South African female celebrities find themselves having to defend themselves from baseless accusations on a regular basis, and the same rings true when it comes to skin bleaching

If a popular figure is pictured looking slightly lighter than usual then it usually doesn’t take long for rumours of them bleaching their skin to start making the headlines.

There are a number of celebrities who are quite open about their bleaching procedures, but these women below did not appreciate the unjust speculation about the tone of their skin.

Thando Thabethe

Thando thought she had buried the skin bleaching rumours back in 2015 but when they resurfaced in October 2019, the 5FM presenter was forced to hit back and set the record straight.

DJ Zinhle

Remember the viral “10 Year Challenge” which kicked off this year? When DJ Zinhle posted her pictures, an influencer claimed that her bleaching was “on steroids”.

Zinhle didn’t appreciate the shade and snapped back firmly.