Cicely Tyson told Larry King (CNN): ‘Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the skin disease vitiligo’!

July 11, 2009

Michael Jackson's single white hand glove was to cover his skin disease vitiligo.

Cicely Tyson reveals to CNN: ‘Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the vitiligo!

Last week Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson – who has been a friend of Michael since the 80’s – told Larry King (CNN) about how Michael Jackson came to wear the glove and saying that it was due to Jackson having vitiligo. Tyson told Larry King that the two shared a fashion designer and she was there when the glove was being created.

And it all does make sense:

The ‘single white glove’ (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip.

And both his ‘white fingertape’ and the ‘white armbrace’ can be related to the same purpose – for, there have several related theories about the true purposes of these wicked attributes!

Vitiligo is known for manifesting first on the hands – see the picture below (Michael Jackson’s hands are not included).

Vitiligo on hands.

Nevertheless, Michael Jackson was able to create some magic around the hand & arm features by telling his audience some ‘Wacko Jacko’ stories. Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

Cicely Tyson revealed to CNN that she and Michael Jackson shared a fashion designer in the 1980s:

“All of a sudden, he [the designer] said, ‘I’m doing this glove for Michael’. Michael was beginning to develop the vitiligo and it started on his hand. The glove was to cover the vitiligo; that’s how that glove came into being.” The glove design and reason for it were not just hearsay for Tyson, she said. “I was there when he was creating it.”

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!

Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

Over the years the “King of Pop” used many hand gloves.

Michael Jackson: 'the hand glove'.

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8 Responses to “Cicely Tyson told Larry King (CNN): ‘Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the skin disease vitiligo’!”

  1. mackat Says:

    This is a bit late reply, but I had to chime in.
    This story is only half correct. The fact is MJ did use the glove to cover up his vitiligo, however the skin disorder started when he was much younger. Look a bit closer at those pic’s in the 1970’s Afro days. He had it showing on his hands while doing the Jackson family TV show. He did not cover it very much with make up then. The reason he became so self conscious with his looks, was because a nasty Jackson 5 fan came up the boys one day when they were teens. MJ was going through his chronic acne and this “fan” did not recognize him, and said he was not MJ cause he was so “ugly”. This moment was a massive turning point regarding his looks. Once the vitiligo got really bad and he could not hide it as much with make up, a brother, I think it was Jackie, said “why not wear a glove”.

    The rest is history.

  2. handfacts Says:

    Hello Stefan Price,

    Yes, your info is correct! And Michael also used the hand glove in the Billy Jean videoclip (januari 1983).

    But what is your point? That info is also presented in the original article about Michael Jackson’s hands (and hand glove), see:

    http://www.handresearch.com/news/in-memoriam-hands-of-michael-jackson-hold-my-hand.htm#hand-glove

    Please, feel free to explain!

    Regards, Martijn.

  3. Stefan Price Says:

    Then how do you explain that michael started wearing a glove on the left hand starting with motown 25 in 1983 but then always wore a glove on the right hand from 1984 until the end?


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  6. MJ's fan for life and after. Says:

    Such a precious soul. xox I miss him and think about him so much.

  7. sri Says:

    Michael Jackson earnings already at $200 million for 2009 and new albums in the works. Funds might also come from sale of dozens of memorabilia and merchandise ventures along with a new film which just got approved. Let’s see how much does the auction of glove and official Opus costs. Michael Jackson’s most ardent fans would be excited to know all this. I like Michael Jackson a lot, so, started collecting all the information related to him (more than 200 sites). If you are interested check out the below article
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  8. vee Says:

    i love you michael i believe in you so much i pray you rest in peace maybe now theyll leave you alone.

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