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Celebrities with physical deformities you’ve never noticed

January 17th, 2016 2 min read


Here are celebrities with physical deformities you may never have noticed:

1. Denzel Washington’s crooked finger – As a child, Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington broke his pinkie playing basketball. Washington never had it set properly resulting in an awkwardly crooked finger bent permanently at about a 45 degree angle.

Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington.
Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington.

2. Sanaa Lathan’s clubbed thumbs – It’s hard to believe Sanaa Lathan has any physical imperfections, but the actress has a common deformity known as clubbed thumb, or brachydactylic. It’s a genetic condition characterized by short, bulbous thumbs and wide nail beds.

3. Damon Wayans’ clubbed foot – Funnyman Damon Wayans was born with a clubbed foot, a relatively common birth defect affecting nearly one in 1,000 people. The actor-comedian underwent treatment to correct his childhood deformity.

4. LeBron James’ mangled toes – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is one of the best players in the league. It’s amazing that his abnormal toes, captured in the beach photo, do not hamper his athletic ability on the basketball court.

LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Taye Diggs’ twelve fingers – Actor Taye Diggs revealed on the daytime talk show, The Talk, that he was born with 12 fingers. Long before he became famous he had the extra digits remove.  “My mom told me they asked her if she wanted to let the digit grow or to remove it, and they removed it. But I could have been really handy,” he joked.

6. Forest Whitaker’s lazy eye – Veteran actor Forest Whitaker says he inherited his lazy left eye from his father. Although he has yet to do so, he said he considered having the condition fixed because it affects his vision.

7. Seal’s facial scars – There’s been much speculation about the causes of Seal’s facial scarring, but the singer’s scars are actually the result of discoid lupus erythematosus, a skin condition that affects areas above the neck.

8. Oprah Winfrey’s extra toe – Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was photographed sporting sandals and the image appears to reveal she possesses a sixth toe on her left foot. However, it has not been confirmed whether Oprah really has an extra appendage, or if it’s just an unsightly bulge.

Global media personality Oprah Winfrey
Global media personality Oprah Winfrey