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If you have psoriasis, you may feel like the only person around trying to hide the bumps and scaly patches caused by this chronic skin condition. But you are not alone! Psoriasis can affect anyone, even celebrities.
Check out this list of famous people who live with psoriasis:
1) Stacy London
“What Not to Wear” host Stacy London says she once felt like a “monster” trapped in long sleeves, turtlenecks and a crew cut due to psoriasis.
Getting her psoriasis under control and regaining control of her personal fashion helped boost her self-esteem. She now acts as a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
2) Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian revealed that she has psoriasis in a 2011 episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” At one point, she used a spray tanning product to hide the psoriasis lesions on her legs.
3) LeAnn Rimes
Two-time Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes was teased as a child after being diagnosed with psoriasis at age two.
As an adult, she was afraid to show her skin by wearing short dresses on the red carpet. She now controls her psoriasis with a combination of lifestyle choices, healthy eating and medications.
4) CariDee English
America’s Next Top Model of 2006 CariDee English was diagnosed with psoriasis at age five. She used long sleeves to hide her scaly skin as a child, and added thick makeup during her modeling career.
More recently, she published photos of her scaly skin to promote awareness of the condition.
5) Dara Torres
Despite her psoriasis, Dara Torres has won medals as a swimmer in five different Olympic games.
She makes it her mission to explain that psoriasis is a serious disease, but it is not contagious so it should not keep anyone out of the swimming pool.
6) John Updike
Fans of John Updike’s fiction can thank his psoriasis for starting his career as a writer.
When his skin condition led him to eliminate what he considered to be more visible careers, he decided to try to become a writer. Psoriasis appears to run in Updike’s family.