Early this week, on a date with rumored boyfriend Meek Mills, Nicki Minaj was photographed by adoring fans and of course the hungry paparazzi but rather than admire her nice dress and gorgeous hips, something else caught the public’s attention; the change in her skin colour.
With a lot of brouhaha about bleaching or to be politically correct ‘toning’ one’s skin in this part of the world, it is a wonder that no one seems to mind that their favourite American celebrity has gone through the nature defying process of adding a little brightness to their tone. Maybe it’s because unlike Nigerian celebrities, these changes do not happen overnight. It is done so meticulously that if you do not have access to what these celebrities looked like in the past, you may not even notice the change but when you do, you will admit it is in most cases extreme.
Acceptable or not, a lot of celebrities will never admit to using products to lighten their skin and will rather put the blame on a disease. How convenient right?
Some like Michael Jackson have used the Vitiligo disease claiming it is the sole reason he went from being a black man to a full blown Caucasian? Well, reports say that huge amounts of skin lightning products were found in the King of Pop’s home after his death. So, was it really Vitiligo – the disease that causes you to have lighter patches all over your body or was he, like many of us, endeared to a lighter shade of skin?
Still unsure? Take a look at these before and after shots of Hollywood superstars such as Beyonce, Lil Kim, Tamar Braxton and Diana Ross.