She recently opened up about what it was like to be a 17-year-old girl on the set of Coyote Ugly 20 years ago.
Now, singer LeAnn Rimes is being ‘unabashedly honest’ about another life experience – specifically, her struggles with the skin condition known as psoriasis.
In honor of World Psoriasis Day on Thursday, the Can’t Fight The Moonlight singer, 38, posed in two stunningly candid nude photos on her Instagram, which display her fit figure partially covered in red spots.
Baring all: Singer LeAnn Rimes is being ‘unabashedly honest’ about another life experience – specifically, her struggles with the skin condition known as psoriasis
The first photo saw LeAnn from the side, sitting on her heels in the grass outdoors.
Her arm was placed just in front of her breast and her blond hair cascaded over her shoulder.
The second picture was taken from behind, showing the entirety of Rimes’s back showing the patches of psoriasis up close.
Her tattoo saying ‘Love’ was visible lower down on the small of her back.
In honor of World Psoriasis Day: The Can’t Fight The Moonlight singer, 38, posed in two stunningly candid nude photos on her Instagram
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal, according to webmd.
‘This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covered with white scales. They can grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back,’ it was added.
Psoriasis usually appears in early adulthood.
For most people, it affects just a few areas. In severe cases, psoriasis can cover large parts of the body. The patches can heal and then come back throughout a person’s life, the site added.
The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type you have.
Some common symptoms for plaque psoriasis – the most common variety of the condition – include: Plaques of red skin, often covered with silver-colored scales.
‘These plaques may be itchy and painful, and they sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the plaques will grow and merge, covering large areas.’ it was added.
It can also affect the health of nails.
Psoriasis can’t be passed from person to person though it does sometimes happen in members of the same family.
People with psoriasis can also get a type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.
It causes ‘pain and swelling in the joints.’ Between 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis, stated The National Psoriasis Foundation.
In the caption, the two-time Grammy winner discussed how her journey in life has been about ‘excavating pieces that I’ve been hiding and bringing them to the light.’
‘Music has been my gift, and why I’m here,’ LeAnn also said. ‘But I want to give a voice to these other pieces of me. And I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like.
‘You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief?’ she continued. ‘That’s what these photos are to me. I needed this. My whole body—my mind, my spirit—needed this desperately.’
In her bio, the How Do I Live songstress linked to a confessional essay she penned for Glamour Magazine about her condition, where she shared more details.
Under the heading ‘LeAnn Rimes Is Done Trying to Hide Her Psoriasis’, she shared how she first was diagnosed when she was only two years old.
And while it’s been 16 years since her last flare-up, the stresses of 2020 had caused her psoriasis to return.
‘This time Rimes refuses to keep it a secret,’ the article said.
‘These weren’t the days when there were commercials about psoriasis on TV or open discussions about skin conditions. No one was talking about this,’ LeAnn wrote in the essay about when she was first diagnosed.
‘And certainly not when I signed my first record deal at 11. In the world we lived in, our “flaws” were not invited to the forefront.
‘I tried everything I could to treat it: steroid creams, major medications — I even tried being wrapped in coal tar with Saran Wrap,’ she continued. ‘And when I was in public, I did I everything I could to hide it. Onstage I’d often wear two pairs of pantyhose or jeans — even in 95-degree heat.’
Later in the essay, Rimes addressed the new photos specifically.
‘When I look at these photos, I see so much more than my skin,’ she wrote.
‘Before this shoot, my husband would look at me like, “I don’t even see that,” which I obviously didn’t understand. I’d think, How can’t you see it?! It’s all over me! I think I see what he sees now.’
‘It’s amazing how small we can keep ourselves. When you finally allow yourself to step outside of what you’ve been caging in, the whole world opens up,’ she later added.
In the caption: The Grammy winner discussed how her journey in life has been about ‘excavating pieces that I’ve been hiding and bringing them to the light’
Spiritual: The How Do I Live songstress this week penned a confessional essay about her condition, where she shared more details; seen on Instagram
Psoriasis struggle: While it’s been 16 years since her last flare-up, the stresses of 2020 had caused LeAnn’s psoriasis to return; seen here in Januar
‘Before this shoot, my husband would look at me like, “I don’t even see that,” which I obviously didn’t understand. I’d think, How can’t you see it?! It’s all over me!’ she said in the essay of husband Eddie Cibrian; seen together in January
And later on Thursday, the singer took to her Instagram Stories to thank fans for the ‘overwhelming outpouring of love’ she received since posting the revealing photos.
She went on to say that the reason she allowed herself ‘to be seen so deeply’ was to connect with others sharing in the struggle with psoriasis.
‘So many out there who relate to this, who relate to me,’ she added, ‘just know that you’re not alone.’
‘I wanted to share in our humanness. You are loved and you are worthy.’
Later on Thursday: The singer took to her Instagram Stories to thank fans for the ‘overwhelming outpouring of love’ she received since posting the revealing photos