Color Clash?

Sammy Sosa is not the first celebrity to change his complexion. The Root takes a look at other celebrities who have had drastic, ahem, makeovers.

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  • Sammy Sosa Then...

    Sammy Sosa Then...

    “Someone you know has a dark-coffee complexion one week

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    —and then, bam!

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    —it’s café con leche the next.”

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    —Shiwani Srivastava wrote in “Color-Struck Across the Globe.”

    CAPTIONS BY: EBONI FARMER

  • Sammy Now...

    Sammy Now...

    On Nov. 4, Sammy Sosa debuted his new lighter skin at the Latin Grammys in November 2009. Sosa has admitted to using a skin bleaching cream at night before he goes bed.

  • Michael and La Toya Before...

    Michael and La Toya Before...

    Michael Jackson and his sister Latoya Jackson were once both a part of the darker persuasion.

  • Michael & La Toya After...

    Michael & La Toya After...

    Looks like they went to the same plastic surgeon

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    —and the same dermatologist.

  • Old School Lil' Kim

    Old School Lil' Kim

    Bet it’s hard to remember this Lil’ Kim!

  • New School Lil' Kim

    New School Lil' Kim

    When Lil’ Kim first came onto the music scene she was known for her lyrical skills. Today, the Queen B is known more for her often outlandish appearance.

  • Beyoncé: Photoshop Strikes Again?

    Beyoncé: Photoshop Strikes Again?

    Last year, L’Oreal came under fire for what appeared to be a case of digital skin lightening in this ad featuring Beyoncé. The company, which Beyoncé has been a spokesperson for since 2001, denied that Beyoncé’s ad was lightened. We’ll be the judge of that.

  • Being "Fair and Handsome" Can Make Your Life Better

    Being "Fair and Handsome" Can Make Your Life Better

    Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan has come under fire for his promotion of a skin bleaching cream for men, Fair and Handsome. Some people believe he is adding to the colorism that takes place in India. According to Sammy Sosa’s spokesperson, the retired baseball player might be joining Khan in endorsing a skin lightening cream.

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