songs, which allowed him to become the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. Even after his death, Jackson’s hit songs are still played daily on radios around the globe.
Starting his career in 1964 as a member of Jackson 5, Michael faced several public lashes as his skin changed color with age. Believe it or not, Michael Jackson is the most searched person when people want to learn about this condition, and many even speculate that vitiligo was the reason why he wore his famous white glove.
HOLLY MARIE COMBS
Best known for her role as Ella Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars, Holly Marie Combs is one of the famous personalities who also have vitiligo in both her hands. The actress didn’t seem to be affected by her condition and has even come forward as an advocate for the Vitiligo Acceptance Campaign, aiming to shed some light on this condition.
The actress, who took part in the series Charmed as Piper Halliwell, and who was also a producer of the same series, has led a very successful career so far. Combs also is also known for her love for animals and has a kennel for her dogs in her California home, being very open about animal causes.
RASHEED ABDUL WALLACE
Born in 1974, Rasheed Wallace became well-known for his incredible skills on the basketball court and his career shows that. He is a two-time All-Star, having also won an NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. The player has averaged 15.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during his career.
Wallace’s family has always been very important to him. He has four children, Ishmiel, Nazir, Rashiyah, and Malik, the latter being his wife Famita’s son, who has been adopted by Wallace. Being a family man who wants to be present, he gave his wife the final say on whether or not he should sign for Detroit.
Known by his professional name Karl Dunbar, American Football coach and a former defensive lineman, was born in 1967 as Karmichael MacKenzie Dunbar II. Currently working for the Pittsburgh Steelers as the defensive line coach, he had previously coached for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in the NFL.
The highlights of his professional athlete career include the three seasons he played in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints in 1993 and Arizona Cardinals in 1994 and 1995. Karl Dunbar also played for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 1995. Since then, the pro-athlete has been sharing his knowledge as a defensive coach.
Being the first model with vitiligo to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Winnie Harlow has become a reference in what comes to bringing awareness to this skin condition. Born in Toronto, Harlow made her debut on America’s Next Top Model in 2014, and since then she hasn’t stopped evolving in her career.
She has walked hundreds of catwalks, appeared in Beyonce’s album Lemonade, and amounted a follower count of several million on Instagram. But her dream came through when she finally made it to Victoria Secret, “It’s the pinnacle of my career,” she told Vogue in a September interview, “I told anyone [who] asked, ‘I want Victoria’s Secret!’”
Even though several people still feel self-conscious about skin types, conditions, or marks, these celebrities have embraced their uniqueness and seem to be thriving. This comes as a breath of fresh air in industries that for several years seemed to have strict cookie-cutter guidelines on how one must look like in order to be successful. Up to today, many other celebrities have come forward about their vitiligo, and surely many others will follow their lead. Keep posted to find out the next updates about this!
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