Beyonce Knowles, the music queen herself, is the first on our list of celebrities who bleached their skin. However, hers is not so much bleaching as it is brightening. Many speculations have pointed to chemical peels or microdermabrasion as the technique used to achieve a slightly brighter skin tone. In fact, if you are not keen enough, her before and after pictures may appear the same. Her hair color transformation could be responsible for this confusion.
When the news of Nicki Minaj’s skin enlightening broke out, no one was taken by surprise. The rap star has gone from a dark-skinned teenager to a very fair woman over the years. What actually surprised the world is Nicki’s denial of skin whitening claims directed at her. Usually, she is not one to sit behind the curtains and hide over something she strongly believes in. Well, she has her own reasons for this but really, Nicki?
We vividly remember the Pon De Replay video like it was shot yesterday. Obviously, we recall the killer dance moves first but importantly, the skin color of the girl on the video. RiRi has definitely been through rather rigorous treatments to achieve her present skin color. Like Nicki Minaj, the sensational music star hasn’t confirmed this but the evidence is clear.
Legally known as Kimberly Denise Jones, Lil Kim’s skin lightening rumors populated the internet for the longest time. For many people, it is not clear whether her progressive change in her skin color is indeed a result of bleaching or use of heavy make-up. The old-time rapper’s present skin tone gives the impression that she is Asian, a complete shift from her initial dark skin. Hopefully, the music icon will soon put all the rumors to rest.
Keri Hilson, the Turning Me On, and Knock You Down star is also among the rumored celebs who bleached their skin. The rumor started when Miss Hilson made a public appearance featuring a fairer skin tone. As usual, many alluded to make up and lighting as the reasons for the difference but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Granted, the color change is not dramatic and bold but the likelihood of bleaching is definitely high.
We couldn’t possibly forget the king of lightening himself, Sammy Sosa. According to the phenomenal ex-baseball player with a Dominican Republic origin, people criticized him too much when he had a darker skin tone. The color change made headlines and unlike the aforementioned stars, Sammy took the bull by its horns and addressed them. He pointed to the fact that he had indeed been using a whitening cream for some time to change his skin color.
Does bleaching really make one beautiful? Is fair, lighter skin more appealing? We are certainly not skin experts, so we will not attempt to give an answer. Remember what they say though; “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. As long as you are comfortable in your own skin, be the judge of your own body.