Webbed Toes And Clubbed Thumbs: Celebrities With Physical Deformities
These days, celebrities are held to a standard of near perfection. But in spite of their beauty, talent, glamour and charisma, celebrities are still just as imperfect as the rest of us. Whether it be webbed toes, clubbed thumbs, or third (and fourth!) nipples, you may be surprised at just how many of your favorite celebs have physical deformities. Now of course you shouldn’t make fun of them because of these things, just let them serve as a reminder that these men and women are just like the rest of us — except maybe a little wealthier. Okay, a lot wealthier.
Damon Wayans, Clubbed Foot
Funnyman Damon Wayans was born with a clubbed foot, a fairly common birth defect affecting nearly one in 1,000 people. As a child he underwent surgery to have the foot corrected, but before then he used to be teased by other kids because of the deformity. It was at this point that Wayans began to understand the power of humor combat pain.
Jennifer Garner, Deformed Toe
Jennifer Garner’s mangled looking toes are actually the result of brachymetatarsia, a condition in which one or more toe bones are much shorter than the others.
Twenty-seven year old Ke$ha was born with a vestigial tail. She revealed the deformity to British magazine Heat, explaining, “I had a tail when I was born. It was a tiny tail, about a quarter of an inch. Then they chopped it off and stole my tail.”
Taye Diggs, Twelve Fingers
Taye Diggs was born with an extra finger on each hand but had the additional digits removed as a child, long before he became famous.
Dan Aykroyd, Webbed Toes
Original SNL castmember Dan Aykroyd has a condition known as syndactyly; more commonly known as webbed toes.
Gary Burghoff, Deformed Hand
M*A*S*H star Gary Burghoff suffers from a congenital deformity that affected the development of his left hand.
Kate Bosworth, Different Eye Colors
Kate Bosworth belongs to a small group of people with heterochromia iridium – two different eye colors. Other celebrities with the unique condition include Mila Kunis, Kiefer Sutherland and Elizabeth Berkley.
Andy Garcia, Conjoined Twin
Academy award nominated actor Andy Garcia was born with a conjoined twin attached to his shoulder. It wasn’t until he was a toddler that doctors surgically removed the unformed fetus.
Drew Carey, Eleven Toes
Drew Carey revealed in his autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, that he was born with an extra toe on one of his feet.
Elizabeth Taylor, Extra Eyelashes
Elizabeth Taylor was born with a condition known as distichiasis, which causes eyelashes to grow within the eyelids and can result in eye irritation, inflammation, scarring and even ulcers.
Denzel Washington, Twisted Finger
As a child, Denzel broke his pinky finger playing basketball and never had it set properly. To this day, the finger is still twisted.
Ying Yang Twins, Missing Fingers & Limp
D-Roc and Kaine of the Ying Yang Twins were both born with physical defects – a trait that both members say connected them as children and artists. D-Roc has nubs instead of fingers on his left hand, and Kaine suffers from a mild form of cerebral palsy that causes him to limp.
Ashton Kutcher, Webbed Toes
While promoting a film on British talk show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Ashton Kutcher revealed that he has webbed toes. His explanation for the deformity? “When everything else is this good looking something’s gotta be messed up!”
Sanaa Lathan, Clubbed Thumbs
Sanaa Lathan has a common deformity known as clubbed thumb, or Brachydactyly. It’s a genetic condition characterized by short, bulbous thumbs and wide nail beds.
DJ Paul, Baby Arm
DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia has never spilled the tea on the actual reason why he wears an arm brace, but people have speculated that he suffered from a birth defect that prevented his right arm from forming properly. You can see him play fighting with it in this UFC backstage footage:
Lily Allen, Third Nipple
Lily Allen is one of the more vocal celebs when it comes to talking about her physical deformity. The outspoken pop star has flashed her third nipple on TV, bragged about it in radio interviews and even let a Dutch TV host touch it – on air.
Other celebs with third nipples – who don’t flaunt them as openly – include Mark Wahlberg and Carrie Underwood.
Vince Vaughn, Deformed Thumb
Actor Vince Vaughn lost the tip of his right thumb in a car accident when he was 17. He now jokes that the thumb looks like a “pen*s with a fingernail.”
Forest Whitaker, Lazy Eye
When asked about his famous lazy left eye, Forest admits that he inherited the condition from his father. He has considered having it fixed but only because it affects his vision.
Gerard Butler, Deformed Ear
Gerard Butler fans may be shocked to learn that the s*xy Scottish actor has a deformed ear. When Gerard was a child he suffered from a defect that left him with uneven ears and deaf in his right ear.
There have always been rumors surrounding Seal’s facial scarring – from him being forced to undergo an ancient African scarring ritual to being bitten by a lion. But Seal’s scars are actually the result of discoid lupus erythematosus, a skin condition that affects areas above the neck.
Harry Styles, Four Nipples
In 2012, Harry Styles revealed that he has not two, not three, but four nipples! The One Direction frontman even joked, “I must have been a twin, but the other one went away and left its nipples behind.”
Karolina Kurkova, no belly button
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karolina Kurkova has no belly button. When she was born she suffered an umbilical hernia which required surgery and left her without a traditional navel. But most people would never even know – digital belly buttons are added to nearly all of Karolina’s modeling photos.
Joaquin Phoenix, Cleft Palate
Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born with a condition known as microform cleft – a mild form of cleft palate that doesn’t require surgery, but does leave a permanent scar.
Stephen Colbert, Deformed Ear
As a child Stephen Colbert suffered a ruptured ear drum that left him deaf in his right ear. Now the talk show host can bend his ear inward and flip it back out by winking his eye. Peep the unique trick above.