LeAnn Rimes Opens Up About Lifelong Psoriasis Battle: A Journey of Awareness and Hope

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LeAnn Rimes has struggled with psoriasis since age two and has recently been open about her disease to raise awareness. When she was younger, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/actress used to feel ashamed.

Hiding Psoriasis in the Spotlight

“As I became a performer, I went to great lengths to hide my psoriasis,” said Rimes in an interview with the National Psoriasis Foundation.

She is leading a nationwide campaign, “Stop Hiding from Psoriasis,” encouraging people with psoriasis to talk with their dermatologists about the impact of the disease.

LeAnn Rimes has struggled with psoriasis since age 2LeAnn Rimes, seen at LAX on June 14, 2018, in Los Angeles, California, has struggled with psoriasis since age 2 (Credit: WENN)

Challenges on Stage

At one point, LeAnn’s body was 80 percent covered with lesions, including her hands, feet, and midsection. The severe condition made her uncomfortable showing her skin.

When performing on stage, she would wear two pairs of pantyhose to hide the impact of the disease.

“Performing onstage when I was experiencing a flare was difficult,” Rimes said. “My skin would crack and bleed, causing pain and discomfort.”

Psoriasis in America

Psoriasis affects nearly seven million Americans, including CariDee English and Kim Kardashian. LeAnn Rimes has worked with her dermatologist to find an effective treatment regimen to manage her psoriasis.


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Personal Battle and Treatment Success

Combined with focusing on reducing stress and maintaining a healthy diet, she’s learned to manage her disease effectively.

In a December 2018 interview with Health Magazine, she discussed her struggle with psoriasis.

“I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 2. I had a really bad bout with strep throat, and that’s when I first had patches break out on my scalp. It’s been an ongoing battle my whole life. I’ve been able to find a good dermatologist and get it under control. I’ve been clear for about five years now, which is pretty amazing, because when I was about 6, psoriasis covered 80% of my body.”

Public Appearances and Fashion Choices

In December 2001, LeAnn Rimes attended the first-ever American Giving Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The American Giving Awards is an event that honors and highlights the most deserving charities in the United States.

LeAnn Rimes arrives at the 1st annual American Giving AwardsLeAnn Rimes arrives at the 1st annual American Giving Awards presented by Chase held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on December 9, 2011 (Credit: Starbux / WENN)

As both a presenter and a performer at the awards show, LeAnn Rimes ensured all eyes on her stayed on her by wearing this figure-hugging and leg-flaunting Azzedine Alaia dress.

LeAnn Rimes flaunted her sexy legs in a figure-hugging Azzedine Alaia dressLeAnn Rimes flaunted her sexy legs in a figure-hugging Azzedine Alaia dress (Credit: Starbux / WENN)

However, I don’t think this dress was the best choice for LeAnn Rimes. The dress’s cut and fit seem more suited to someone with curvier hips or an hourglass shape.

LeAnn Rimes shows off her rings and jewelryLeAnn Rimes shows off her rings and jewelry (Credit: Starbux / WENN)

But as this is LeAnn Rimes, one of the celebs we can trust always to be wearing fabulous shoes, she instantly redeemed this outfit through her choice of footwear.

Never mind that they look off with the ill-fitting dress. We’re all just here for the shoes anyway, so let’s just focus on them:

LeAnn Rimes's sexy toes in Giuseppe Zanotti sandalsLeAnn Rimes’s sexy toes in Giuseppe Zanotti sandals (Credit: Starbux / WENN)

I imagine these sharp shoes with a geometrically cut dress or something very flowy but in a deep, dark shade.

Even something like Kirsten Dunst’s trench coat dress would work for me—anything a little less frilly and a little sexier with a touch of edginess.

LeAnn Rimes’ outfit-saving shoes are these from Giuseppe Zanotti:

Giuseppe Zanotti Suede T-Strap Platform SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Suede T-Strap Platform Sandals, $594.99

These suede t-strap platform sandals have dizzying 6″-high heels balanced out by 1 3/4″ platform soles.