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.”

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Michael Jackson: 'the hand glove'.

How Michael Jackson's single white hand glove became his trademark.

How Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove became his trademark!

Jackson’s 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. What is the symbolic meaning of this ‘strange’ aspect of his work?

Michael described the glove as a symbol of his ‘onstage life’ – the “magic” that he so frequently spoke about, the “escapism,” as he put it, that he felt was his mission to “give to” an audience. The glove seemed to go hand in hand with the magical white light that always is seen streaming through the movies of film director Steven Spielberg – who was a good friend of Michael Jackson.

“I wish we could all spend some time in his world,” Spielberg said about his friend, but for Spielberg and most members of his audience, it would only be a tourist venture. Michael Jackson lives in that world all the time and the glove is a connection between that world and his audience on the outside. It beckons them to cross over, at least for a time.
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.”

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

It appears that Jackson was able to wave away the ‘rumours’ for quite a while, but with the arrival of news that Michael Jackson’s died reality has dramatically whiped away the rumours about his health.

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