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Sammy Sosa Explains Away Lighter Skin

Nov. 12 2009, Published 11:31 a.m. ET

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Sammy Sosa set tongues wagging on November 4th when he turned up at an awards ceremony with noticeably lighter skin.

The former Chicago cubs slugger posed for photos on the red carpet at the Latin Grammy Awards with speculation flying that he had bleached his skin or was suffering from a medical condition.

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But according to the Dominican Republic native neither is the case, instead he excused away his paler complexion on the bright television lights and a night cream.

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Sosa, who turned 41 Thursday, told Primer Impacto, a program on the Spanish-language network Univision, "It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and it whitens my skin some."

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Sosa, who also wears colored contact lenses said he uses the cream as a moisturizer and is in discussions to market it.

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