Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him


Over the years, Jackson's face changed dramatically as his skin appeared lighter, his nose narrower and his chin more defined, which prompted stories about addictions to plastic surgery and skin bleaching. Jackson admitted to twice altering his nose and adding a cleft to his chin, but told Winfrey, "I've never had my cheekbones done, never had my eyes done, never had my lips done." As for his changing skin color, Jackson blamed it on vitiligo, "a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin," he said. "I have to even out my skin."

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