Shaunie O'Neal is trending this morning, after some new pictures of the Basketball Wives creator were released. Many folks on social media believe that Shaunie has recently bleached her skin.

Skin bleaching is very common among Black women in Hollywood. As many as 1 in 3 Black celebrities have bleached their skin at some point in their lives.

Skin whitening, skin lightening and skin bleaching is a technique of making a person's skin lighter. This is done by reducing the melanin responsible for dark skin. Some chemicals in form of creams, pills and injections are available. 

Some of those chemicals (such as compounds of mercury) may be toxic.

Shaunie O'Neal is the ex-wife of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal - she's also the creator and executive producer o the VH1 tv franchise Basketball Wives.

Shaunie was spotted out on the red carpet last night, looking a lot lighter than usual.

What do you think? Is she bleaching??

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The 44 year old, O'Neal is the creator and producer of Basketball Wives, a reality series that follows the wives, ex-wives, and girlfriends of professional basketball players. Another reality television show, Basketball Wives LA, follows the Los Angeles wives, ex-wives, and girlfriends of professional basketball players. O'Neal is the center of a third reality television series, Shaunie's Home Court, a reality series that follows the lives of her five children and family.