Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams has Scoliosis. Before Vanessa became a famous star through her seasons of Ugly Betty she was to be a dancer.
Vanessa was recently nominated for an Emmy for the 2nd time for her role as the wicked diva Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty. For those of you who have not heard of Ugly Betty, it is an ABS comedy hit show dedicated to Mode magazine and the world of fashion.
Vanessa Williams wanted to be a professional dander with the Joffrey Ballet until those plans were cut short by Scoliosis. (curvature of the spine)
Vanessa is reported to have said "It derailed me for a while,". "It was so severe I had to have a spinal fusion where they put 8-inch metal rods and screws in my spine. I just took off one year where I didn't do any physical activity. But then, of course, I was terrified. It's so strange … It felt like having an operation and then healing and going back to your real body. It was really like having a new center of gravity and getting used to a new body."
She admits, "It was devastating for a while not to be able to dance and know I couldn't be a professional ballerina, but I got to leave the hospital, and when you're in the hospital you realize that some people don't get to leave."
As things turned out, "it was a blessing in disguise because I couldn't dance, and that's when I started acting and fell in love with it. Now I'm so grateful that I've come back from it, and I'm as flexible as I used to be. I feel blessed every day I can get up and walk and run and jump and dance."
We are pleased to hear that Vanessa is managing to cope with her Scoliosis and continue with her life, we are also pleased that she has found a profession that suits her Scoliosis needs. I know many people who found out they had Scoliosis from being a dancer and had to stop because of the operation, however, being a dancer does help build good strong core muscles and we hope that Vanessa manages to keep those muscles supple and strong for the future.
All the best Vanessa and good luck with season 3 of Ugly Betty - we love you!
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