During the Oscars, Detroit native Selma Blair made her Hollywood debut since announcing her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in October 2018. She looked amazing, clad in a multi-striped Ralph Russo Gown and a flowing cape, wielding a custom made, monogrammed cane.
“Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.”Dictionary.com
Why did we choose her as our #WCW? Because she is a fighter, a survivor. She has taken her illness and turned it into a platform. She is speaking out against the injustices women face when seeking help from medical professionals.
Prior to her diagnoses, she sought medical attention for feelings of exhaustion, (so bad, that while picking up her son from school she would often have to pull over on the side of the road to take naps). It took years for her to be taken seriously. When she finally obtained an MRI, scans showed she had 20 different MS-related lesions on her brain. Instead of feeling devasted by the news, she quoted to Good Morning America that she felt, “relieved.” At least now she could do something about it.
So what is she doing? She recently announced that she is looking to create an accessible fashion line for disabled people. What does that do exactly? Bring dignity back to the disabled. Take a minute to think how long it would take to put on pants, button a shirt, or pull a sweater over your head.
“You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style.”Selma Blair
Fashion helps you express your individuality, gives you confidence. So cheers to you Selma Blair and her efforts to support everyone’s need for self-expression. We so look forward to following your journey and supporting you.
Sophia Bush is an American actress, activist, entrepreneur, and global education access advocate. Over the course of her career, Bush has captured film and television audiences alike with the diverse characters she portrays. Bush is also an early stage tech investor, who looks to bolster companies that create innovation and efficiency in people’s lives.