Let’s be clear from the beginning – there is a major difference between skin bleaching and skin whitening or lightening. Skin bleaching is a far more severe form of lightening ones skin often using harmful agents like hydroquinone. In almost all the cases the skin bleaching celebrities listed have made use of some sort skin bleaching product, rather than a natural skin lightening product or Kojic Acid soap.
Skin whitening as an activity is not a harmful process if done safely and securely, and in most cases use a Kojic Acid or Glutathione product will achieve the desired results without harming your skin. Remember that for skin whitening to be safe, the results will need to be gradual. If you’re expecting a major change in your skin tone in just a few weeks, then the only way to do that the would be to go down the rather risky skin bleaching avenue, which we do not recommend.
Our Top 5 Skin Bleaching Celebrities
1. Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa was just a regular browned skinned Dominican guy when he first stepped onto the baseball field as a rookie for the Texas Rangers in 1989. He was known for his style and panache on and off the field.
Fast forward 20 years and the retired baseball player shocked the world when in 2009 when a picture emerged of him where he appeared to be ghost-white. His fans immediately accused the star of skin bleaching, which the Dominican native vehemently denied.
The ex Chicago Cubs slugger claimed that it was in fact a skin lightening cream he used at bed time combined with a strong camera flash that caused his face to appear such a ghostly white in the picture. He was not a participant in celebrity skin bleaching like so many thought.
Based on an interview with the New York Daily News, he was reported at saying the following:
“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 one o’clock games.”
2. Nicky Minaj
In recent years several blogs and websites have begun to comment on the color of Nicki Minaj’s skin getting progressively lighter. We all know that Nicky is renowned for piling on the makeup which can lighten her skin tone by a large degree.
However many pictures have surfaced suggesting that she could have in fact bleached her skin. She is yet another celeb to have fallen victim to the skin bleaching celebrities craze. Even top Kenyan model and socialite accused Minaj of bleaching her skin.
She said the following in an interview with The Trend:
“Looking good is my business. My body is my business, nobody else’s but mine. Nicki Minaj and Rihanna did it. You just have to do it the right way.”
Now there is absolutely no proof that Nicky Minaj has in fact lightened her skin, but it certainly does seem like a lot of other celebs believe that she has bleached her skin. If this is the case, all people really want to know is what product she used to lighten her skin.
3. Lil Kim
There is no denying Lil Kim has always had a penchant for the lighter look. Over the years she has frequently been photographed wearing blonde wigs, or having blonde highlights in her hair. However in 2016 it all came to a fore when the above photo emerged of her look phenomenally light-skinned.
Since this controversial picture emerged of Kim looking several shades lighter, rumours have been abound about how she managed to get her skin this light with many pointing to glutathione injections. Lil Kim has hit back denying all allegations of skin lightening, and so for now it remains a mystery how she lightened her skin, if in fact she did at all.
Kim had the following to say on the topic of skin bleaching celebrities.
“When I first got into this industry I received a lot of hate. I still receive a lot of hate … I’m a sensitive person. I’m a cancer,” she asserted while being honored at the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network Awards last month.
“But every time I talk to God, he says, ‘Let them keep hating.’ So, I just say, ‘Yeah, OK. I got God on my side. What y’all gonna do with me now?’”
Following this tirade a video emerged of Lil Kim saying “I’m a Spanish girl trapped in a black girl’s body. But I’m all mixed up, girl.”
In a 2000 interview with Newsweek, Lil Kim said, “Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-haired type. Really beautiful women [who] left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough”
Over the last decade this Bajan beauty has been making waves in showbiz circles over her ostensible skin whitening practices. She is yet another case of skin bleaching celebrities.
The truth is nobody really knows whether Rihanna bleached her skin to get a lighter complexion or whether the photos were retouched by photographers to match certain lighting conditions. And, if she did, it should definitely remain her own business.
Some people believe that this sets a bad example for young girls with darker complexions as they end up aspiring to be like these skin bleaching celebrities. There is truth in this statement, but at the end of the day it’s entirely up to Riri whether she wants to lighten her skin.
Riri we think you look beautiful either way. Keep up the good work on ignoring the skin bleaching celebrity rumors.
In the last few year Beyoncé Knowles has found herself caught up in the skin whitening debate. Since 2008 she has been hounded by accusations of bleaching her skin.
But like with many other skin bleaching celebrities the evidence is shady, and could easily be attributed to a photographers lighting variations or digital retouching.
Many forget that Beyoncé has a naturally light skin tone. She is of African, European and Native American ancestry. It therefore does not take much for her to appear pale under studio lighting. What we must also remember is that carefully applied makeup, lipstick and hair color can change the visual perception of someones skin color.
Either way Queen Bey will always be our number one diva.