If ever you need proof that psoriasis can affect anyone,1 look no further than these famous figures from the sports and entertainment industry.2 While they struggled with psoriasis, they have also proven that anyone can rise above the condition and live a successful and happy life.
Before winning two Grammy awards, releasing 10 studio albums and becoming a successful country singer, Rimes was battling psoriasis behind the scenes, a condition she was diagnosed with when she was just 2 years old.
In 2008, she went public with her condition by appearing in the “Stop Hiding, Start Living” psoriasis awareness campaign.3 In a Shape magazine interview, she discusses what drew her in to the cause:4
“ … By finally getting control over it instead of it having control over me, I wanted to speak out and let people know that there is hope. There are 7 million Americans living with psoriasis and a lot of them are not getting treatment because they think it's just a rash, when it's really a chronic skin disease that's been linked to medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.”
One-half of the iconic music act Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel has experienced scaly and itchy psoriasis outbreaks for most of his life. He even went to the Dead Sea in Tel Aviv, Israel to reportedly have the condition treated.5
He says in an interview with Canadian Jewish News: “I’ve been told that if you float in that salty, buoyant water, it’s very good for the skin. I found it not so much therapeutic as beautiful.”6
With five major golf titles (one Open Championship, three Masters Championships and a PGA Championship)7 under his belt, American golfer Phil Mickelson has definitely cemented his place as one of the sport’s best. What is inspiring about his achievements is that he accomplished some of them despite having psoriatic arthritis.8
Mickelson experienced the initial symptoms of psoriatic arthritis while preparing for the 2010 U.S. Open, which was held in Pebble Beach, California.9 Two days before the tournament started, he woke up in the morning in extreme pain, to the point he couldn’t get out of bed.10
He and his family sought the help of a rheumatologist to potentially diagnose his condition. Results from lab tests eventually revealed that he already had psoriatic arthritis.11 As for how he fared during the 2010 U.S. Open, Mickelson was able to play and landed in fourth place, three strokes behind Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.12,13
The most popular member of America’s first family of reality television, Kim Kardashian wasn’t silent about her experience with psoriasis. In fact, the cameras were rolling in her doctor’s office as Kardashian was diagnosed with the condition in an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” after noticing red and inflamed patches on her skin.14
However, Kardashian isn’t the only member of her family with psoriasis. Her mother, Kris Jenner, was also diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 30 years old.15