LeAnn Rimes was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was two years old, and now she’s normalizing and proving how beautiful every type of body is.
She stripped down for a photoshoot with Glamour, in which she’s seen kneeling amid a green landscape, with her psoriasis on display throughout her back and legs. “So much of my journey, both personally and within my creations, my new chant record and podcast coming out soon, has been excavating pieces that I’ve been hiding and bringing them to the light,” she wrote. “It’s been and still is a journey of allowing them out and welcoming and reintegrating those fragments back into wholeness. Music has been my gift, and why I’m here. 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? That’s what these photos are to me,” she continued. “I needed this. My whole body—my mind, my spirit—needed this desperately.”
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In the accompanying Glamour essay celebrating World Psoriasis Day, the singer noted how the stress of 2020 has caused her condition to flare up again, two years after easing off of shots. “I now feel like I’m at a point in my life where I just want to break out of that cage,” she wrote. “We’re at a moment in time right now when we’re all being stripped of everything we thought we needed — and now we can see how worthy and good enough we are without all of the bulls—.”
“We’re worthy without the makeup and the artifice,” she continued. “We’re worthy of love without having to work for it. And that’s why I’m tired of hiding.”