The public may be divided over Michael Jackson's legacy, but here's the real reason he started wearing makeup.
It's been over ten years since the King of Pop passed away, but fans aren't satisfied with the rumors that have circulated even before his death.
Michael Jackson was an icon and an inspiration to millions of people all over the world. His brilliance in music was made even more impressive because of his troubled childhood and apparently poor health throughout his life.
Fans and former employees have a lot of stories to share about Michael Jackson, including what it was like working for the King of Pop. But many of their thoughts and experiences are colored by implicit biases: some people really loved MJ, and others thought he was troubled and up to no good.
While fans can debate over plenty of things in Michael's life (allegations against him over his seemingly inappropriate relationships with children, his apparent fascination with plastic surgery, the secrecy surrounding the surrogacy and birth of his children), most of the question they have, they'll never get the answers to.
Speculation is the name of the game when it comes to Michael Jackson; even after reading through the autopsy report upon his passing, plenty of fans came to their own conclusions about his health, his happiness, and his legacy.
There's no denying that Michael Jackson changed a lot over the years. From being center stage in the Jackson Five to embarking on a solo career, his music changed significantly, too. But it's his appearance that always fascinated and confused fans.
Back in the '70s, when Michael Jackson was a rising star, he had dark skin, an afro, and for a while, adorably chubby cheeks. But by the time he passed away in 2009, Michael's skin was pale, his nose was much smaller and shaped differently, and his chin even looked to be a different shape.
One fan on Quora broke down their perceived timeline of Michael Jackson's physical changes, and they used a common theory to explain the changing of his skin. They also explained why Michael started wearing makeup (and when).
The theory goes that Michael Jackson had vitiligo; this is a fairly widely-accepted fact. CNN reported, in fact, that Jackson's autopsy proved the diagnosis.
What's not agreed upon is when the symptoms began and how Michael Jackson handled them. The Quora breakdown suggests that when Michael began developing patchy skin, he started using makeup that matched his darker skin tone to cover them up.
But as the vitiligo spread, fans say, Michael Jackson had to take a different approach; he started wearing lighter-toned makeup to transition into a paler appearance. Fans argue that Michael Jackson didn't lighten his skin with creams or treatments; he only attempted to cover the patchiness with whatever tone of makeup fit.
Some fans even speculate that Michael Jackson 's Neverland Ranch is haunted by none other than the King himself. Depending on what they believe, some fans might think it's true that Michael Jackson 's spirit lingers on at his former home. But either way, fans are not content to let the pop legend rest in peace.