They may be beautiful, rich and famous; they may look perfect on television, but they are human too. That means they are just as prone to vitiligo as the rest of us. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some TV personalities are living with vitiligo, which can potentially take a toll on their daily lives.
Though being diagnosed with the skin condition is always unfortunate, a celebrity’s battle with vitiligo can offer a silver lining to others. ‘Unite For Vitiligo’ applauds these TV Personalities with vitiligo who made it clear that vitiligo doesn’t have to get in the way of your hopes and dreams.
1. Dean Edwards
When you are a chef on a TV channel, you are constantly putting yourself in the spotlight. But, that did not ever stop Dean Edwards from flaunting his vitiliginous skin on small screen. The celebrity chef never used skin make-up to hide his white patches. In fact, he has been raising awareness about the chronic skin disorder by talking about it openly on public platforms. Dean rose to prominence as a contestant on the Masterchef.
2. Graham Norton
We all know that Graham Norton is the host of comedy chat show – The Graham Norton Show. Also an actor, and columnist, Graham is known for his flamboyant presentation style. He is a five-time recipient of the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance.
3. Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas is an Emmy-award winning broadcaster, who is currently a weekday morning show anchor. Also an author and motivational speaker, Lee first revealed his widespread vitiligo in 2005 and published a memoir – Turning White. He became an advocate for vitiligo awareness, starting a support group.
4. Leleti Khumalo
Recently, Leleti Khumalo appeared on etv’s popular show – Imbewu with her vitiliginous skin. The south African actress who gained praises for her role in Hotel Rwanda fought with the chronic skin disorder bravely. She was diagnosed with it at the age of 19. To know more about her journey with vitiligo, read Leleti Khumalo to help people embrace their vitiligo.
5. Holly Marie Combs
The actress, who rose to fame with her role in “Pretty Little Liars,” is living with vitiligo peacefully, without feeling inferior to anybody. Holly Marie Combs has white lesions on both of her hands.
6. Countess Vaughn
After spending 30 years on television, Countess Vaughn recently opened up to a fan about living with vitiligo. The TV actress has been in the public eye since she was 9. She first sang on Star Search in 1988 and later went on to act in hit sitcoms like Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, 227, Moesha, and The Parkers.
7. Yvette Fielding
An English broadcaster, Yvette Fielding is best known for presenting successful TV shows like Blue Peter, Most Haunted, and Most Haunted Live. The actress and producer launched the world’s first Paranormal Channel in 2008.
8. Kara Tointon
Kara is best known for playing Dawn Swann in BBC’s EastEnders. The TV actress recorded a documentary for BBC Three called Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid in 2010. The same year, she won the Strictly Come Dancing show for her excellent dancing moves.
9. Tamar Braxton
The reality television star has been the face of many popular shows, including Braxton Family Values, Tamar & Vince, Tiny Tonight (VH1 talk show) and CultureList. Braxton’s first single “Love & War” reached the number one spot on iTunes in 2012.
10. Joan Severance
Known for her roles in TV hits like American Horror Story and Masters of Sex, Severance was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was 8. Before becoming a known TV actress, she has worked as a supermodel during 1980s. Severance has modeled for international brands like Chanel, Versace, and Giorgio Armani, Revlon, and Maybelline.
11. Brighton Ngoma
‘Scandal!’ star Brighton Ngoma opened up to his fans about living with the chronic skin disorder on the occasion of World Vitiligo Day 2019. Brighton has white patches on his arms and hands.
12. Saina Bedi
The daughter of India’s first lady police officer, Kiran Bedi, Saina is a TV producer and Director of India Vision Foundation. She is best known for producing a critically acclaimed serial on Doordarshan – Galati Kiski. Saina has enlarged white patches all over her face and hands.
The Famous Vitiligans (TV Personalities with Vitiligo edition) list was compiled from many online and offline resources. If you detect any discrepancy, please write to us at reachus@uniteforvitiligo. We will amend the entry.