Celebs with Psoriasis

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects more than 8 million people in the United States and more than 125 million people globally. So it makes sense that some stars out there have the condition.

We’ve rounded up several celebs who are vocal and candid about their psoriasis and how the disease affects their lives.

Jonathan Van Ness

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Affectionately known to fans as JVN, this beloved “Queer Eye” star posted a shirtless Insta photo in 2018 that got more than 55K likes. “Sickeningly Gorge,” he wrote. “I left my psoriasis and my body unretouched, why should I dim my shine henny?” You shouldn’t, JVN!

He later posted another shirtless shot, garnering more than 215K likes, sharing that he’d been flare-free for 6 months. The post included an important caveat: “But if I get a flare again she still works it so either way we cool,” he wrote.

Kim Kardashian

If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you may know that Kim Kardashian West has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Cyndi Lauper

The ’80s rocker chick of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” fame has become the psoriasis awareness rock star the world needs.

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Lauper says her goal is to raise awareness to reduce stigma and help people find effective treatments. “Nobody talks about it,” she said in an interview. “I’m a big fan of unpopular causes.”

LeAnn Rimes

On her Insta she shared, “I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like. You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief? That’s what these photos are to me. I needed this.”

Dara Torres

The five-time Olympian, who swam her way to 12 medals, said in an interview that she at first thought she had a rash from chlorine and spending so much time in the pool. She sought treatment when it became intolerable. That’s when she learned she had psoriasis.

Since then, Torres has been raising awareness through various campaigns to help others with the condition. “You need to follow your dreams and not let this get in the way of what you want to do,” she has said. “You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should feel comfortable in your own skin.”

The takeaway

Psoriasis affects people from all walks of life, including musicians, television stars, and Olympic athletes. Regardless of one’s fame or fortune, Grammys or gold medals, psoriasis can be a debilitating condition. Itchy, scaly patches of skin can certainly sap anyone’s self-assuredness, whether they’re in front of the camera or going out with friends.

The celebrities mentioned here help keep the conversation real about psoriasis so others with the condition can get the treatment they need and feel more confident about the skin they’re in.

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