Is That The Lighting Or Are You Lightning? Celebs Who Have Been Accused of Bleaching Their Skin

December 7, 2012  |  
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Celebrities have all the money and power in the world to change anything about themselves that they please. From hair styles to hair color and their bodies, it’s not uncommon for Hollywood stars to change themselves in some fashion. Another fad within the celebrity circle is skin bleaching and believe it or not, there are black celebs who seem to have hopped on the bandwagon. Here are 14 black celebrities who have admitted to or have been accused of lightening their skin.

Tempestt Bledsoe

Tempestt Bledsoe has been one of the latest celebrities to be accused of skin bleaching. However, it’s been confirmed that she’s in fact suffering from vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of brown pigment in the skin.


Worldwide known model Iman is definitely beautiful and looks great for her age, but looking at pictures of her when she was younger compared to recent pictures, it looks like her skin has possibly become lighter, but it could just be the lighting.

Lil Kim

Over the years Lil Kim has gone through all sorts of physical changes, including plenty of plastic surgery. Included in these changes seems to be skin bleaching since she’s gotten a lot lighter.


After pictures taken on the red carpet not too long ago, many Hollywood fans began to suspect that Beyonce has started to bleach her skin. There’s been no word from Bey or her publicist on the matter but it seems the lighter her skin and blonde locks get, the more the rumors spread.

Vybz Kartel

R&B artist Vybz Kartel is one of very few celebs who admit to skin bleaching. The Jamaican star says that he doesn’t see skin lightening as being any different than tanning or hair straightening and even has his own line of skin lightening soap.

Tamar Braxton

Toni Braxton’s sister Tamar Braxton is no stranger to rumors. In fact, she’s been accused of bleaching her skin and turning into a blonde-haired fair-skinned woman. For the longest, Tamar has simply said that she doesn’t bleach her skin, but she would if she wanted to. But just yesterday she and Vince said that the baby Braxton has vitiligo.

Michael Jackson

MJ was probably one of the first and most widely spoken about celebrities who was accused of skin bleaching. It’s since been confirmed that he in fact suffered from vitiligo.

LaToya Jackson

LaToya Jackson, unlike her brother, hasn’t been said to suffer from vitiligo, but her skin is certainly as light as Michael’s. Interestingly, though, it looks like she may have been this light all along.

Diana Ross

Compared to pictures when she first hit the stage, it’s evident that Diana Ross’ skin has become a lot less brown. Nowadays she looks about the same skin-tone as her bi-racial daughter, Tracy. Some blame the skin change on age, others on lighting in certain pictures.



African singer Mshoza belongs on the list of celebs who openly admits to bleaching her skin. She claims she just simply wanted to have a lighter skin tone, and that her actions are no worse than black females wearing weave.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry was put into the negative spotlight after appearing on a Harper’s Bazaar cover and looking a lot lighter than usual. Many chuck this one up to over-Photoshopping, but others insist Halle has used skin bleaching products.

Sammy Sosa

In 2009 Sammy Sosa took the spotlight due to his shockingly lighter skin. According to Sammy, at the time he was going through a rejuvenation process for his skin. However, three years later, his skin is just as light. What gives?


The before and after picture says it all. Rihanna has been caught in plenty of controversies and rumors, including the idea that she has possibly lightened her skin. RiRi hasn’t confirmed or denied it.

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson is another star on the list who has been hit with accusations of using skin lightening creams. She too has not spoken out about these rumors.

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