After spending 30 years on television as a successful actor and singer, Countess Vaughn recently opened up to a fan about living with vitiligo. She posted an adorable video on Instagram, featuring her and her daughter. This video was different than other Insta videos as this did not have Vaughn wearing makeup. In the video posted on July 11, fans could see Vaughn’s face with blotches of lighter skin. The Oklahoma native captioned the video, “Loving me regardless of my skin Situation.”
Many assumed the condition to be vitiligo, however, the actress did not confirm the diagnosis in this video. In another post (which is now deleted), Vaughn told a fan that she is living with the chronic skin disorder.
Throughout the years, Vaughn has been open about her struggles with her weight. However, this was the first time when she shared a new challenge in her life – vitiligo. The actress has been in the public eye since she was 9. Vaughn first sang on Star Search in 1988 and later went on to act in iconic productions like Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, 227, Moesha, and The Parkers.
As per an estimate, more than 200,000 people around the world get diagnosed with vitiligo each year. Even though vitiligo is not life-threatening, it can make those who have it feel self-conscious about their appearance. This is one of the reasons why many celebrities with vitiligo (such as Amitabh Bachchan) often don’t open up to the public about the chronic skin disorder.
This year, Leleti Khumalo (a well known South African actress and TV producer) and Isaac Go (famous Filipino basketball player) opened up to the public about their vitiligo for the first time. While Khumalo appeared without camouflage makeup on the etv’s telenovela – Imbewu, Isaac Go took to Instagram to reveal his skin condition on the occasion of the World Vitiligo Day 2018.