‘My condition is not contagious’ Former Machachari actress mama Stella decries stigma

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 7 Jul, 2022 10:21 | 2 mins read
'My condition is not contagious' Former Machachari actress mama Stella decries stigma
Former Machachari actress Clara Wamaitha alias mama Stella shows how Vitiligo has affected her skin. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Former Machachari actress Clara Wamaitha aka Cindy Mama Stella is protesting being discriminated against because of a rare skin condition she is suffering from.

The actress while speaking to a local publisher lamented that she has not been able to get any acting gig ever since she was diagnosed with vitiligo.

She complained that people including even some of her former Machachari colleagues have been avoiding her like a plague out of fear she could infect them.

"Since I got vitiligo, I have not acted again and they have never visited me," Wamaitha lamented.

"The only person who called me for a show was June, from there Cindy is like a certain disease, no one has called me for work," she added.

The former Machachari actress noted that she is experiencing stigma because there is a lot of ignorance around vitiligo.

"My condition is not like it is a contagious thing you cannot get a job or something. It's not contagious but they don't know that, they want people with perfect skin like you," she said.

The former Machachari actress had 'normal' skin

Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin colour in blotches. It occurs when pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning. Loss of skin colour can affect any part of the body, including the mouth, hair and eyes. It may be more noticeable in people with darker skin.

Treatment may improve the appearance of the skin but currently, there is no cure for vitiligo. [sic]

Wamaitha used to have 'normal' skin until she was diagnosed with full-blown Vitiligo years after exiting the Machachari show.

"Even before Machachari ended, I spotted some slight colouring but then I ignored it. I was not that keen on my skin but after some time it became full-blown (vitiligo) but am currently recovering. Nimetumia pesa na medication sio rahisi hata kidogo (Have used a lot of money on treatment)," she said.