Until Michael Jackson’s famous interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, most people had never heard of vitiligo.
Even after MJ told the Queen of Media that the rare condition was the reason his skin became lighter over the years, the masses of his fans – and naysayers – weren’t exactly sure what vitiligo was and refused to believe the King of Pop had the condition.
But because of this interview, the word “vitiligo” was no longer taboo; it was now out in the open, despite whether or not people thought Michael Jackson had it or not.
More and more people began trying to understand the condition.
Vitiligo is medically explained as occurring “when pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning. Loss of skin color can affect any part of the body, including the mouth, hair, and eyes. It may be more noticeable in people with darker skin.”
Still, despite the most famous entertainer on the planet claiming to suffer from the condition, many people living with vitiligo still felt isolated and alone.