People with white skin who have vitiglio have less noticeable patches but it can be very stressful and emotionally difficult for those who have dark skin.
An African American newscaster named Lee Thomas has been trying to educate people about what he and the 65 million other people in the world with vitiligo go through in his memoir “Turning White: A Memoir of Change." Larry King interviewed Lee Thomas who openly revealed how he feared his professional life of news casting was over when he developed vitiligo.
He told King that he absolutely related to Michael Jackson’s angst and decision to wear a white glove on his hand. Lee Thomas also first developed lack of pigmented areas on his left hand. He began wearing a black glove regardless of weather and especially when on the air, so that no one would notice the white splotches.
Bravely, Lee Thomas showed the television audience what he looks like before putting on his facial make up and then showed how he expertly applies and blends the colored make up so that he appears like any other black man in front of the TV camera. He writes on his website, “Even people who have known me for years avoid eye contact when they see my face without makeup for the first time,”
Lee Thomas’s website is: www.turningwhite.com
To view the youtube clip go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtHW7ptF76c
We will never know if Michael Jackson “bleached” his skin to even out his vitiglio or not. I do know that we all are extremely sensitive to changes in our face, more so than anywhere else on our body. The world can be a cruel place, especially if you are a public figure like Michael Jackson was, and people no longer see the person you are inside or are willing to look beyond the shell of your skin.
Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele can be read at http://www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles