14 Black Celebrities Caught Whitening Their Skin

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Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is best known for her childhood role as the dark and lovely Vanessa Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show.” But when she was spotted on the red carpet looking like Casper the ghost, the Web went into shock and skin bleaching rumors ran amok.

1. Trina

Rapper Trina’s skin bleaching before and after. The rapper Trina rose to notoriety when she was featured on Trick Daddy’s hit song “Nann Nigga.” But one thing we do know is: when a black woman dons blond hair, green contacts, and bleaches three shades lighter, there is no doubt she has a color complex.

2. Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and reality television personality. While sitting in a recent interview, she attributed her new color to having the Michael Jackson disease. The singer said, “Anybody with skin issues knows that that’s a very sensitive subject. And that’s why I’ve never shared that I have Vitiligo, because I do. I’ve always had it, since I was a young girl. It’s not as bad as others because everybody has it differently, but I’ve certainly had mine diagnosed. That’s why I tan. People say, ‘You bleach your skin!’ But I tan just so I can have a better tone on my skin, boo!” Vitiligo or bleachiligo? You be the judge!

3. Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel is a Jamaican dancehall artist, songwriter and businessman who actually celebrates his new, lighter look. “This is my new image,” Kartel said in an interview. “You can expect the unexpected. I feel comfortable with black people lightening their skin. They want a different look. It’s tantamount to white people getting a sun tan.”

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