Has India.Arie been bleaching her dark skin to a lighter color?!?! That didn’t sound right to me when tongues started wagging last week that the famously self-accepting singer behind the song “I Am Not My Hair” might have either used skin bleaching creams — which is notoriously terrible for skin — or purposefully been lightened through the magic of Photoshop a la Beyoncé or Freida Pinto.
The alleged evidence was the artwork for her new single “Cocoa Butter” off the album Songversation, in which Indie.Arie is leaning against a beige wall and her normally-Serena-Williams-colored skin is more of a Kim Kardashian hue.
But Indie.Arie responded on Twitter on Friday and told us all to chill: Keep reading »
Detectives found an array of skin-whitening creams and medications in Michael Jackson‘s home, according to recently unsealed search warrants. A cupboard in Michael’s bedroom contained 19 tubes of hydroquinone and 18 tubes of Benoquin. It is suspected that Michael used the skin-whitening creams to remove the pigment from the patches of his skin that weren’t affected by the skin condition vitiligo. Benoquin is the brand name of monobenzone, which the American Academy of Dermatology lists as a permanent treatment of vitiligo. Hydroquinone is a bleaching chemical typically prescribed to treat freckles, blotches and other pigmented spots in order to give the skin a more even tone, but it is also found in OTC products. The FDA has had hydroquinone on its cancer watch list for decades. [Fox 411, Web MD] Keep reading »
Sammy Sosa denied rumors that his lightened skin was the result of vitiligo during his Spanish interview on Univision’s “Primer Impacto” with Tony Dandrades Tuesday. When asked what was going on with his skin, the slugger responded: “I use a cream to keep my skin smooth and soft. I apply it before I go to bed. When I was playing for Chicago all those years, I was in the sun a lot for 1 o’clock games.” He wouldn’t say what type of face cream he uses or the name of it because he said he’s in negotiations to market the European product, but he did say he can’t stay in the sun too long when he uses it. I suspect he’s using the kind of skin-bleaching creams that are sold on the black market in many minority communities. Keep reading »