Over the years, many wondered why Michael Jackson‘s skin color changed drastically as he got older. The ultra-famous pop star had vitiligo over the majority of his body. While many wondered why he was bleaching his skin, autopsy reports done after his death confirmed that he did, in fact, had vitiligo. It is also believed that he suffered from Lupus and vitiligo both. It was Lupus only that aggravated his vitiligo and he turned whiter sooner than most.
The list of celebrities with vitiligo is incomplete without Winnie Harlow. The woman you see in the most of vitiligo treatment websites, informational catalogs, and YouTube video thumbnails was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model (2014). After gaining popularity on the show, Winnie walked runways across the world and continued a successful career as a supermodel.
Since Winnie does have vitiligo more prominently on her body, it has made the chronic skin disorder a conversation. She indeed proved that vitiligo is no barrier to success in the fashion business. Winnie has been featured in magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
Édouard Charles Philippe has been making waves in French politics. Currently, serving as Mayor of Le Havre, Édouard previously held the office of Prime Minister from 2010 to 2017. Recently white beard hair gradually appeared on his left cheek, contrasting with the rest of his hair, raising questions. Former Prime Minister revealed in the column of Paris Match that the bleaching of his beard was due to vitiligo.
An Irish actor, comedian and a columnist, Graham he is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. Known for his flamboyant presentation style, he is a five time recipient of the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance. Initially unaware of his vitiligo, he never lets his skin disorder affect his career. As he meets the most intimidating film stars every week, you see him smiling and laughing.
A director, comedian, producer, screenwriter and the Star of Reno 911!, Thomas Lennon has vitiligo on his face, hands, and hips. Pretty much active in the movie business, he has many popular movies to his credit, including The Dark Knight Rises, Momento and Night at the Museum.
An Emmy-award winning broadcaster and one of the most influencial celebrities with vitiligo, Lee is currently a weekday morning show anchor. Also an author and motivational speaker, Lee revealed that he had widespread vitiligo in 2005 and published a memoir titled Turning White. He became a willing advocate for vitiligo fighters, starting a support group. Lee continues to travel the world to share his story so that people are challenged to live their life to the full in the face of adversity.
An American actor and director, Hamm rose to fame with the AMC drama series Mad Men. As confirmed by him, the stress of shooting pilot episode of Mad Men landed Jon his first white patch. Soon, vitiligo affected his hands. However, this did not worry him much. He went on winning many Golden Globe and 10 Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Don Draper.
Chandra Babu Naidu
Ex-chief minister of Andhra Pradesh (India), Naidu brought glory to the state and excelled in the field of regional politics. Never worrying about his vitiligo, Naidu is a recipient of IT Indian of the Millennium (from India Today), Business Person of the Year (by The Economic Times) and South Asian of the Year (by Time Asia) awards.
A famous comedian, television producer, musician, film producer, and screenwriter, Steve has many popular television shows and movie to his credit. Not letting vitiligo come his way, he has been among the most favorite Oscar hosts ever.
The TV star and producer, who rose to fame for her leading role in Hotel Rwanda, came to know that she had vitiligo at the age of 19. Over the years, Leleti gained confidence and decided not to cover vitiligo, especially considering that she is acting on etv’s latest show – Imbewu
An Indian textile tycoon, Gautam Singhania has extensive vitiligo. But unlike many, he has accepted his uniqueness very gracefully. He is the chairman and managing director of the world’s largest producer of worsted suiting fabric – Raymond Group. Gautam, along with Ninu Galot took part in a vitiligo awareness campaign recently.
Rasheed Abdul Wallace
The famous NBA basketball player encountered with vitiligo and dealt with it in the most beautiful form. Rasheed played in the NBA for nearly a decade and popularized the phrase ‘ball don’t lie’. He is known for his community support in his hometown of Detroit.
Often referred to as the Grand Old Woman of Madhubani art, Godavari Dutta has universal vitiligo. Recently conferred with Padma Shree Award by the Government of India (the fourth highest civilian awards of the country), Godavari has taken Madhubani art (also known as Mithila art) to unattainable heights.
Best known as 1980’s supermodel, Severance has modeled for international brands like Chanel, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Revlon, and Maybelline. Known for her roles in hit TV shows like American Horror Story and Masters of Sex, Severance was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was 8. She also runs a website – help4vitiligo.org.
Former martial arts champion, many of us now know Joe now as a famous stand-up comedian. The host, actor, and, writer talks about his skin disorder without any fear or inhibition. Vitiligo may affect his hands and wrists, but it certainly doesn’t affect his courage.
Amy started losing pigmentation during her teenager. CoverGirl representatives found her on Instagram and noticed how confidently she has been embracing the chronic skin disorder. She became the first model with vitiligo to be featured in the CoverGirl commercial.
The Jamaican cricketer made his Test debut for the West Indies against England on 23 January 2019. John is the first cricketer with vitiligo to play at the international level. He has visible white patches on his lips, fingers, hands, and elbows.
At present, Santosh is the incharge of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the Government of India. The Member of Parliament and a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party has prominent vitiligo all across his face and hands. Santosh is a self-made politician who didn’t let vitiligo stop him from becoming a seasoned politician.
A rapper and singer, Krizz has vitiligo on the face. He made vitiligo his strength and named his debut album after the skin disorder. The album peaked at number 19 on the Top Independent Albums in May 2008.
An American mixed martial artist, Scott Jorgensen has vitiligo that affects most of his body. Just like any other adventure enthusiasts, Scott enjoys takedowns and dirty boxing. His white vitiligo skin makes his tattoos look colorful and bright.
A former footballer, Karl was 14 years old when he first noticed a vitiligo patch on his right thumb. After a brief stint as a police officer at the end of his NFL career, Dunbar started coaching and refused to let vitiligo get in the way. He has used his position as an NFL coach to educate people about vitiligo. Karl Dunbar was featured in our Vitiligo Crusaders series.
A beloved Roman Catholic priest and governor of the province of Pampanga in the Philippines, Panlilio was named ‘Filipino of the Year’ in 2007. For 15 years, Panlilio worked with communities displaced by Lahar following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
Arun is India’s leading expert on black economy, public finance, development economics, public policy, and macroeconomics. The one of the very few celebrities with vitiligo from India has written, studied and lectured these subjects for nearly four decades.
C K Khanna
The current Acting President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), C K Khanna has prominent, large vitiligo patches all over his face and hands. Before being associated with BCCI, Khanna has been the Vice President of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA)
An entrepreneur, fitness model and spokesperson for UK’s Vitiligo Society, Ninu noticed her first vitiligo patch when she was 11.
She took part in a fitness competition in London, which got her media’s attention and helped her raise awareness about vitiligo – the skin condition too few people know about
A radio host, writer, and journalist and the star of Top Gear has vitiligo on his hands and face. Richard is also most widely recognized for his work on “Brainiac: Science Abuse.”
Asifa Bhutto Zardari
Asifa Bhutto is the youngest daughter of late Benazir Bhutto, the former and only lady Prime Minister of Pakistan.
We have curated the list of celebrities with vitiligo on the basis of many online and offline source*
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