Television and movies often sell the image of perfection and it’s hard to picture something wrong on people there. They all look flawless but well, they aren’t. Just like us, they have their small physical imperfections and there is nothing wrong with it.
In fact, thousands of people are born with the most different deformities, so it isn’t a surprise that famous actors, musicians, and TV stars also have them. It’s important to highlight that talking about those conditions is not only a curiosity but help people to give visibility to them. As a result, people will be more aware and comfortable to deal with them.
In fact, when a celebrity is open to talk about a deformity they have it is a great deal: it brings awareness to the public, help people to accept themselves and feel stronger. Especially for children in a school age and where bullying is sadly something common. So it’s amazing to hear Lily Allen talking about her third nipple or a Gemma Arterton joke about the fact she was born with extra fingers and a crumpled ear.
Some of those characteristics can make people unique and stand out among the crowd. That is why we made a list of 15 celebrities that were born with deformities - and perhaps you even didn’t notice.
We have known Oprah for decades, but it was only when TMZ showed a picture of her on slippers that public noticed a small deformity at the tv show host: her foot had six toes. She never talked about it, but it’s certainly not on her way to success.
There is a lot of superstition around it. In some ancient cultures, people believed it’s the result of combining the DNA of humans with fallen angels ( so it wasn’t a good thing). In other cultures, those people were revered. But the truth is that condition is a common congenital malformation (happen in one out of one thousand births) and it’s completely harmless.
This condition is called Polydactyly and besides Oprah, other famous people have an extra toe: the actress Halle Berry and the boxer Danny Garcia were other names that were born with it.
Mark Wahlberg is the best-paid actor in Hollywood and in 2017 he made US$67 million, according to Forbes magazine. Many people don’t notice it, but the actor has a small deformity. Just like the singer Lily Allen, he has a third nipple.
“I've come to embrace it. That thing's my prized possession”, said the actor in an interview for Rolling Stones. Perhaps that is his lucky charm.
As we know, the extra feature did never impact his career or love life. He dated stars like Jessica Alba who, after dating him claimed she wouldn’t date an actor again. “I'm way too high maintenance to be in a relationship with an actor. "I don't need a man who spends as much time in front of the mirror as me."
Elizabeth Berkley became famous after playing Jessie Spano, at the TV series Saved By The Bell at the 90’s and saw it slow down after the movie “Showgirl” ( considered one of the worst movies of all times). She has her beauty highlighted by a condition called heterochromia, where the person has irises with different colors. Her right eye is half green and half brown, and her left eye is all green.
According to the Office of Rare Diseases, 47 out of 7,000 children are born with the condition. In most cases, children born with it won't experience any other symptoms, so it is considered a harmless condition. It is also possible that a person develops it during life, what is called congenital heterochromia. That’s the case of Mila Kunis.
There were some difficulties during Sylvester Stallone’s birth and doctors decided to use a forceps to make the process easier. However, the forceps ended damaging a nerve on the baby’s face and part of Stallone’s face would be paralyzed for the rest of his life. If you ever wondered why his speech is a bit slurred, that is why.
Of course, Stallone was bullied for years because of it at school. But it was a motivation for him to exercise and become stronger. When he started acting, he got rejected by his looks and the way he talks.
However, the actor wrote the script of Rocky Balboa. The studios loved the script, but didn’t want to cast Stallone because “he looks funny and talk funny”. At some point the producers agreed to cast Stallone and, as we know, it was a success.
His paralyzed face would be a burden for most people, but in fact, it made Stallone stand out among other Hollywood action actors.
In 2008 all eyes were on Gemma Arterton when she was announced as the new Bond Girl in “Quantum of Solace” and she was soon pointed as one of the hottest women in Hollywood that year. However, beauty is not always flawless, what is great! During an interview, Gemma revealed that she was born with six fingers on each hand, a condition that affects one child in one thousand.
If it makes her feels insecure? Not at all. “It's my little oddity that I'm really proud of. People are really interested but repulsed at the same time”, joked during an interview for Esquire Magazine. “My dad had them, and my grandad. I feel like we're one step ahead - a sign of things to come. We could do more stuff if we had extra fingers - faster texting, faster emailing, better guitar-playing”, said.
Gemma had the most common form of the condition when the extra digits contain no bones and are attached to the little finger. The doctor removed it right after birth, tidying up the extra finger with suture and they felt off.
Seal is well known for his amazing angelical voice and his talent is recognized all over the world. However, besides the talent, there is another feature on the singer that is hard to ignore. During years, there were many rumors about how he got the scars, but the answer was very simple: Seal has lupus erythematosus, a type of lupus that affects only the skin.
Experts believe that some people are born with certain genes that affect how the immune system works. Discoid lupus typically causes sores on the face and head but can affect any other body part. It can also cause hair loss. It’s common that people that suffer from this type of lupus are sensitive to ultraviolet light. Approximately 10% of people with discoid lupus will develop systemic lupus.
Lily Allen was born with an extra nipple and has problems with it. Back in 2009 the singer showed her third nipple in a Dutch TV Show in a video that became viral. After that, the public could see it again on photo shoots and even due wardrobe malfunctions.
The condition is called supernumerary nipple, happens in the mother’s womb when the embryo starts to grow breast tissues. Normally the milk lines disappear by the 9th week, but in some cases, they don’t vanish completely and other breast tissues may appear in other parts of the body.
According to the Office of Rare Diseases, 200.000 people in the United States were born with the condition. Besides Harry Styles other celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Tilda Swinton, Harry Styles, and Bill Paxton were born with the condition.
If you ever google “DJ Paul”, from Three 6 Mafia, the first suggestion that will appear is “DJ Paul Arm”. People are often curious to know what happened to his right arm. In fact, the DJ is quite rude when asked about it. He is always wearing an elaborate arm brace to hide a birth defect that prevented his right arm from growing properly.
Paul suffers from Phocomelia, an extremely rare malformation condition that affects the limbs. In 50% of the cases, the mothers had taken thalidomide during the first trimester of pregnancy. Studies also point that the condition can inherit from both parents. In Europe. Australia and United States 10 thousand cases of phocomelia were reported and just half of the babies survived.
Catherine O'hara became a common household name after playing movies like Beetlejuice and Home Alone. The actress was born with Situs Inversus, a rare medical condition, where the heart is placed on the right side of the thorax and the organs in her chest and abdomen are arranged in a mirror image of the normal position. It happens in one in every 10.000 births.
It’s common that people born with Situs Inversus have heart problems at some point in their lives. The most common heart problem is the transposition of the great arteries. People with that condition are advised to carry a bracelet informing their condition, in case they need urgent medical care (like using a defibrillator, for example).
Other famous people who have it: Enrique Iglesias and Donny Osmond.
The lead singer of KISS’ was born with Level 3 Microtia, a congenital deformity congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear, and occurs in approximately 1 out of every 8,000 to 10,000 births.
“There is no ear canal and no direct path to the inner workings of the ear. Except for bone conduction, I'm virtually deaf on my right side, as there is no access for sound to enter”, told the singer to CNN. He also talked about the problem in his memoir “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”
“People often ask if my hearing problem has had any impact on my career. It's sometimes hard for people to understand that you don't miss what you've never had. When blind people speak about seeing or colors, it's very personal to them.”
Mickey Rourke is an actor who never tried to show himself as perfect and had many troubles during his career. Despite that, he got leading roles in films like Heaven’s Gate, Body Heat, Diner, Eureka, Angel Heart, Desperate Hours, White Sands. Buffalo ’66, The Informers, Iron Man 2, Passion Play and the list goes on. He was also on box career.
The actor also made many plastic surgeries, but there is something he can’t hide: his gnarly fingers and unusual fingernails. He never talked about it ( and no one asked), but it is hard to not notice, they are very yellow and curved. Since Mickey appeared for the first time on the screen, they have been like that. And they are certainly not easy on the eyes.
The Weezer singer was just a regular boy who, as many other kids, used to dream about becoming a soccer player. However, when he was 11-year-old, he did a physical exam that revealed that his left leg was 44mm shorter than the right one.
“I went into two years of real sadness and confusion, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life; then I discovered heavy-metal guitar and I haven't looked back”, said the singer during an interview for The Guardian.
Years later, he underwent surgery to correct the issue. “I had an operation where they cut my femur in half and put my leg in a steel-frame; each day I would turn some screws on the frame so that it would extend and increase the space in the break in my bone. After 13 months that space filled in and my leg was longer”, explained the singer.
He was back on tour two months after the surgery and making other dreams come true. “ As soon as the frame was off I was back out on the soccer field. I couldn't run - I was basically hopping - but I was so happy to play. I'd been dreaming about it”, added.
Karolina Kurkova, the Victoria Secret supermodel, made headlines in 2008 after walking the catwalk in lingerie. The media and fans where shocked to see that Karolina's flat, tanned stomach had an almost invisible bellybutton. The blonde bombshell's navel became headline news, and everyone began speculating about what really happened to her bellybutton. Karolina's rep eventually told the media that the missing navel resulted from the model "having an operation when she was an infant."
Now, we know that Karolina wasn't born with this deformity, but we still had to put her on the list! Although the type of surgery Karolina had remains unreported, many have speculated that it was an umbilical hernia that caused her missing navel.
Perhaps most people are not familiar with his name yet, but they should. He will be in the Hollywood remake of Kaabil, a movie that tells the story of a blind man who wants revenge for the rape of his wife. He was also the star of the Bollywood version.
Hrithik Roshan is already one of the most popular actors in India and it’s hard to don’t notice that he has two thumbs on one hand. The actor, who was already voted as the sexiest man in Asia doesn’t seem to be bothered by his deformity.
"I am lucky. Not cause I got voted sexiest. Cause I just noticed God gave me a piece of ugly to carry with me to remind myself n others of how beautiful our imperfections make us. My thumb used to repel people in school. Today I am posting it to millions like you who I know are just like me. Beautifully imperfect. Thank you God for this wonderful life. Make your weaknesses your strength. Be proud. U are beautiful. Trust me.", said on his Facebook.
John Henson is a familiar face for most of all. He is an actor, comedian, and talk show host. He was the co-host of ABC's Wipeout during seven seasons. Henson was born with a streak of white hair on the right side of his head and, because of that, he received the nickname of “Skunk Boy”, when hosted The Soup.
This condition is called Poliosis and happen due the decrease or absence of melanin in head hair, eyebrows, eyelashes or any other hairy area. It can also be linked to several genetic syndromes. According to specialists, It is often hereditary.
Other celebrities like the musicians David and Ed Miliband have the same condition. And so did Claire Bloom, Stacy London Dave Vanian.