11 Famous People with Vitiligo Who Embody Self-Confidence

Vitiligo (also known as Leukoderma) may not be painful or life-threatening, but the social stigma attached to it makes life a struggle for those who are affected. This condition causes light-color patches on face and other parts of the body. This  may have a devastating impact on the self-confidence of the affected person. But, there are many people who do not let the social stigma bog down their self-esteem. In this article, we are sharing the names of a few people who accepted and embraced Vitiligo and did not shy away from public life. That, of course, made them famous! So, these are some of the famous people with Vitiligo.

1. Winnie Harlow

Being a fashion model who never tries to hide her skin condition under makeup, Winnie Harlow deserves to be the first name on the list. Winnie Harlow is considered a face of Persons with Vitiligo. Winnie Harlow says that Vitiligo is just another difference like long hair, blonde hair, white skin, short height, etc. She is a top model who has walked ramps all across the world.

photograph of winnie harlow

2. Michael Jackson

One of the most famous people with Vitiligo was the King of Pop – Michael Jackson. He stated this fact in an interview in 1993 with Oprah Winfrey on her show. According to that interview, the white patches started appearing on MJ’s skin when he was around 24 years old. In the beginning, he used make-up to hide the spots. Later, he used treatment to de-pigment his entire body so that his skin does not look patchy.

Photograph of michael jackson dancing and inset photo of MJ with vitiligo condition

3. Krizz Kaliko

Krizz Kaliko is a famous American rapper, singer and song writer. He is affected with Vitiligo and he doesn’t hide the fact. In fact, his debut album was named Vitiligo which gave him recognition.

4. Edouard Philippe

French politician Edouard Philippe who served as Prime Minister of France from 2017 to 2020 is affected with Vitiligo. A part of his beard on his left cheek turned white and people started raising questions. He then wrote a piece for the newspaper stating that the reason for his bleached beard is Vitiligo.

photograph of edouard philippe

5. Chandrababu Naidu

An Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in India from 2014 to 2019 is among the prominent figures with Vitiligo. He is a very active person in the public sphere and is not bothered about his Vitiligo-affected face.

photograph of chandrababu naidu

6. Palanisamy Sathasivam

P. Sathasivam is an Indian judge. He held the post of Chief Justice of India from 19 July 2013 to 26 April 2014.

photograph of palanisamy sathasivam with vitiligo patches visible

7. Asifa Bhutto Zardari

She is the brand ambassador of the anti-polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan and has Vitiligo patches on her face. Being the daughter of Late Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Asifa was always in public eyes. But, this does not seem to affect her self-esteem in any way.

photograph of asifa bhutto zardari

8. Dean Edwards

Chef Dean Edwards is a celebrity chef who has been regularly on television since 2009. He never used make-up to hide his Vitiligo patches. In fact, he uses public platforms to talk and raise awareness about the disorder. He even uses a blog to spread the awareness about Vitiligo.

Photograph of Dean Edwards showing his hands with vitiligo patches

9. Laura Gregory

The British model got initial patches when she was 12-years old. That’s the age when the girls generally become beauty conscious and Laura Gregory was being bullied and body-shamed for Vitiligo. She chose to enter beauty pageants and the fashion industry to show that she is beautiful even with her skin condition rather than being sad or getting depressed.

10. Gautam Singhania

Managing Director of Raymond Group, Gautam Singhania, is a famous Indian Industrialist. He has extensive Vitiligo which is clearly visible. But, Singhania has not let the condition dampen his self-confidence.

11. Godawari Dutta

Padhm Shri awardee Godawari Dutta is a well-known Madhubani artist. She is the founder of Mithila Kala Vikas Samiti, an NGO for promoting Mithila arts and for making women self-dependent. It is important to note that Godawari Dutta was born in the mid-1920s in a small village in Bihar, India. She had to fight many social stigmas due to her Vitiligo skin-condition but she did not let it dampen her confidence.

List of Famous People with Vitiligo

Name Nationality Condition Profession Claim to Fame
Winnie Harlow Jamaican-Canadian Vitiligo Model One of the top models. Doesn’t try to hide her skin condition
Michael Jackson American Vitiligo Singer, Dancer King of pop music. A singing sensation and a dance legend.
Krizz Kaliko American Vitiligo Singer A famous rapper
Edouard Philippe French Vitiligo Politician Former Prime Minister of France
Chandrababu Naidu Indian Vitiligo Politician Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India
Palanisamy Sathasivam Indian Vitiligo Judge Former Chief Justice of India
Asifa Bhutto Zardari Pakistani Vitiligo Activist Brand ambassador of the anti-polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan
Dean Edwards British Vitiligo Chef TV Personality
Laura Gregory British Vitiligo Model
Gautam Singhania Indian Vitiligo Businessman Managing Director of Raymond Group
Godawari Dutta Indian Vitiligo Madhubani Artist Awarded Padma Shri
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2 thoughts on “11 Famous People with Vitiligo Who Embody Self-Confidence”

  1. Patricia Jo York

    We really should stop disrespecting people for our differences! Our differences should be bringing us together. Every man woman and child is beautiful in their own way.

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