A Twitter video that showing the gradual change of Michael Jackson’s face from 1969 (when he was 11 years old) to 2009 (when he was 50) has reignited the debate about his appearance, one of the many controversial aspects of the “King of Pop”.
The video shows how Jackson’s skin colour and facial features changed over the years, his complexion getting lighter and nose and cheekbones becoming sharper.
People will never be comfortable in their own skin no matter how many cirjuries they get. God made you perfect since the beggining and man came to mess everything up.
— Kryptonite/CRYPTO ANGEL 🚀 (@Kryptonite84) July 26, 2022
The video posted on June 26 has gathered over 5.2 million views. In the comments section, many fans bemoaned that Jackson, one of the 20th century’s most popular cultural figures, underwent excessive cosmetic surgeries while others defended the late star saying the surgeries were part of a medical treatment.
Yes, he absolutely 100% changed his skin because he wanted too. He didn’t have to change his skin color, he had the resources and chose to do it. He even changed his lips and nose. All choices. That said, he’s still one of if not the greatest entertainer of all time!
— BigToro (@Yaboit80sbaby) July 26, 2022
Jackson suffered from vitiligo, a disease in which skin loses its colour in patches. He also suffered from lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own organs. Many believe that Jackson had to undergo surgeries owing to these illnesses.
😂His skin was white when I was in the world, and I kept seeing his 80’s videos on VH1. Saw White Michael do music too and thought they were 2 different people😂 I’m like why he is just out here stealing Black Michael’s style and my dad told me they’re the same person.😂
— Mario Lamar Terrell II (@SuperMario_1990) July 26, 2022
Other than this in 1979, Jackson broke his nose during dance practice and had to undergo surgery. Later in 1984, he suffered second-degree burns to his scalp when he was shooting for a Pepsi commercial. This accident forced him to undergo treatments to hide the burn scars on his head.
However, there are conflicting opinions on how many plastic surgeries that Jackson undertook were mandated for health reasons and how many were done for aesthetic reasons.